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A week in business: A cashless pub, increasing house prices and a jobs boost

PUBLISHED: 06:00 22 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 22 September 2018

A sign on the bar of the Boot pub: Sam Russell/PA Wire

A sign on the bar of the Boot pub: Sam Russell/PA Wire

East Anglia has made national headlines on more than one occasion this week as a social media star secured a regular slot on This Morning and a pub scrapped cash completely. Here we look back at some of the biggest business stories of the week.

A traditional pub in Suffolk is laying claim to being the first pub in Britain to go cashless. We also discovered that there are other companies out there in Suffolk insisting their customers make card-only payments, and explore the merits and drawbacks for companies of going cash-free.

Hundreds flocked to the jobs fair in Ipswich on Wednesday, and we spoke to a range of jobseekers to find out what its really like to be unemployed and looking for work - from a woman who turned up looking for care work and was tempted into opening her own art business, to a woman whose last job involved answering the phone to Britain’s BT customers - from India.

What is your house really worth these days? We find out what the housing market in Suffolk and Colchester has been up to lately and lay it out for you in an easy-to-understand infographic.

We also got the lowdown on a garden centre in Clacton that has been told by Tendring Borough Council that it cannot run its Winter Wonderland this Christmas, because of the risk of traffic chaos on neighbouring roadways.

And finally, on a lighter note, Essex’s latest social media sensation, Mrs Hinch, has landed herself a regular spot on ITV’s This Morning show to share her cleaning tips with the nation. She also found a moment on Thursday to open the new Savers store in Witham.

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A ground-breaking tech company that recently relocated from Cambridge to Suffolk has been working with University of Essex researchers on technology designed to make our online data safer.

From its ‘Go Bananas’ HQ in Bury St Edmunds, this forest advanture company now employs more than 1,000 people across the UK and the US.

Here is a chart of the top 100 companies in the county. Find out which sectors have fared best and worst.

Staff at Tendring District Council-run leisure centres have rowed, swum and hiked hundreds of miles in aid of Children in Need, with more than £2,700 raised.

Colchester Council employees look set to benefit from a rise in the Living Wage, after the Living Wage Foundation recommended an increase on November 5, 2018.

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