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Welcome to the new-look Top 100 profiling our leading companies in Norfolk and Suffolk.

This is the second time we have produced our authoritative guide detailing how East Anglian firms have fared both in terms of turnover and profitability.

We produce the Top 100 jointly with our sponsors Mills & Reeve and PwC whose support in drawing up the list makes the project possible. And this year we are also delighted to welcome a new sponsor, Roche Chartered Surveyors.

Diversity is one of the key strengths of the region's economy and the listing shows the full range of businesses operating, from family-run firms to major plcs, detailing those with sales of more than £37m to more than £3bn.

On this site you can scrutinise the data in more detail and discover the latest news and analysis from the Top 100 companies.

And throughout the year we will be hosting a series of Top 100 business leaders' roundtables across Norfolk and Suffolk looking in more detail at some of the issues facing our businesses.

Ours is a dynamic region and our businesses are leading the charge towards the growth and the recovery. The Top 100 celebrates that success and we hope you enjoy the project as we continue to track that journey.

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Vessels for which Fendercare is supplying equipment

Norfolk-based Fendercare Marine has signed a significant contract with BAE Systems Naval Ships to supply rudder components and deck equipment for three new offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) being built for the UK Royal Navy.

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Young adults are the most optimistic in their leisure spending plans for 2015, according to Greene King's latest Leisure Spend Tracker survey.

Britain’s 18- to 24-year-olds are more optimistic in their leisure spending plans than any other age group, according to a survey by pubs and brewing group Greene King.

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Aviva flag on the company's heaquarters on Surrey Street, Norwich.
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Norwich-based insurer Aviva has been stung by a £17.6m fine after a “conflict of interest” breach was discovered in its asset management business.

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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line's vessel Black Watch.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has picked up five major awards at the annual UK Cruisers’ Choice Awards.

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The Willis building in Ipswich.

Global insurance broking and risk mangement group Willis has posted reported net income of US$362million (£234m) for the year to December 31, largely unchanged from the 2013 total of US$365m.

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Lotus Evora 400. Picture submitted

Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has announced plans to create 150 new jobs as its gears up to launch one of the fastest cars in the company’s history.

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Fourteen key businesses based in Suffolk were rewarded with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award for demonstrating their support to Reservist employees.

The Port of Felixstowe and Ipswich-based Barnes Construction were among 14 Suffolk firms recognised for supporting army reservist employees, who give up their spare time to train alongside Britain’s regular military forces.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kier Construction Eastern Headquarters. Turf cutting in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.

Services giant Kier is to create 100 jobs after announcing plans to bolster its presence in East Anglia.

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White Space is an open plan collaborative work space on the second floor of St James' Mill, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich’s innovative start-up companies have put the city on the digital map. But what must the region do now to transform itself into a technology powerhouse? Business editor Ben Woods and business writer Jessica Staufenberg investigate the county’s next steps.

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Kettle Foods factory

The parent company of Norwich-based Kettle Foods has taken a 51pc stake in Dutch firm Yellow Chips as it eyes the growing market for vegetable chips.

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Peter Hawes of Norse Commercial Services

Facilities and contract management company Norse Commercial Services is continuing to develop a graduate trainee programme designed to support its ethos of promoting from within.

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Norman Lamb MP visiting Oyster Yachts in Hoveton. With Suzy Lynch, general manager.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Staff at EDP Top100 firm Oyster Yachts have returned from the world’s biggest boat show in Dusseldorf buoyed by strong sales leads and two signed contracts.

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Kinnerton chocolate factory, Fakenham. Pictured: Gordon Chetwood, site director.

Staff facing the axe at the closure-hit Heinz factory near North Walsham could be offered new jobs at a Norfolk chocolate manufacturer.

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A crop sprayer working in a field near Wisbech. Picture: Ian Burt

The UK’s largest agricultural purchasing group, Anglia Farmers (AF), has launched a forward purchasing programme to allow its members across the UK to pre-plan payments for fuel and agri-chemicals.

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Ben Stocks chief executive of Porvair, King's Lynn.

The boss of King’s Lynn-based filtration manufacturer Porvair said the board was “looking forward with confidence” after mounting record revenues last year.

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Woodbury Salterton Primary School celebrate after being recognised as a top 100 performing school in reading, writing and mathematics. Ref exe 5872-04-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

A Whitehall education minister has praised Woodbury Salterton Church of England School, calling it one of the best 100 primaries in the country over the last three years.

