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Top 100 In Focus

Find out more about some of the leading figures in our Top 100 businesses.

Insurance giant Aviva has swooped for an Irish rival in a £116m deal that would make it one of Ireland’s largest insurers.

A cookware store is the latest addition to a garden centre, increasing the variety of products on offer.

The boss of one of East Anglia’s biggest retailers said his company had “made the best of a difficult year” in the wake of the Brexit vote and a softening of consumer confidence.

Kettle Foods UK managing director Ashley Hicks said while the group would continue to fry potato crisps in Norfolk for the UK market, if tariffs made it unviable to distribute from Norwich to Europe he would consider the move.

Suffolk brewer Adnams has teamed up with a Norwich tech company to launch a game inspired by its most popular beer.

Norse Commercial Services has struck a deal with a local authority in the Midlands which the company claims could see up to £25m flowing back into the Norfolk economy.

A Norfolk wine supplier has made changes at the top after appointing an experienced industry leader.

Garden centre group Notcutts, has announced a healthy performance with sales up 5.3% to £71.3m and operating profits up 57.7% in the year ending February 2017.

An electrical goods retailer has invested more than £50,000 in a demonstration kitchen to highlight its products.

A major Suffolk pig business has been snapped up by international food firm Tulip, which is part of Danish Crown, for an undisclosed sum.

An audio visual distributor has seen double digit growth as it increased turnover off the back of acquisitions.

Pub group Greene King has blamed falling consumer confidence, rising costs and bad weather for a slump in first quarter sales.

A Diss-based audio visual equipment distributor has continued on the acquisitions trail after taking a majority stake in a Dutch firm.

Regional retailer the East of England Co-op has received two nominations under a national training awards programme.

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English wine appears to be putting the fizz back into the industry, as a Norwich-based seller saw sales in home-grown vintages rise by 16%.

Offshore services group Gardline has been snapped up by a Dutch company in a multi-million pound deal, ending nearly 50 years as a family business.

Electrical retailer Hughes is hoping to improve driver efficiency with new in-cab technology in its fleet of delivery vehicles.

An east coast car dealership has seen its margins squeezed amid challenging trading conditions.

Investment in new sites and a focus on energy-efficient housing has added up to a “busy and successful year” at construction firm RG Carter.

A major East Anglian meat processor and seller is bullish about its future growth despite suffering a $15m set-back in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Building homes on commercially “unattractive” land to tackle a national shortage in homes could help services group Norse overcome cuts to council spending, its boss has said.

Turnover has risen at an East Anglian brewery but profits have fallen due to the closure and redevelopment of its hotel.

The region’s breweries are seeing low and non-alcoholic versions of their beers grow more popular as drinkers cut down on booze in favour of healthier options.

As more people move away from alcoholic drinks the market for non-alcoholic drinks is rising and the region’s breweries are aiming not to be left behind.

East Anglian firms have landed major multi-million pound contracts for the construction of an offshore wind farm’s coastal base.

Suffolk construction firm Jackson Civil Engineering has been awarded the contract for the long-awaited £7m Beccles Southern Relief Road.

Organisers of a seminar series on digital marketing for small and medium-sized businesses have hailed the events as a “great success”.

Websites are gaining importance as an asset in attracting customers and are in many sectors starting to replace the high street shop front as the first point of contact between business and consumer.

Online display advertising can help smaller businesses target their advertising to those who may be interested in their products.

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

Digital marketing experts will be helping small and medium businesses to get to grips with the creation and applications of video.

Search engine optimisation (SEO), a process to make sure customers find your business online, is a key tool in a small business’s digital marketing arsenal.

Media company Archant is helping small businesses to wrap their heads around the ever-changing digital world.

A “groundswell” in favour of companies who wear their heart of their sleeve is boosting the momentum of co-operatives in the East of England.

The new chief executive of an agricultural co-operative has pledged to put its members first under his stewardship.

They are the powerhouses of our region – the companies which drive the local economy and employ tens of thousands of people across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The East of England Co-op, the region’s largest independent retailer, has consolidated its status as a Top 100 company by posting revenue of £347.709m for the year to January 28, 2017, an increase 2.7% on the previous 12 months.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King, the second-largest member of the Top 100, last year reported a 58% jump in annual turnover following its “transformational” acquisition of the Spirit Pub Company.

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

Directors of a car sales group which saw a 13% jump in profits in 2016 are remaining cautious of forces which could affect the automotive industry.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients group Treatt has hailed a “great” first half to its current financial year, with a series of new business wins driving strong double-digit growth in sales and profits.

A grain trader which was taken over by a Chinese conglomerate last year has reported a rise in annual profit, despite tough trading conditions and price volatility.

Workers at Bernard Matthews “feel betrayed and let down” after confirmation that 128 jobs are to be lost, a union has claimed.

Veterinary group CVS saw revenue and profits rise in its interim results as its chairman pointed to a “strong financial base” for further growth.

Audio-visual distributor Midwich has delivered on the promise of its chief executive to pursue growth through acquisition after snapping up a European supplier.

Brewing, distilling and leisure retail company Adnams today reported record annual sales and strong growth in bottom-line profits.

Services giant Servest is anticipating its strong growth to continue in 2017, after posting results which showed turnover soared by almost one-fifth last year.

Flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt today signalled that profits for its current financial year are now likely to come in “substantially” ahead of previous expectations.

Pubs could be pushed over the edge by increases to business rates, it has been warned, as chains including Greene King write to the government to appeal for smoother transition arrangements.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King today reported a 1.1% increase in like-for-like sales across its flagship retail pubs business.

East Anglian construction and maintenance company Barnes Group has filed accounts showing strong growth in annual turnover and profits.

Despite the continued reduction of local authority spending a facilities management, care and services group is confident of another successful year as it aims to strengthen its property division.

Greene King has continued to reap the benefit of last year’s takeover of the Spirit Pub Company, with first half revenues across the pubs and brewing group topping £1bn for the first time.

Flavour and fragrance ingredients specialist Treatt has reported another year of strong profits growth as its strategy to move further up the value chain continues to bear fruit.

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