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Crowds at a busy Isaacs on the Quay, at Ipswich Waterfront, in trhe summer.

When businessman Aidan Coughlan bought the historic Isaac Lord buildings, some of which date back to medieval times, there were people who thought he was mad.

Selfridge's full-year profits have fallen.

Selfridges has reported a drop in full-year profit following a company-wide investment programme that bit into the balance sheet.

The Government has reduced its stake in Lloyds Bank.

The Government has reduced its stake in Lloyds Banking Group to less than 9% following a share sale, gaining more than £340m for the Treasury.

Barclays says it has set aside an extra £600m to meet compensation claims for mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

Barclays says it has set aside an extra £600m to meet compensation claims for mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) in the third quarter.

Debenhams has reported a slump in profits.

Debenhams has reported a slump in full year profits, laying bare the challenge facing new boss Sergio Bucher.

BT has seen profits rise in the last quarter.

BT has reported better than expected earnings for the second quarter as the telecoms giant continues to attract customers following its acquisition of EE.

Felixstowe town centre looking busy and vibrant.

Two Suffolk communities have been praised for revitalising their high street “as a unique place for living, working and shopping”.

Lloyds has put aside £1bn for PPI compensation.

Lloyds Banking Group has set aside another £1bn to meet compensation claims for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI).

Daryl Johnson, General Manager at Bannatyne Bury St Edmunds, Anthony Elliott, Operations Director at Bannatyne Group, and Karen Wilkinson, Group Head of Spa for Bannatyne Group.

A Bury St Edmunds-based spa is celebrating a £375,000 facelift.

Solar panels at a solar farm. Half a million solar panels were installed every day last year, as renewables overtook coal to become the largest source of power capacity worldwide.

Half a million solar panels were installed every day last year, as renewables overtook coal to become the largest source of power worldwide.

Santander UK has reported a rise in profit.

Santander UK has reported a rise in profit, but again warned that earnings could take a hit as a result of Brexit.

Mobile phone giant Vodafone has been slapped with a £4.6 million fine by Britain's telecom watchdog for breaching consumer protection rules.

Vodafone has been slapped with a £4.6m fine by Britain’s telecom watchdog for breaching consumer protection rules.

Emma Kelly, Lisa Thomasson, Robert Rennie, Eddie Cheung, Ben Ward and David Wright were six of 1500 people taking on the coldest rivers, muddiest bogs and more than 20 obstacles.

A team of six IPRS Group employees from head office in Ipswich are celebrating their achievements after putting their fitness and teamwork to the test in the 2016 Whole Hog Race Suffolk.

Undated handout photo issued by John Lewis of Paula Nickolds who has been appointed as their new managing director, becoming the first woman in the role in the department store chain's 152-year history. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday October 25, 2016. Ms Nickolds has been promoted from her current role as commercial director and replaces long-serving boss Andy Street, who stepped down after joining the West Midlands mayoral race on a Conservative Party ticket. See PA story CITY JohnLewis. Photo credit should read: Greg Funnell/PA Wire

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Paula Nickolds has been appointed managing director of John Lewis, becoming the first woman in the role in the department store chain’s 152-year history.

Carpetright profits are down.

Carpetright has seen sales slump in the first half of the year as the retailer warned that the collapse in sterling will increase costs.

Several jobs are up for grabs at an Ipswich-based law company.

Sales growth has rebounded at coffee chain Costa.

Costa Coffee owner Whitbread has reported a rise in half-year profits as it brews up plans to tap the artisan coffee market.

Ipswich High School

One of Suffolk’s top independent schools has announced it is recruiting several new members of support staff.

David Anderson, Managing Director of BHS International, as the Qatari owners of the rebooted BHS brand are to push the retailer through a major international expansion.

The Qatari owners of the rebooted BHS brand are to push the retailer through a major international expansion.

A Carluccio's restaurant in Norwich.

Italian restaurant group Carluccio’s is to create up to 500 jobs a year as part of expansion plans following a multimillion-pound investment from its owners.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II performs a fly past during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford - the world's largest military airshow.

Struggling aerospace and defence firm Cobham has issued a profit warning after “challenging” trading in the third quarter.

The rebranded University of Suffolk has also improved the economic prospects of Ipswich, pushing up house prices, estate agents say.

University of Suffolkl puts the focus on business at the Waterfront this week

Lloyds Banking Group is expected to make a further provision for PPI payoyts.
Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s biggest banks are expected to reveal another mammoth hit from the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal in third quarter updates due this week, after the City watchdog announced plans in the summer to push back the deadline for claims,

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, cuts the ribbon to open the new TravelQuest branch in Ipswich, with members of the TravelQuest team.
From left, Vicki Wood, Poppy Brown, John Dugmore, Michelle Thake, Paul Hardwick and Karen Jones.

A Suffolk travel company has expanded with the opening of a second branch.

Terry Hunt, editor of the East Anglian Daily Times, left, and Boshor Ali, chairman of the Bangladeshi Support Centre (BSC), right, with other supporters of the Suffolk BME Business Awards from Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the University of Suffolk and the BSC.	
Photo: Nigel Brown

More than 40 nominations have been received for the inaugural Suffolk BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Business Awards.

Tim King, group fleet manager at Turners (Soham), left, takes delivery of the firm's newest truck from Eddie Hennessy, regional manager of DAF Trucks UK, representing regional dealership Chassis Cab. 
Photo: Keith Mindham Photography

Suffolk-based logistics company Turners (Soham) Ltd has reported increased annual revenues and profit, and says it is “well placed” for further success despite competitive market conditions.

Sandy Jackson - Mark Westley Photography

British Gas has been forced to backtrack after repeatedly billing a 91-year-old great-grandmother for hundreds of pounds more than she owed.

Ian Thoroughgood, associate director at Grant Thornton in Ipswich, with Jonathan Agar, chief executive of Birketts.

Business advisers firm Grant Thorton is to unveil its 15th “Suffolk Limited” report next month on how the county’s leading businesses have performed over the past year.

Colleagues at Care UK's Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre.

Colchester-based Care UK is celebrating after one of its nine NHS treatment centres across the country achieved an overall “Outstanding” rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs graduates.

Seventeen entrepreneurs from School for Social Entrepreneurs East, at Ipswich Waterfront have graduated from Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Adnams Bitter pairs well with roast meats.

The finance boss of East Anglian brewer Adnams has urged MPs to consider if “over-generous” pension promises which could bring companies to their knees could be watered down or reversed.


Thursday, October 20, 2016
Containers at the Port of Felixstowe.

Supply chain group Harrison C White (HCW), which is based in Felixstowe, has signed a heads of terms deal to acquire a “substantial” stake in Scottish shipping and logistics company Anchor Freight.

Students at the Suffolk Skills Show, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich.
Photo: Keith Mindham

More than 4,000 young people attended the Suffolk Skills Show at Trinity Park in Ipswich yesterday, getting an insight into the huge range of careers available with local employers.

General view of a Travis Perkins branch.
Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Builders’ merchant group Travis Perkins has revealed plans to close more than 30 branches in a move affecting 600 jobs across the company.

Phil Hall is a new tax partner at BDO in Ipswich.

There has been a lot of positive news coming from BDO over the past few weeks.

The accountancy, tax and business advisory firm, which saw new managing partner Paul Eagland take up position earlier this month, also announced a double digit growth in profits, citing its investment in talent and technology as key drivers.

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