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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Alastair Thomann with Blue singers Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan Picture: Paul Nixon Photography

The pentahotel in Ipswich last week celebrated the completion of a £2m refurbishment with a party featuring stars from the worlds of music and television. Before the partying started, 
DUNCAN BRODIE went along to speak to pentahotels global managing director Alastair Thomann about the chain’s approach and why it has chosen to invest in Ipswich

Wendy Childs  of Maud's Attic with sons John and Robert.

An Ipswich town centre retailer is celebrating a major milestone this autumn when it will be 20 years since it first opened its doors to customers.

A female blue-winged olive. Copyright Stuart Crofts.

Two anglers dedicated to the restoration of the River Lark in west Suffolk have together brought nine million insect eggs to the site.

Hektor Rous

It’s been a busy year for Hektor Rous, who apart from the challenging role of managing the numerous businesses involved with the 3,500 acre Henham Park estate near Southwold has had several other ‘projects’ to contend with.

Hays reports its annual results on Thursday.
Photo: VisMedia

Annual figures from recruitment firm Hays will be watched closely this week for any signs of how the British job market is holding up following the country’s vote to quit the European Union, while gaming company 888 Holdings will report its first set of results since abandoning a three-way merger with Rank Group and William Hill.

From left, Mike Carr of Edme, William Hudson of Hodmedod and Simon Wooster of Edme with Edme's WholeSoft sprouted naked barley.

Grains specialists and researchers in East Anglia are blazing a trail with the reintroduction of the ancient crop known as naked barley which is now being hailed as a “superfood”. Duncan Brodie reports.

IPRS Group chief executive Martyn Jackson with colleagues at the company's head office near Ipswich.

With a head office in Little Blakenham, just north of Ipswich, IPRS (Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Services) was a double winner at the recent EADT Business Awards. Not only was the healthcare company voted Large Business of the Year, its group chief executive officer, Martyn Jackson, also picked up the award for Director of the Year. Ross Bentley went to speak to him about the company’s success.

Kevin and Jenni Armstrong of Happy Days Retro Vacations at Saxmundham.

A Suffolk holidays business which offers caravanning experiences from a bygone era is expanding with the help of another local company at the cutting edge of technology. DUNCAN BRODIE reports.

B&Q owner Kingfisher will deliver details of second quarter trading this week.

Brexit will remain front and centre this week, with investors looking for clues as to how Britain’s vote to quit the European Union is impacting inflation and DIY retailer B&Q, while the latest data on inflation will also come under close scrutiny.

Sandy Ruddock of Scarlett & Mustard with some of the company's winning products in this year's Great Taste Awards.

Food and drink producers around Suffolk and north Essex have been celebrating recognition in the Great Taste Awards 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.

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