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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Barclays chief executive Jes Staley.

Banking giants will dominate reporting this week, with the City looking out for any Brexit concerns when Barclays and Lloyds deliver their half-year results.

James Hopkins, founder of Suffolk-based Hopkins Homes.

Business writer Sabah Meddings talks to the founder of East Anglia’s largest independent housebuilder about his career.

An easyJet Boeing 737-700.

Budget airline easyJet is expected to give clues this week about the impact on consumer demand for cheap air travel following Britain’s decision to quit the European Union.

Stephen Fenby, managing director of Midwich.

Taking a business on to the stock market is a brave step for any managing director. But Midwich made the leap in May, in the run-up to the EU vote. SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

Tepees for tiny people at Sailmakers Shopping Centre

A Dragons’ Den business is getting its UK launch at Ipswich’s busy Sailmakers Shopping Centre.

Supermodel Eva Herzigova at a Burberry party in London last month featuring installations by British artist Luke Edward Hall who has collaborated with the brand on its latest campaign.
Photo: Ian West/PA

Trading updates form online fashion firm ASOS and luxury brand Burberry this week will be examined for any signs of a Brexit blow to retail sales amid concerns that shoppers took a cautious approach to spending on the run-up to the EU referendum.

The customer service area at Flow Energy.

Ipswich-based energy supplier Flow Energy has ambitious plans for the future.

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley outside the company's headquarters in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. 
Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Brexit concerns will remain at the forefront this week, with retailers Marks & Spencer and Sports Direct International expected to give their views on the impact when they report figures.

Tom Glover, this year's Tendring Show president, pictured in Thorrington.

The Tendring Show, which this year takes place on Saturday, July 9, is one of the biggest events on the Essex farming calendar. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to farmer Tom Glover, of Thorrington, who is this year’s president.

Phil Carpenter performs the ribbon cutting to officially open the Anglia Business Exhibition.

The 20th Anglia Business Exhibition (ABE), staged at Trinity Park, Ipswich, last week, has been hailed by organisers as a great success, with representatives from more than 1,500 businesses attending.

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis talking to store staff.

The retail sector will dominate company reporting this week, with Tesco and Debenhams both providing trading updates ahead of Thursday’s vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Local film professionals shooting the film From Suffolk With Love which is designed to attract film units to Suffolk and to make Suffolk a better place for film companies to work.

We could soon be seeing more of Suffolk’s big skies on the big screen if efforts to promote the county as a destination for filmmakers come to fruition.

Employers in East Anglia are paying staff more and looking at benefits packages in a bid to attract and retain staff.
Photo credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

If you excel at your job then now might be the time to speak to your boss about a pay rise or equally look for an upgrade in your benefits package.

Poundland reports its annual results on Thursday.

Poundland’s outgoing boss Jim McCarthy will unveil his final set of full-year figures this week and retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is expected to express regrets over his sale of BHS when he faces MPs.

From left, Fiona, Nic and James Portway of Webb and Son.

Family businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, but can often be weighed down by tradition. Now a report seeks to champion the region’s oldest family firms. Business writer SABAH MEDDINGS reports.

Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury's.
Photo: Graham Flack

Supermarket group Sainsbury’s and its takeover target Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, will both update on recent trading this week, with their tie-up currently under scrutiny from the competition watchdog.

The Barnards team includingTrevor Pajak, brand manager at Barnards, and Ian Woodward, group operations director for Marriott Motor Group.
Photo: Contributed

The historic site of a 106-year-old Stowmarket family business is on target to see the launch of a renovated showroom next month.

Halfords reports its annual results on Wednesday.

Retailer Halfords will reveal the progress of its turnaround plan when it unveils full-year results in a quiet week for corporate news.

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.

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