From left, CJ Green, Andrew Sugars, Rob Legge and Phil Morris at the Servest offices at Fornham All Saints near Bury St Edmunds.

Servest aims to clean up in facilities management sector

With a head office just outside Bury St Edmunds, facilities management company Servest has developed an impressive national network of contracts offering services such as cleaning, catering, security and pest control. Now chief executive Rob Legge has plans to build the group up into a £1billion business, as Ross Bentley found out.

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James Skellorn, Barker Gotelee

Business Law: James Skellorn on how the reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax will affect farmers

The major reform of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) may help to revive a flagging housing market just in time for the election, but a key point for farmers is that new high rates of Stamp Duty (10% on value between £925,001.00 and £1.5m and value in excess of £1.5m taxed at 12%) apply only to residential properties.

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Peter Harrup of BDO

Business Finance: Peter Harrup on how the Autumn Statement will help R&D

The manufacturing sector is set to start 2015 on solid ground, with strong outputs and orders during 2014 continuing to feed through to increased investment for the next 12 months.

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Six year old Jessica Newell with Right Revd Dr David Thomson, Acting Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, and her Christmas card which won the diocesan church schools competition.

Jessica’s card is a Christmas winner in church schools event

A schoolgirl’s Christmas card design has been chosen as the winner in a competition which this year enjoyed a record entry.

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