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With tourism worth an estimated £1.8billion to Suffolk every year and employing nearly 40,000 people, it is a critical sector to local economic development.

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The launch event for the 2015 Anglia Business Exhibition at Hintlesham Hall.

Organisers, partners and sponsored gathered at Hintlesham Hall for the official launch of this year’s Anglia Business Exhibition.

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Taylor Wimpey reports its annual results on Tuesday.

The benefits of the UK’s economic recovery will be highlighted this week when housebuilder Taylor Wimpey and broadcaster ITV post annual results.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Concertus directors Andrew Rowe, Carl Lockwood and Matthew Self.

Property and design consultancy Concertus is approaching its second birthday since it being divested from Suffolk County Council control. Ross Bentley met the senior management team to talk about the journey the business has been on over the past two years.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Members of the Suffolk Unlocked project team in Southwold, from left, Amanda Bond (Visit Suffolk), Erika Clegg and Susi Castle (Spring), Bernadette Mooney, Emily Roe, Laura Locke and Kirsty Downes (UCS), Nikki Holland-Gladwish (Spring).

Growth in the tourism industry accounts for 30% of all new jobs created in the UK over the past four years, including 147,000 in the East of England, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Philip Turner of Chestnut Inns.

First The Packhorse, near Newmarket, then the Rupert Brook just over the border in Cambridgeshire. Now entrepreneur Philip Turner has turned his attention to Ounce House in Bury St Edmunds. Tessa Allingham talked to him about his vision for Chestnut Inns.

Sunday, February 22, 2015
The offices of HSBC at Canary Wharf in London.

The banking sector will dominate a busy week for annual results with figures due from Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC.

Friday, February 20, 2015
Specflue managing director Jeremy Fry.

Specflue in Sudbury is a Suffolk success story, having blazed a trail in the chimney, flue and renewable heating sector. Ross Bentley met managing director Jeremy Fry to find out how the business has become a leader in its field.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Angela Rushforth, managing director of  Ridgeons.

Angela Rushforth, managing director at regional builders’ merchants Ridgeons, became the first female chairman of the CBI East of England Regional Council in December. She spoke to Ross Bentley about her new appointment and why she wants more people, men and women, to consider a career in the builders merchants sector.

Sunday, February 15, 2015
David Brown, chief executive at Go-Ahead.

The outlook for cuts in household energy bills will be back in the spotlight this week when British Gas owner Centrica posts its annual results.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
An artist's impression of the planned Escape Lounge at Stansted Airport.

With work on the £80million project to transform the main passenger terminal at Stansted now well advanced, details of the next phase of investment at the airport have been unveiled.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment managing director Richard Mould, left, and operations director Mark Fletcher launch the company’s 2015 Salary Survey.
Picture Credit Newsmakers PR

Pay rises have become the norm once again in Suffolk and many job candidates are now receiving multiple offers to choose between, according to the annual East Anglia-wide salary survey by independent recruitment firm Cooper Lomaz.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Rolls-Royce is due to announce its annual results on Friday this week.

The outlook for engines giant Rolls-Royce and the thoughts of Thomas Cook’s new chief executive will be among areas of interest for investors this week.

Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Sentry 2015 conference at the Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. L-R: Ian Pigott (conference chairman), Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Founder), Tom Chapman (Heath Chapman Associates), Lawrence Hene (Ocado), Caroline Drummond (LEAF) and Blake Vince (Canadian farmer).

Sentry’s annual regional farming conference, which took place at Rowley Mile, Newmarket, on Wednesday, ended on a high with arguably the greatest farm diversification of them all – the Glastonbury Festival. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Paul Milsom outside Le Talbooth in Dedham.

Gina Long talks to Paul Milsom, one of the regioni’s most prominent restaurateur-hoteliers.

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