Doug Faulkner Business writer firstname.lastname@example.org @DougFaulknerG More doubt cast over future of Toys R Us Friday, February 16, 2018 Doug Faulkner More doubt has been cast over the future of high street retailer Toys R Us after reports emerged of an outstanding tax bill. Fewer zombies, more distress – the business health of East Anglia Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Doug Faulkner As MPs rake through the ashes of the construction group Carillion you might be forgiven for thinking business collapses were on the rise. BT sees revenues hit by business rates and pension charges Friday, February 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner Telecoms giant BT has revealed falling third-quarter revenues and earnings after it was hit by higher business rates and pension charges. Britain’s economy grows faster than expected at the end of 2017 Friday, January 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner Britain’s economy performed better than expected in the fourth quarter thanks to the country’s powerhouse services sector, though there are warning signs of “slower and uneven” growth. Sales slump at Frankie and Benny’s owner amid “soft” market Thursday, January 25, 2018 Doug Faulkner Frankie & Benny’s owner The Restaurant Group has reported a fall in sales as a weaker UK dining market took its toll on the business. Cost of motor insurance jumped by £30 last year Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Doug Faulkner The average cost of motor insurance has jumped by £30 over the past year to reach a new record high of £493, according to insurers. Supermarket Sainsbury’s puts “thousands of jobs” at risk in restructure Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner Sainsbury’s has revealed it is to cut thousands of jobs, just a day after rival Tesco announced 1,700 management roles were to be axed in a restructure. Competitions authority finds takeover of Sky by Fox not in public interest Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox is not in the public interest as the combined group would have too much control over UK news media, the competition watchdog has provisionally found. Stakes are high as bookies warn of job losses and store closures if fixed odds betting terminal rules change Monday, January 22, 2018 Doug Faulkner They have become a regular site on every high street but now the UK’s gambling industry is warning there could be swathes of cuts to jobs and stores should the industry be hit by new rules. Smoothie boss hits out at Brexit-backing Wetherspoon pub chief Monday, January 22, 2018 Doug Faulkner The founder of drinks brand Innocent has launched a scathing attack on the Brexit-backing Wetherspoon boss, accusing him of selling Britain’s economy out for “cheap Chardonnay”. East of England housing market stagnates, according to RICS Thursday, January 18, 2018 Doug Faulkner The East of England housing market slowed in December with flat sales and prices anticipated in the near term. Insolvency warning to small firms hit by Carillion collapse Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Doug faulkner Subcontractors at risk due to the failure of construction giant Carillion need to assess their finances as soon as possible to safeguard their future. We’re going to need a bigger boat: Demand for larger vessels and Brexit prices put wind in marine sector’s sails Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner While many industries are fighting their way through choppy seas, there are calmer waters in the boating sector, helped by exchange rates and a desire among buyers to upgrade. In the market for a £2.7m boat? Here’s what you could see at the London Boat Show Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner Thinking of splashing out on a new boat or wondering how to spend that £250,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Video: Firms left to count the multi-million pound cost of Carillion collapse Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Doug Faulkner Engineering firm Van Elle has warned over a potential £1.6m hit if it fails to claw back payments owed by collapsed construction giant Carillion. Housebuilder Bovis eyes profits boost despite £10m costs over complaints and restructure Friday, January 12, 2018 Doug Faulkner Bovis Homes has become the latest housebuilder to shrug off economic uncertainty by posting a bullish trading update, pointing to a hefty rise in profit this year. The Christmas retail winners and losers Thursday, January 11, 2018 Doug Faulkner Against a backdrop of store closures, job cuts and insolvencies the retail sector headed into the festive period on choppy seas. Increase in vacancies but fewer candidates looking to move Thursday, January 11, 2018 Doug Faulkner The number of vacancies in East Anglia has increased but there has been a fall in candidates expecting to change jobs, according to a recruitment agency. Tesco turnaround on track as sales rise 1.9% over Christmas Thursday, January 11, 2018 Doug Faulkner Tesco has emerged as a festive winner after reporting a steep rise in sales over the critical Christmas trading period. Lidl claims to be fastest growing supermarket after record Christmas footfall Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Doug Faulkner Lidl has claimed it was the “fastest growing supermarket” over Christmas after booking record festive sales. Cheap veg helps supermarket Sainsbury’s to record Christmas Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Doug Faulkner Sainsbury’s has boosted its profit forecast after enjoying a record Christmas and signalling bigger cost savings from its acquisition of Argos. An e-commerce consortium is hoping to resurrect a deal for assets of Multiyork Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Doug Faulkner The factory and head office of failed furniture retailer Multiyork has attracted interest from a consortium which claims it wants to continue production and secure jobs at the site. Video: Future50: How to recruit the right talent and retain them Monday, January 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner How to find and retain the best talent with the required skills, personality and ethos to fit with your company is a challenge for any business. New developer conference launches in East Anglia Friday, January 5, 2018 Doug Faulkner Speakers from leading East Anglian businesses will be sharing their thoughts and stories at a technology conference. Norfolk and Suffolk firms set course for London Boat Show Thursday, January 4, 2018 Doug Faulkner An armada of the region’s boating businesses are heading to the capital for the annual London Boat Show, hoping to take a slice of the £3bn market. Debenhams to accelerate cost cutting plans after Christmas slump Thursday, January 4, 2018 Doug Faulkner Department store chain Debenhams has warned over profits after it slashed prices to boost flagging sales over the festive period, leading the retailer to accelerate reorganisation plans. Leap in demand for science and technology skills in East Anglia Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Doug Faulkner Demand for skills continues to increase across East Anglia with vacancies rising by 9% year-on-year to November 2017, according to research. Unexpected slump in UK construction Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Doug Faulkner There was bad news for builders as output in Britain’s construction sector unexpectedly fell last month as commercial building and civil engineering work continued to drag on the industry. Power firm helped by shift to battery storage Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner The region’s main electricity distributor generated more than £60m in turnover from projects across the East of England in 2017, helped by 80 major schemes and an increase in the use of storage. Inflation and cyber crime among chief concerns for SMEs Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner Cyber crime and rising inflation are the chief concerns for small businesses heading in to 2018, according to research.