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Staff facing the axe at the closure-hit Heinz factory in North Walsham could be offered new jobs at a Norfolk chocolate manufacturer.

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Nicky Dulieu, chairman of Notcutts. Picture submitted

Suffolk-based garden centre group Notcutts has followed a strong festive period with the announcement that former Marks & Spencers finance director Nicky Dulieu will join as chairman.

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Geoff Tucker

Norwich-based facilities management and contract services provider Norse Commercial Services is celebrating its most successful year for forming new joint venture companies (JVCs) with UK local authorities.

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Richardson's boat displaying new logo

he CWM FX London Boat Show provided a positive start to 2015 for Norfolk’s marine businesses which had their biggest presence at ExCel London for years. Tourism correspondent Stephen Pullinger reports.

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Simon Altham

EDP Top100 firm Hoseasons is celebrating a record-breaking start to the year in terms of online and call centre holiday bookings.

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The party from the Goose Island Beer Company with hosts from Greene King following their tour of the company's brewery in Bury St Edmunds.

The team behind the Goose Island Beer Company based in Chicago has paid a visit to the Bury St Edmunds brewery of Greene King.

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Rooney Anand, chief executive of Greene King.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King said today that like-for-like sales for its core retail business were up 2.0% over Christmas and New Year – despite a Hogmanay hangover from tougher drink-drive laws in Scotland.

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Hellesdon Housing Development. Picture submitted.

Broadland District Council has joined forces with Norse to create a private sector arm tasked with driving money back into public services.

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Robert Hughes. New Hughes Plus store on Hall Road, Norwich. Pic submitted

Lowestoft-based electrical retailer Hughes has mounted strong festive sales thanks to its “busiest day in history” on Black Friday.

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Great Witchingham hall, Bernard Matthews' headquarters.  Photo: Bill Smith

The new boss of Bernard Matthews has announced plans to create 90 new jobs in Norfolk as he looks to return the company to growth.

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A vessel taking shape at Oyster Yachts' Hoveton site.

Top100 firm Oyster Yachts revealed it is poised to seal a deal to build a 115ft super yacht - the largest Oyster ever built in the UK. The multi-million-pound craft will be built at Southampton but it will shift some production lines to Hoveton. Oyster moved its headquarters from Foxes Marina, Ipswich, to Southampton this year, but retains brokerage and commissioning functions there.

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Doug Field, Executive Officer – Finance, East of England Co-op has been appointed to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

The East of England Co-op’s Doug Field has been appointed to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) board.

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Simon Altham

Lowestoft-based domestic holiday giant Hoseasons is launching a lavish television advertising campaign which will continue at least up to Easter.

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Adam Osbourn Gavin Edwards  Simon Yallop, Liam Bush, technicians at Norse Commercial Services’ transport workshops, have gained accreditation from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE).

Four technicians at facilities management firm Norse Commercial Services’ transport workshops have gained accreditation from the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE).

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Greene King has carried out a survey of leisure spending.

Families are driving growth in spending on meals out, a survey has revealed.

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Doug Field of the East of England Co-op who is to join the board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Doug Field, executive officer, finance at the East of England Co-op, has been appointed to the board of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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File photo dated 07/07/12 of a Virgin Money banking store in Guildford, as Virgin Money's plans for a stock market listing have been revived less than a month after they were put on hold due to turbulent conditions. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 4, 2014. The Newcastle-based lender hopes that its shares will be trading on the London Stock Exchange before the end of this month. The company is selling about a quarter of itself in a move expected to value it at nearly £2 billion. See PA story CITY Virgin. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Norwich-based Virgin Money is revamping its home and motor insurance products after securing a tie-up with Ageas Retail.

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Norman Lamb MP visiting Oyster Yachts in Hoveton. With Suzy Lynch, general manager.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

EDP Top100 firm Oyster Yachts has revealed it is poised to seal a deal to build a 115ft super yacht - the largest Oyster ever built in the UK.

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Duncan Brodie, Ruth Goldsmith and Peter Funnell, the speakers at the Suffolk Chamber's beer tasting evening with Adnams at Trinity Park Ipswich.

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce teamed up with Southwold-based Adnams to host a networking event with a difference at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

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Mark Taylor, contracts manager at ISG, and Odran Doran, head teacher at the Bridge School, on the site of the school's new building in Sprites Lane, Ipswich.

