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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After 18 years of successful development and diversification, Ipswich-based creative agency Jacob Bailey is embarking on a further phase of growth, underpinned by a new group structure. Duncan Brodie went along to talk to founder and chief executive Shaun Bailey and operations director Will Wright.
East Anglia-based Outdoor adventure group Go Ape is busy adding new sites and new actitivies to its national, and international, portfolio. DUNCAN BRODIE went to meet managing director Jerome Mayhew to talk about the company’s adventurous approach to business, and life in general.
Soft drinks maker AG Barr will give the City an insight into the impact of the Government’s sugary drinks tax next week while holiday giant TUI will reveal how the recent spate of terror attacks has hit bookings.
Bellwether retailer Next will give the City a feel of consumer confidence on the high street this week while B&Q DIY chain owner Kingfisher is expected to outline its plans to battle the new proprietors at rival Homebase.
The City is this week expecting an update on Sainsbury’s battle to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group, and will also want to hear how online grocer Ocado plans to hold market share as US giant Amazon boosts its food division.
Fast-growing Suffolk business Bermar Collection is the result of a conversation in a pub in 1990. But, as DUNCAN BRODIE reports, a lot of hard work and good ideas have also been involved along the way.