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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Mirror twins Keith and Kenny Meekins who have retired from Greene King after clocking up almost 86 years' service there.

You would be forgiven for thinking Kenny and Keith Meekins are the same person.

Farm business income has slumped, according to latest figures.

Farm business income fell across most farm types in 2015/16, according to the latest Government figures.

All the winners from the competitions, including the Suffolk Agricultural Associations Agricultural Apprentice of the Year, the Suffolk Farming School of the Year, the BALE Award and the Suffolk Farms Business Competition, pictured at the Suffolk Agricultural Awards evening, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 20-October-2016.
Picture: Stephen Waller

East Anglian farmers enjoyed a night of celebration on Thursday as they vied for some of Suffolk’s and the region’s most coveted sector awards. SARAH CHAMBERS was at Trinity Park in Ipswich as the gongs were handed out to their delighted recipients at Suffolk Agricultural Association’s glittering annual Awards Dinner event.

Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events for a feature in BEM, Market Hill, Sudbury.

Founder of Suffolk Market Events, Justine Paul, has spent the past eight years organising farmers markets predominantly across West Suffolk.

She has been the driving force behind the growth of these events that support scores of producers and small businesses, and attract thousands of visitors each month.

Phil Hall is a new tax partner at BDO in Ipswich.

There has been a lot of positive news coming from BDO over the past few weeks.

The accountancy, tax and business advisory firm, which saw new managing partner Paul Eagland take up position earlier this month, also announced a double digit growth in profits, citing its investment in talent and technology as key drivers.

Models on the catwalk at Burberrys show during this years London Fashion Week. 
Photo: Isabel Infantes /PA Wire

Retailers Burberry and ASOS will report from opposite ends of the fashion spectrum this week, but both are expected to benefit from the Brexit-hit pound.

Connexions 159 in Princes Street, Ipswich.

Back in the days when Fisons was a major international company, it was also a substantial employer in and around Ipswich.

Hotel’s rebranding more than skin deep

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.

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