The Ipswich-based arm of construction group ISG is on track to ensure that a new £4.7million building for the Bridge Special School in Sprites Lane, Ipswich, is watertight in time for the worst of the winter.

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Ben Stocks chief executive of Porvair, King's Lynn.

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King’s Lynn-based Porvair have secured a $10m contract to supply filtration equipment to a Chinese state oil company.

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Greene King has promised to trial new commercial bingo games with its customers after winning a landmark appeal against the Gambling Commission.

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Daemmon Reeve, chief executive at Treatt.

West Suffolk flavour and fragrance ingredient supplier Treatt today reported increased annual sales and profits.

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A woman gardening. Picture PA.

Notcutts is hoping investment in its garden centres will pay dividends after an “unseasonably” cold spring at the beginning of last year dealt a blow to its retail sales.

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Andreas Andorfer at Bosch Lawn & Garden in Stowmarket.

Bosch Lawn & Garden is celebrating a record year for lawnmower sales, which has enabled it to breach the 100million euro turnover barrier.

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Greene King has seen a surge in festive bookings

Pub group Greene King has reported a surge in Christmas bookings but said it still expects families to limit their spending over the festive season.

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The Women in Property and FM networking event arranged  by Stuart Bonner, director of Investigo Property, and Norma Bresciani, managing director of hotel services at Servest,

Women working in property and facilities management heard from top female speakers, and raised £400 for a cancer charity, at a networking event organised by recruiter Investigo Property and facilities management provider Servest.

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Zoe Jackson, Living the Dream

A 25-year-old entrepreneur has made it on to a glossy magazine’s coveted list of outstanding women.

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Paul Chisnall, general manager of Trade Electricals Direct (TED),  part of the Hughes Electrical Group.

Trade Electricals Direct (TED) has launched a new service aimed at helping businesses to improve their cash flow.

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Britons are planning to spend less on presents and eating out this Christmas, according to a Greene King survey.

Britons are planning to spend less on gifts and eating out this Christmas compared with last year, according to a seasonal edition of Greene King’s monthly Leisure Spend Tracker report.

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Greene King chief executive Rooney Anand

Greene King’s plans for its £774m acquisition of Spirit Pub Company will be under the spotlight when it presents its half-year results on Thursday.

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Ian White of Beckett Financial Services.

Bury St Edmunds-based Beckett Financial Services has been ranked one of the UK’s top 100 independent financial advisers by industry magazine New Model Adviser.

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Twickenham stadium in London, the home of rugby union in England and one of many sporting venues to have been supplied with rubber granules by Murfitts Industries.

A rubber granule manufacturer based in west Suffolk has been named in the new Investec Mid-Market 100 ranking of the UK’s fastest-growing private companies.

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Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Investors regained their appetites for meat producer Cranswick as the group said it was recovering from a fall in fresh pork sales.

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East of England Co-op logo, winner of the EDP Business Awards Food and Farming Excellence category 2014

The East of England Co-operative Society has reported increased overall profits for the first half of its current financial year, despite its food stores coming under pressure amid the supermarket price war.

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An overhead view of Kinnerton's factory in South Creake

Chocolate makers Kinnerton Confectionary has appointed agents to sell its packaging factory in South Creake as part of the company’s planned major expansion of its Fakenham site.

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Gavin Playford of the Royal West Norfolk Golf Club with its new Jacobsen Eclipse 322 mower

Ransomes Jacobsen, the Ipswich-based manufacturer of professional turf care machinery, has supplied new equipment to two of Norfolk’s leading golf courses.

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Nathan Philpot of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has been voted winner of the Best Value for Money category of the Cruise Critic UK Editors’ Pick Awards for 2014.

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Servest has recruited 15 apprentices to join its contract cleaning team at the House of Commons.

Facilities management company Servest has recruited 15 apprentices to join its cleaning contract team at the Houseses of Parliament in Westminster.

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William Coe, managing director of Coes, right, with Nicola Atkinson, Fred. Olsen  Travel  branch manager, and Paul Hardwick, Fred. Olsen group retail manager, at Coes in Ipswich where a new travel agency is opening within the store.

Department stores company Coes and Fred. Olsen Travel have teamed up to launch a travel agency within the retailer’s flagship store in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

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David Griffiths, operations director at Servest.

