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Monday, April 29, 2019

Rural communities in Suffolk, Essex and the rest of England are being short-changed by government and therefore failing to fulfil their huge economic potential, according to a hard-hitting report.

Angry Marks and Spencer customers made a last-ditch attempt to save its Felixstowe branch from closure this morning - by cutting up their loyalty cards.

A 'delightful' area of ancient woodland on the edge of Ipswich is being offered up for sale, without a guide price.

Brexit uncertainty is focusing minds on increasing the east of England's already burgeoning trade with China, which has been showing promising signs in recent months and years.

Investing in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants as a means of diversifying farm businesses should be approached with care, those involved in the sector have warned.

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Standing still should not be an option for Suffolk and Essex landowners and farmers who are tempted to hold out for a clear outcome from the UK's Brexit crisis, land agents say.

Demand for redundant farm buildings is on the rise in East Anglia after planning rules were relaxed by government, a land agent says.

Suffolk farmers fear their industry will be at the sharp end of Brexit, and feel deep frustration at the way in which it is being handled by politicians.

Now in my third year of my AHDB Strategic Farm journey, both the workload and my effort are as great as ever.

The export opportunities for one of Suffolk's most prized brands is "huge", its boss believes.

A new bid to help members of Suffolk's farming community suffering from mental anguish took a big step forward this week with a training initiative for those involved in the industry.

Emily Cotton meets Sarah Blanchard, owner of Pom Pom Studio in Ipswich who turned her creative hobby into a booming business.

Emily Cotton meets Sarah Blanchard, owner of Pom Pom Studio in Ipswich who turned her creative hobby into a booming business.

It's a bitter-sweet moment preparing for your last show, Suffolk Show director Bee Kemball has admitted.

Around 100 farm secretaries from all over the country will be gathering in Suffolk for what's likely to be a very well-organised weekend.

A Suffolk farming family has scooped a top national accolade at a rural awards event.

Incoming licensees at a newly-re-opened Suffolk market town watering hole say they have ditched the noisy trappings of the modern pub - and are convinced they're onto a winning formula.

Statistics suggest that as a family-run concern, it's surviving against the odds. But four years after taking over the reins from her parents, Tarnia Robertson's hotel business is still going strong.

Rural skills students have helped a local landowner with a devastating illness to create the wildlife haven of his dreams.

Peter Meaney of Command Pest Control at Preston St Mary, near Bury St Edmunds, explains the facts behind increases and decreases in a number of common pests last year - including a big rise in wasp numbers

The beer market is moving on apace, and John Hadingham, who took over the reins at Suffolk brewery St Peter's in 2018, is aware that his business needs to keep one step ahead.

"We take the attitude if you are going to do it, do it properly," says farmer Pete Thompson as he describes how he branched out into apple orchards.

Taking a customer-centred, jargon-free approach, Fairhurst Menuhin has established itself as a trusted local law firm

Tough times may be ahead for the farming industry, but farmland is often seen as a safe harbour in uncertain times, East Anglian land agents point out as the farming industry grapples with the fall-out from the current political uncertainty created by the Brexit impasse.

Last year's 'hugely successful' Suffolk Show enjoyed a 'very positive' financial surplus, new figures reveal.

A new Jamaican restaurant is due to open in Ipswich next month, with authentic cuisine on the menu.

An historic hall and equestrian facility which was once home to what's believed to be the largest privately-owned yard of National Hunt horses in the country is up for sale, with a guide price tag of £2.95m freehold.

A Suffolk farming family is celebrating the sale of its residential care home diversification to an established operator.

A Suffolk cider entrepreneur, who, along with his brother built up the brand to become nationally acclaimed, is branching out with a new non-alcoholic drinks range.

The Spa at Bedford Lodge has launched its new wellbeing in the workplace pop-up. This is how the initiative could benefit your working day…

A publicly-funded team is working across Norfolk and Suffolk to drive economic growth and help the region's businesses to grow and create jobs.

An East Anglian farmers' leader is cautioning against creating a post-Brexit divide between those able to afford food reared and grown to a high standard in the UK and those who can't.

Blakenham Nursery, a glasshouse growing scheme which began just four years ago on the outskirts of Ipswich, is now about to become a reality as the first tomato plants arrive in December 2018, ready to be cultivated and harvested.

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