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

A sign on the bar of the Boot pub in Freston near Ipswich Picture: Sam Russell/PA Wire

A sign on the bar of the Boot pub in Freston near Ipswich Picture: Sam Russell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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.