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Tom Wray and John Archer of Suffolk Hut Makers.

When Suffolk shepherds watched their flocks by night, they didn’t always stay seated on the ground.

Phil Carpenter, former managing director of Bose UK.

Phil Carpenter spent 30 years at leading audio system company Bose UK, many of them as the firm’s managing director. Next month, he is due to visit Ipswich as the keynote speaker at the Anglia Business Exhibition. He spoke to Ross Bentley ahead of the event.

The Burberry store in Knightsbridge, London.
Photo:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The City will this week count the cost of the global slowdown on luxury sales at Burberry while Vodafone’s competitive European markets will come under the spotlight with its annual results.

Centre manager Mike Sorhaindo at the Sailmakers Shopping Centre in Ipswich.

Shoppers are flocking to the new-look Sailmakers Shopping Centre as it continues to buck national high street trends.

Inside the Treatt fragrance and flavours plant in Bury St Edmunds.

You will not see the company’s name on any labels but, if you regularly shop in a supermarket or drink in a pub or bar, there is a strong probability that you will have consumed ingredients produced by Treatt in Bury St Edmunds. Duncan Brodie paid a visit to see the company’s scientists at work.

Budget airline easyJet will deliver an update this week.

Budget airline easyJet is expected to lay bare the cost of recent terror attacks this week, with William Hill also set to update the market on its progress while the annual meeting at Lloyds Banking Group caps off a busy week in the City.

Some of the first, second and third year apprentices at Ransomes Jacobsen in Ipswich.

Three years ago, turf care equipment manufacturer Ransomes Jacobsen launched a new apprenticeship programme to address a looming skills shortage. As operations director Simon Rainger tells Duncan Brodie, the move has proved to be a good investment.

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe.
Photo: Sainsbury's/PA Wire

The City will this week look for details of how Sainsbury’s plans to overhaul Argos when the supermarket posts its annual results next week, while trading at rival Morrisons and banking giant HSBC will also be in the spotlight.

Canon Sally Fogden, aged 76, was the driving force behind the Addington Fund, a farming charity which is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary as a national organisation.

Farming charity the Addington Fund, which has its roots in Suffolk, celebrated the 15th anniversary of its national roll-out at a service at Bury St Edmunds cathedral on Sunday.

Jes Staley, chief executive of  Barclays.
Photo: Debra Hurford Brown/Barclays/PA Wire

Barclays will kick off a busy week for the banking sector by posting first quarter figures before gathering shareholders for its annual meeting, with trading updates also due from Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Andy Pinkus, maker of luxury backgammon sets in Sudbury.

Stepping into the Suffolk workshop of Andrew Pinkus is like entering a treasure trove for board game players.

Daisy Bell in South America.

Woodbridge-based Daisy Bell runs Ladybiker.co.uk, a website that provides stylish outfits for women motorcyclists. She tells Lyn Peters how she has built a successful business catering for this growing market sector.

HSBC holds its AGM this week.
Photot: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The City will look for an update this week on HSBC’s search for a new chairman, and will hear how sales have fared for British Gas-owner Centrica during the key winter period.

Office workers at their desks. Extroverts prefer working in open plan offices  while others find the environment more difficult to work in,
Photo credit should read: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The design and layout of buildings can affect how employees work and interact with one another, according to a business researcher from Anglia Ruskin University.

The senior management team at IPRS group: Marc Holl, Martyn Jackson, Emily Woods, Lesley Clarke, Diane Wythe and John Milroy.

The IPRS Group employs more than 150 people around Britain, around half of them at its main site in Suffolk, involved in the delivery of a range of clinical services and products. DUNCAN BRODIE visited the IPRS head office near Ipswich to learn about how the company has come of age since its launch as a physiotherapy business 21 years ago.

Chris Marshall of Issba, John Dugmore of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Colin Noble of Suffolk County Council, the speakers at the launch of the 2016 Anglia Business Exhibition.
Photo: Keith Mindham

Organisers, sponsors and partners have gathered for the official launch of the 2016 Anglia Business Exhibition.

The Marks & Spencer store in Westgate Street, Ipswich.

The City will this week expect an update from Marks & Spencer on whether it has improved its clothing sales, and will want to hear if menswear retailer Moss Bros has managed another increase in profits.

CBI president Paul Drechsler  at the Jockey Club  Rooms in Newmarket.

The president of the national CBI has called on East Anglian business to take the lead in the region’s devolution deal, warning that a failure to do so would condemn the proposals to failure.

Chief executive Shaun Bailey, back row, centre, with members of the senior team at the Jacob Bailey Group in Ipswich.