David Griffiths, operations director at Bury St Edmunds-based facilities management company Servest, has received a Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to the UK’s contract catering sector.

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Richard Branson and Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money, the lender backed by billionaire Sir Richard Branson launched itself on the Stock Market with a valuation of around £1.25bn.

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New signs for Kier and the familiar May Gurney signs removed on the company's headquarters near Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

Construction and services company Kier has secured a deal to build a £58m laboratory for the University of Cambridge.

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Simon Altham from Hoseasons.

EDP Top100 firm Hoseasons reported a year of “staggering” growth in Norfolk Broads holidays at its annual conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales.

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Dr Nigel Davies of Muntons presents a bottle of scotch and a cheque for £240 for the St Elizabeth Hospice, raised from staff contributions with Muntons matching half, to Ivan Wade.

Maltings stalwart Ivan Wade is set to run a hospice charity shop in Ipswich after losing his mother to cancer.

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Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines' ship Braemar in Norway.

Three of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ ships are entering dry dock in preparation for the 2015-16 cruise season – the first time that so many of the company’s vessels have undergone refurbishment in such quick succession.

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Greene King IPA.

Two of the UK’s biggest pub companies are set to join forces after they agreed a takeover deal worth £773.6m.

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Richard Branson and Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Virgin Money’s plans for a stock market listing have been revived less than a month after they were put on hold due to turbulent conditions.

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James Brown of Grant Thornton and Tracey Dickens of Birkett Long outside Chelmsford Cathedral.

The countdown has begun to Essex Limited 2014, the fourth annual survey detailing the performance of the county’s top 100 companies conducted by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton UK LLP and Essex law firm Birkett Long LLP.

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Shipping and Transport Minister John Hayes (third from left) at the Port of Felixstowe with (from left) Maurice Storey, Evergreen (UK), Clemence Cheng, chief executive, Hutchison Ports (UK), Marcel Chang, Davis Lian and Patrick Wei, Evergreen (UK)).

Shipping and Ports Minister John Hayes paid his first visit to the Port of Felixstowe last week.

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The presentation of the cheque for £10,000 to East Anglia's Children's Hospices by the East of England Co-op, following a summer promotion in partnership with Unilever.

The East of England Co-op has presented a cheque for £10,000 to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), thanks to its members and customers, and consumer products giant Unilever.

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The Willis Building in Ipswich.

International risk adviser and insurance broker Willis has reported continued growth in revenues for the first nine months of 2014, but with margins coming under pressure.

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Victoria Beckham in her first new store in Dover Street, central London.

A Suffolk logistics boss features in a list of Britain’s top entrepreneurs topped by Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham.

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Bee Kemball of logistics company Debach.

Bee Kemball, managing director of logistics company Debach, will be guest speakier at the launch on November 11 of Grant Thorton’s Suffolk Ltd report.

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Spending on eating out has continued to rise, desite a fall in spend on other categories of leisure, according to a survey carried out for Greene King

Average spending on leisure by British households fell by 6% last month compared with a year earlier, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker report.

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Chief executive David Tydeman, centre, on an Oyster 625 being built at Oyster Yachts workshops at Hoveton. With him from left, Terry Day, workshop manager; Adrian Perrin, quality control manager; David Russell, engineering manager; and Kevin Webster, general manager. Picture: Denise Bradley

Staff at EDP Top100 firm Oyster Yachts have celebrated the completion of a £500,000 extension to its site in Hoveton with a party for 275 guests, including key contractors.

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ISG was won another contract at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Construction services group ISG has started work on its latest project at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after securing a contract to deliver a new MRI scanner facility at the world-renowned teaching hospital.

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Pub company Spirit is poised to accept a takeover offer from Greene King

Pub company Spirit, whose brands includes the Chef & Brewer chain, is poised to accept an improved takeover proposal from Greene King worth £725million.

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Midwich unviels its new offices. Picture Chris Mills

Diss-based technology distributor Midwich has overhauled its offices to create a state-of-the-art working environment for its staff.

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Dominic Lowe, managing director of Kettle Foods, with Sarah Savage of Essence Foods. Picture submitted

Norwich-based snack producer Kettle Foods has donated £1,000 to help a small business develop into a fully-fledged firm.

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The headquarters of Gressingham Foods at Debach, near Woodbridge.

Food producer Gressingham Duck has put innovation at the heart of its marketing strategy by using wearable technology to launch its new cooking app.

