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Business leaders from across the county attended the official launch of the Suffolk Inward Investment Ambassadors (IIA) network which encourages leading figures within the local economy to play their part in encouraging businesses from elsewhere to invest in the county.

Thomas Cook reports its annual results on Wednesday.

Thomas Cook will this week detail the costs of a series of terror attacks in the Middle East and Europe across its business while the City will study annual results from pub groups Mitchells & Butlers and Marston’s.

Andrew Eaton, left, and Mike O'Connor of Heritage F1.

The team behind Heritage F1 buy and sell Formula One cars to clients around the world. Ross Bentley went down to their base near Rendlesham to find out what drives them.

Neil Ovenden of DJB Instruments in Mildenhall.

It becomes clear shortly after meeting Neill Ovenden that he has incredible passion for the industry he works in.

Royal Mail is expected to report a 5.5% fall in first half profits this week.

The City will study letter volumes at Royal Mail this week while profits at budget airline easyJet are expected to soar.

Prime Minister David Cameron drinks a pint with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Sales of a Suffolk beer have soared in China after President Xi Jinping was treated to a pint of Greene King IPA by David Cameron.

Ipswich Independent Busines of the Year Winner Sophia Norris of Pocketwatch & Petticoats receives her award from Fiona Wright of Ipswich Central, Ipswich Central board member Cathy Frost and last year's winner, Semra Avcikaya of Alaturka Restaurant.

A day out with her mum shopping and exploring the town of Ipswich in April changed Sophia Norris’ life.

Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury's.

The City this week expects to see solid trading from Sainsbury’s in the under-pressure supermarket sector while telecoms firm TalkTalk will update investors about last month’s hack attack.

Peter Tichbon, centre, managing director of malt firm Edme, winner of the Food and Farming Business of the Year title at the EADT Business Awards, gives  Alastair Butler, left, and Jimmy Butler, right, of runners up Blythburgh Free Range Pork a tour of the factory in Mistley.

Food heroes came together last month to share experiences after they were honoured at the 2015 East Anglian Daily Times Business Awards in July.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MPopening the new ambient-temperature food examination facility at the Port of Felixstowe, with the port's chief executive, Clemence Cheng.

A new £4million ambient-temperature food cargo examination facility was officially opened at the Port of Felixstowe today by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill.

Barclays chairman John McFarlane.

The spotlight will be on banking this week, with Barclays Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland among those reporting third quarter figures.

Green 100 Launch event at the Orbis Energy Centre, Lowestoft.
Guest speakers (left to right) Iain Dunnett, Jonathan Reynolds, Anna Martin, Greg Luxford and Richard Powell.

More than 100 delegates attended the launch of the new look Green 100 at Orbis Energy in Lowestoft last week.

Tom McGarry, head of communications for Sizewell C.

As EDF Energy’s head of external affairs for Sizewell C, Tom McGarry is responsible for managing the public consultation process for the energy company. He met Ross Bentley to discuss why there is a pressing need for new nuclear and how EDF Energy is working to ensure East Anglian businesses and workers are best-placed to make the most of the potential development.

Richard Powell, chairman of Wild Anglia.

As chairman of Wild Anglia, Richard Powell OBE works to ensure nature doesn’t get forgotten in the drive for economic prosperity. Ross Bentley met him to hear his ideas on sustainable development.

Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas launching the Argos Fast Track delivery service at North Weald Airport in Essex last month.

The City will this week focus on retailers ahead of the key Christmas season, with Argos expected to see its half-year results fall, amid an ongoing revamp, while Debenhams is forecast to see profits edge higher.

Redbourn Engineering chief executive John Chester, right, with technology director Chris Stanton.

A second-generation manufacturing company in west Suffolk is preparing for a new era of growth.

Members of the Foundation East  team, back row, from left, Ben Fisher (business loans adviser), Will Hudson (marketing assistant), Peter Davis (senior business loans manager), front, from left, : Katy Ford (chief executive) and Peter Wood (marketing and membership manager).

Foundation East, a community finance company based in Bury St Edmunds, lends to businesses across East Anglia and beyond which can’t get loans from banks. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to its chief executive, Katy Ford.

Sudbury silk will now be given special European protection from imitation thanks to laws championed this week by local Suffolk Euro MP Richard Howitt. The Suffolk Euro MP at Vanners Silk Weavers with chairman David Tooth.

