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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A glance around the business landscape in Norfolk and Suffolk will tell you that the scene – regardless of sector – is still male-dominated.

The demand for dairy-free protein drinks and a desire to find an alternative market for some of the eggs produced on the family farm prompted Matthew Havers to create his own very novel product.

Norfolk and Suffolk’s retailers are preparing for the Black Friday and festive rush amid challenging times for the high street. Doug Faulkner finds out how they are feeling ahead of this key season.

The new man at the helm of powerful landowners’ lobby organisation, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), is an Essex and Cambridgeshire farmer and was a remainer when it came to last year’s bombshell European Union referendum.

In the late 1990s, Jason Gathorne-Hardy was using a fishing net tied to a hazel branch to try to catch a dove stuck in a barn used to store sheep food.

Daisy Siggers decided to put her fashion know-how to good use when she launched her online farm-based clothing business last year.

Consumer borrowing is growing at 10% a year and inflation has hit 3%, meaning that the Bank of England’s decision on interest rates was the most eagerly-anticipated for years. BETHANY WHYMARK explores the potential impact on savers and borrowers.

The retail market in Norwich has been going about its business in a confident way over the last two years and is now ranked 13th in Javelin Group’s Venuescore 2017, which evaluates shopping destinations around the UK in areas such as their scale of offer and fashionability.

Whether it’s your first or your 50th, taking on new leased premises can be a daunting time.

As he takes the reins at New Anglia LEP, chairman Doug Field says building better links with businesses must be the top priority. Mark Shields reports.

East Anglia has recently seen high-profile manufacturing casualties including Delphi and, potentially, Colman’s Mustard. So where does the region’s manufacturing industry stand now, and where is it going? BETHANY WHYMARK reports.

Working mothers are playing an increasingly important role in the modern workforce - but employers must offer them the flexibility to balance a career with family life. Doug Faulkner reports.

Youngsters from non-farming backgrounds are increasingly looking at agricultural careers, says Easton and Otley College. With the skills gap and the need to train more people post-Brexit, their commitment has never been more needed. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

As part of the wider Cozens-Hardy business team, our commercial property department is able to offer a highly personal service with all the support

and experience you would expect from one of the region’s most respected legal firms.

Investment in the popular Castle Mall shopping centre is set to bring Norwich a new restaurant quarter.

A top barrister from Suffolk has spoken out in a planning row over proposals for a multi-million pound expansion he fears may threaten the tranquillity of Constable Country.

The search is on for Norfolk and Suffolk’s brightest and boldest companies to join the new class of Future50. Could your firm be among them? Mark Shields reports.

In the face of an ageing population leaders in East Anglia are focused on increasing the skill level of the region’s workforce. But what is the best educational route to take? Bethany Whymark reports.

It was Charlie Dalton’s real life challenge of raising his family and running a business that nudged him into being a manufacturer of high quality home offices.

Beautiful rural scenery, a rugged coastline... and super-fast broadband? Prof John Last, chairman of the Digital Creative Industries group of New Anglia LEP, explains how a project from across the country could offer a pointer to Norfolk and Suffolk’s shared digital future.

Designs for a £11million technical college at Stansted Airport have been given planning permission.

After the BBC published the salaries of its highest earners, the issue of pay transparency has come to the fore. But whether a more open discussion about wages will bring benefits to businesses is not a clear-cut issue. BETHANY WHYMARK reports.

Matthew Taylor’s review of UK employment practices is intended to help inform legislation changes to accommodate new employment models. Bethany Whymark gauges the business reaction.

Houses, whether it’s about building, buying or renting them, are a hot topic.

Dream On, a charity created by ex-Royal Sun Alliance boss Bridget McIntyre to help women to achieve their potential at work and in life, is celebrating a move to a new home in Eye. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

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