Steve Muncey, senior partner for KPMG in East Anglia.

Business Finance: Firms need to plan for the ‘new normal’, says Steve Muncey

It seems as if the UK recovery is finally on track with growth of around 3% in the year to the first quarter of 2014. We may not be returning to the glory days of 5–7% annual growth for the foreseeable future but 2–3% is not a bad place to be given the challenges of recent years.

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Kevin Collins. managing firector at the  Pound Gates Group in Ipswich.

Ipswich: People at the heart of success for insurance broker Pound Gates

Insurance brokers The Pound Gates Group runs two successful businesses from its offices in Ipswich. Ross Bentley talks to managing director Kevin Collins about why the town is an ideal location to base his company.

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Nicola and Andrew Hunter are pictured at Bury Physio.

Bury St Edmunds: Could Nicola Hunter’s business be a way forward for working mums everywhere?

London. Hong Kong. Bury St Edmunds. Nicola Hunter’s journey to Suffolk is a little unusual, but then so is London born Nicola. When obstacles cross her path, she does something about them.

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JD Sports Fashion reports interim results on Wednesday this week.

The Week Ahead: Updates due from JD Sports Fashion, French Connection and Smiths Group

The latest snapshots from the retail sector will come from JD Sports and French Connection when they present half-year figures this week.

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Cherry plums - but are these what Sheena Grant found in her garden?

Cherry plum or golden bullace? Either way it made a good crumble

Truth be told, my husband did raise an eyebrow when I told him that night’s dessert was a crumble made with fruit I’d found in the hedge.

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