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Stephen Fenby, managing director of Midwich.

The East of England has increased its presence in a yearly league table of mid-market growth companies.

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Stephen Fenby, MD of Midwich at Diss, distributers for audio visual products. Picture: Denise Bradley

East Anglia’s fastest growing medium-sized businesses have mounted combined sales of £3.9bn, according to new report underscoring their value to the local economy.

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Karen Hester to join Adnams Board as Executive Director. Picture: Sarah Groves

A businesswoman championed by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) for her support to female employees has been made an executive director of Adnams.

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Roys of Wroxham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

EDP Top100 firm Roys of Wroxham has so far invested £750,000 in solar panels for its stores in a programme that began last December.

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ForFarmers has announced the re-branding of its BOCM Pauls operation in the UK and has begun putting the new livery on its lorry fleet.

Animal feed maker BOCM Pauls entered a new era today as its Dutch parent officially re-branded it.

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Cranswick Country Foods in Watton - On the production line. Picture; Matthew Usher.

Norfolk pork producer Cranswick has offset a slowdown in fresh meat sales by mounting product growth elsewhere in the business.

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An industry talk at the Midwich stand during the company's Technology Exposed 2014 event.

Bar code solutions, audio visual and consumer electrics distributor Midwich has celebrated a fifth successful year for its Technology Exposed event, a leading UK showcase for the latest innovations.

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Virgin Money announced details of its long-awaited stock market flotation today which will see £50 million returned to the taxpayer following its agreement to buy Northern Rock in 2011.

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Matthew Fearn, at the time of his appointment at Greene King in 2011.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today confirmed that chief financial officer Matthew Fearn, who has been absent from work since February with a long-term illness, will not be returning to the role.

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Essential oils in storage at Treatt in Bury St Edmunds.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients company Treat said today that its revenues and pre-tax profit for the year to September 30 would be in line with its expectations.

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Laurence Vaughan, executive chairman Anglian Group

EDP Top100 firm Anglian Home Improvements has declined to comment on reports that it is looking to return to the London Stock Exchange over a decade after it was taken private.

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St Crispins House has been put up for sale. Picture: Mike page

A well-known Norwich building close to the heart of the city centre has been put up for sale.

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Simon Altham from Hoseasons.

EDP Top 100 firm Hoseasons has introduced a new logo during its 70th anniversary year to reflect its move upmarket.

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New signs for Kier and the familiar May Gurney signs removed on the company's headquarters near Trowse. Photo: Steve Adams

The boss of Kier Group said the organisation had mounted a “robust operational performance” and scooped larger contracts thanks to the integration of Norwich-based May Gurney, one of the EADT/EDP’s Top 100 firms.

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The work force leaving the Lotus factory at Hethel after the announcement of job losses. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sports car manufacturer Group Lotus has announced plans to make 325 staff redundant - more than a quarter of its entire workforce.

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Haydn Mursell, chief executive of Kier Group

The boss of Kier Group said the organisation had mounted a “robust operational performance” and scooped larger contracts thanks to the integration of Norwich-based May Gurney.

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Ben Stocks chief executive of Porvair, King's Lynn.

King’s Lynn-based Porvair has notched a 32pc rise in revenues driven by strong growth from its filtration divisions.

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RG Carter at Drayton.
 Photo: Denise Bradley
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R G Carter, based in Drayton, near Norwich, is recruiting 70 full-time trainees to join its East of England/East Midlands staff over the next two months.

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The new Essex & Suffolk Water customer centre in Lowestoft.

Essex & Suffolk Water will today be officially opening a new £4million customer centre in Lowestoft.

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Nick Fayers of Barnes Construction.

Barnes Construction is continuing to expand its leisure and retail portfolio, which includes current projects around the eastern region and beyond worth nearly £33million.

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Kinnerton's at Fakenham. Site Director Gordon Chetwood. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fakenham-based Kinnerton Confectionery said it was benefiting from being part of a wider group as it targets fresh growth across Europe.

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Old Speckled Hen was a star performer for Greene King's Brewing & Brands division during the first 18 weeks of its new financial year.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a challenging summer for its key Retail pubs business, with like-for-like sales edging ahead by 0.4%.

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Servest  chief executive Rob Legge.

Facilities management group Servest has moved into new offices close to its headquarters in Bury St Edmunds as it continues to expand.

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