After 18 years of successful development and diversification, Ipswich-based creative agency Jacob Bailey is embarking on a further phase of growth, underpinned by a new group structure. Duncan Brodie went along to talk to founder and chief executive Shaun Bailey and operations director Will Wright.

Tree-top adventure on a Go Ape course.

East Anglia-based Outdoor adventure group Go Ape is busy adding new sites and new actitivies to its national, and international, portfolio. DUNCAN BRODIE went to meet managing director Jerome Mayhew to talk about the company’s adventurous approach to business, and life in general.

Soft drinks maker AG Barr is due to report its annual results on Tuesday.
Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Soft drinks maker AG Barr will give the City an insight into the impact of the Government’s sugary drinks tax next week while holiday giant TUI will reveal how the recent spate of terror attacks has hit bookings.

The hosts and speakers at the Suffolk 100 celebration lunch, held at The Hangar, Kesgrave Hall. From left, Mark Pendlington, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, John Stenhouse, New Anglia Growth Hub, Sarah Howard, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, Jim Crawford, EDF Energy, and Terry Hunt, East Anglian Daily Times.

The cream of Suffolk’s business community gathered last week to mark the launch of the latest list of its top economic influencers.

B&Q owner Kingfisher reports its annual results on Wednesday.
Photo: Matthew Baker/PA Wire

Bellwether retailer Next will give the City a feel of consumer confidence on the high street this week while B&Q DIY chain owner Kingfisher is expected to outline its plans to battle the new proprietors at rival Homebase.

An offshore platform in the Southern North Sea.

The collapse in the price of oil and gas has hit operators working off the East Anglian coast. Ross Bentley talks to industry leaders about what needs to be done and the prospects for recovery.

Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury's, which is due to deliver a trading update on Tuesday.

The City is this week expecting an update on Sainsbury’s battle to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group, and will also want to hear how online grocer Ocado plans to hold market share as US giant Amazon boosts its food division.

Father and son Richard and Tom Berresford of Bermar Collection, which makes wine preservation equipment.

Fast-growing Suffolk business Bermar Collection is the result of a conversation in a pub in 1990. But, as DUNCAN BRODIE reports, a lot of hard work and good ideas have also been involved along the way.

The Suffolk Inside Out conference team, from left, Seniha Oztemiz, Kesha Allen, Lauren Whittaker, Richard Gibbs and Kimya Piper.

The Suffolk Inside Out tourism conference, which takes place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Friday, will be examining how trends including the ‘staycation’ can contribute towards growth and sustainable practice for businesses throughout the sector – from hotels and restaurants to visitor attractions and heritage, arts and cultural venues.

Staff at the John Lewis at home store in Ipswich finding out their annual bonus figure last year. This year's bonus will be announced on Thursday.

Retailers will take the spotlight this week with Morrisons bidding to keep its momentum going as it returns to the FTSE 100 index while the John Lewis Partnership supermarket and department store chain will provide a measure of high street consumer sentiment.

Standing by your lamb

Saturday, March 5, 2016
Lambing has begun at Bridge Farm's Nedging Lamb.

March 1 marks the traditional start of lambing at Bridge Farm, based at Chelsworth, near Stowmarket.

Melvin Benn, managing director of Festival Republic, organiser of the Latitude Festival at Henham Park, near Southwold, speakiing at the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce networking lunch.

Business leaders from across Suffolk were given an insight in the success of the multi-arts Latitude festival at a networking event hosted by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.

Kevin Woollard of BT at Adastral Park.

Ipswich and the surrounding area has been included in the 2016 Tech Nation guide to the UK top tecnology hot-spots. DUNCAN BRODIE takes a look at the report’s findings, and some of the local success stories it highlights.

Fitness testing and assessment in the Sports Science laboratory at UCS, Ipswich.

Ipswich Town Football Club and University Campus Suffolk, in Ipswich, are teaming to offer a range of new Sports Science Masters degrees.

The head office of HSBC at Canary Wharf, London.
Photo: Sang Tan/AP

The results season for the major high street banks gets into full swing this week, with HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland delivering their full-year reports.

Rob and Abil Neill of Abigail's Collection and The Groom's Room received the Menswear Retailer of the Year trophy at The Wedding Industry Awards.

Colchester-based wedding attire business Abigail’s Collection and The Grooms Room has brought its trophy collection since its formation 11 years ago to 23.

Lynn Walters, left, director at Pure, and Margaret Burnside, director of people development at eras.

More than 100 business leaders from across East Anglia took part in a Best Employers Eastern Region employee engagement seminar which also raised more than £2,000 for two local charities.

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