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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Today’s the day - finally after a year of unprecedented toil and dismay Suffolk’s business community has something to cheer.

Road hauliers Express Freight Services has leased a 1.34 acre compound at the Port of Ipswich.

Wright’s cafe in Bury St Edmunds, known for its gourmet cheese toasties and cakes, has moved to a larger site.

BT boffins in Ipswich are working with a hi-tech start-up on an ultra-secure “unhackable” communications network for 5G and connected cars which uses quantum technology.

An under-fire Chinese telecoms tech giant is continuing to press its case to be involved in the UK’s digital future following a report which estimates its contribution to the country’s economy at £3.3bn — £400m of it in the East of England.

A new Tesco Express store looks set to open its doors in a town centre – a year after the company closed a store on the same road.

A new set of lock gates has been installed at Ipswich’s wet dock at a cost of £2m.

A new town business hub has seen an upturn in demand for space — despite the economic turmoil.

An Ipswich Christmas shop appears to have reopened in Ipswich town centre just 13 days after it was ordered to close for the rest of lockdown.

Hospitality bosses have complained the sector has been ‘unfairly’ singled out with the toughest Covid restrictions under the new tier system.

Footfall across retail sites in the East of England has plummeted by nearly 57% year-on-year as the effects of lockdown take their toll.

Nearly 45% of people in East Anglia are making a conscious effort to shop at local stores in a bid to support the region’s economy, new research has shown - but independents are missing a trick by not capitalising on online opportunities.

The former director of a popular pub and takeaway forced the business into liquidation after he took a £100,000 loan from the business and did not repay it, according to liquidators.

More than £850million has been issued to keep Suffolk and Norfolk businesses afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to latest figures.

Suffolk firms are considering setting up subsidiary companies in EU nations to mitigate the impacts of Brexit, according to local business advisers.

Food & farming news

Sunday, November 22, 2020

After a breathless chase, the pack finally tracks down its quarry — and a frenzy of licking ensues.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Farmers are set to create turtle dove feed plots across Norfolk and Suffolk in a bid to reverse dramatic declines in one of the UK’s most celebrated farmland birds.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Sheep farmers are furious after environment secretary George Eustice appeared to suggest that ‘mixed’ livestock enterprises could pivot towards beef production if the bottom falls out of the lamb market post-Brexit.

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Suffolk firms are considering setting up subsidiary companies in EU nations to mitigate the impacts of Brexit, according to local business advisers.