It has graced the homes and bodies of celebrities ranging from Michelle Obama to members of the Royal family, but up until now ‘Sudbury silk’ has remained a relatively well-kept secret.

The new cranes at Felixstowe port

When the latest Top 100 listing was produced, Sufffolk businessman Mark Ling felt the absence of a category for the region’s ports and logistics industry was a glaring omission. Here he argues why it needs particular support

Menta chief executive Alex Till, right,  and exhibitors at the Menta Trade Fair.

More than 100 exhibitors showcased their goods and services at the Menta Trade Fair, held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis speaking to store staff.

Supermarket Tesco looks set to report an improved sales trend amid continued tough trading in the grocery market this week while the City will also see an update from bakery chain Greggs.

Fenella Eddell, Property Team Solicitor at Barker Gotelee

New regulations have been introduced under which it will become unlawful to rent out commercial properties that do not meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of “E”.

Richard Noble with the Bloodhound SSC (super-sonic car) during its display at Canary Wharf, London. 
Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Thousands of visitors flocked to see the Bloodhound SSC (super-sonic car) – which is aimed at setting a new land speed record of more than 1,000mph – when it went on display at Canary Wharf in London last week.

The Coes store in Ipswich..

Earlier this month, veteran retailer David Coe received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Drapers Independents Awards. In an article reproduced with permission from Drapers magazine, which stages the awards, Jill Geoghegan talks to the Suffolk-born entrepreneur about his career.

Sainsbury's chief executive Mike Coupe.

Supermarket Sainsbury’s looks set to report another slide in sales this week while the City will also see updates from transport operator FirstGroup and retailer Topps Tiles.

Perry Perrott, who has been appointed as Suffolk New College’s first ever business development director.

Suffolk New College has signalled a new era with the appointment of a director of business development. The role, created by the Ipswich-based college’s new principal, Viv Gillespie, has gone to Perry Perrott, who has relocated to Suffolk from Gloucestershire.

Fiona Hope, SodaStream UK managing director.

Fiona Hope first came to live in Suffolk when she took at job at Greene King in 2006 and, although she left the Bury St Edmunds-based company five years ago – for a new challenge in a rather different sector of the drinks industry, with Sodastream – she and her family still live in the area. DUNCAN BRODIE met up with her back in Bury.

A Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A321 aircraft at Stansted Airport.

Britons booking sunshine breaks to escape from a rain-soaked end to the summer look set to provide a boost to Thomas Cook when it delivers a trading update this week while the City will also digest figures from the AA motoring organisation and drinks maker AG Barr.

Ipswich-based MLM is doing business near and far

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Steve Oliver of MLM.

The chairman of engineering and environmental consultancy MLM, Steve Oliver, has been instrumental in building the business’s operations overseas. But, he tells Ross Bentley, the company is as committed as ever to its Ipswich roots.

Business ambassadors for Suffolk: 

Left to right, Brendan Keaney, Rosa Dos Santos and David Redhead.

Around 100 business ambassadors are being recruited to champion Suffolk and promote the county to investors who may be interested in putting money into the region or setting up a business in the area. Ross Bentley reports.

Ben Underwood of the Country Land and Business Association.

Suffolk and Essex have both been ranked among England’s most challenging business environments for rural companies in a table compiled by a landowners’ lobby group.

A chili plant of the Basket of Fire variety.

With more and more people trying their hand a growing their own chilies and peppers, horticultural mail order company Thompson & Morgan has developed its own heat scale.

Morissons is due to report half-year results on Thursday this week.

Troubled supermarket Morrisons will this week unveil half-year results for the first time under new boss David Potts on a “super Thursday” for the retail sector which will also see the latest figures from Next, Dixons Carphone and Argos owner Home Retail Group.

Glyn Baker and his son, Jamie Baker, who is now managing director  of Quality Equipment.

Quality Equipment is celebrating its half-century this year. It was in 1965 that founder, Glyn Baker, decided to set up as an agricultural engineer, initially repairing machinery and tractors then specialising in pig equipment, establishing what was to become one of Britain’s best known and largest firms in the field.

Adrian Parton and his cousin Keith Parton at  the Ivy House Hotel at Oulton Broad.

Acclaimed scientist Adrian Parton’s life story has turned from deadly microbes to the hospitality industry. STEPHEN PULLINGER reports.

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