Doug Faulkner Business writer firstname.lastname@example.org @DougFaulknerG Ipswich’s tech sector “punching above its weight” Thu, 17:31 Doug Faulkner Suffolk is “punching above its weight” with ground-breaking technology, a sector leader has said following the release of an influential report. 800 jobs at risk as Mothercare prepares to axe 50 stores Thu, 09:09 Doug Faulkner Struggling children’s retailer Mothercare has unveiled plans to axe 50 stores across the UK with 800 jobs at risk. Nearly 800 jobs at risk as RBS becomes the latest bank to close branches Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Doug Faulkner The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is the latest bank to announce branch closures with nearly 800 jobs at risk in England and Wales. Crunch vote over future of Carpetright stores in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth Thursday, April 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner The fate of 300 Carpetright workers will be decided on Thursday when creditors to the stricken retailer vote on a radical store closure programme. Driver shortage ‘impacting viability’ of logistics businesses Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Doug Faulkner The transport and logistics industry continues to be plagued by a shortage of drivers, said bosses at an East Anglian industry event. Local councils move to reassure residents over outsourcing giant’s woes Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Doug Faulkner email@example.com Councils have reassured tax-payers over services outsourced to struggling firm Capita. Bank to close 49 branches including in Watton, Lakenheath and Chatteris – putting 1,230 jobs at risk Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Doug Faulkner East Anglian branches of Lloyds Banking Group are among those in the firing line after it announced plans to shut another 49 branches and cut 1,230 jobs. Pub group Greene King hit by Beast from the East but Anthony Joshua boosts Easter sales Thursday, April 12, 2018 Doug Faulkner Bad weather brought by the Beast from the East hit the sales of East Anglian pub owner and brewery Greene King. Rise in online sales brings Mothercare some much-needed relief Thursday, April 12, 2018 Doug Faulkner Beleaguered Mothercare has cheered a much-needed resurgence in online sales as the struggling retailer remains locked in talks with lenders over a refinancing deal. How do the average earnings in your area compare to the national rate? Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Doug Faulkner Taxpayers in Norfolk and Suffolk saw a significant rise in earnings over five years, according to newly-released figures from HMRC. What makes the region an ideal home for technology firms? Sunday, April 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner The technology and digital sector is on the rise in East Anglia as shown by last year’s TechNation report which showed it supports more than 17,000 jobs in Norwich and Ipswich alone. £9m investment and 247 jobs created – New Anglia LEP enterprise zones on track Monday, April 2, 2018 Doug Faulkner A scheme to help businesses to grow and innovate has delivered nearly 250 jobs and £9m of investment in just two years. Seminars will discuss the demise of Carillion Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Doug Faulkner Tips to avoid the fate of failed construction giant Carillion will be shared at a series of seminars hosted by an East Anglian law firm. New Look confirms it will close stores and cut jobs Thursday, March 22, 2018 Doug Faulkner High street fashion retailer New Look has confirmed it will close 60 of its stores. Are you a grandparent who is missing out on £230 a year? Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Doug Faulkner Nearly 90% of grandparents who look after their grandchildren are missing out on £230 a year in unclaimed state pension credits. Retailer Carpetright puts jobs under threat as it eyes restructure Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Doug Faulkner Embattled retailer Carpetright has put jobs under threat as it draws up sweeping restructuring plans which will close poorly-performing stores and see it tap investors for up to £60m. Pub and restaurant industry bosses call on chancellor for business rates reform after series of closures Monday, March 12, 2018 Doug Faulkner Leaders in the restaurant and pub trade have called on the chancellor to tackle business rates, warning the industry is at “tipping point” ahead of today’s Spring Statement. First redundancies made as administrators struggle to find buyer for beleaguered retailer Thursday, March 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Fears are growing for electronics retailer Maplin after administrators made 63 redundancies as they struggle to find a buyer. John Lewis and Waitrose staff see bonus cut to 5% following 1,440 redundancies in 2017 Thursday, March 8, 2018 Doug Faulkner Staff at the John Lewis Partnership will see their bonuses cut for the fifth year in a row after the retail giant revealed a slump in profits and warned earnings will remain under pressure in 2018. ‘Financial reality’ hits as rising costs leave shoppers unable to make discretionary purchases Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Doug Faulkner Shoppers were dealing with the “financial reality” of their budgets being eaten up by essential spending in February, leaving less cash for discretionary purchases, a report has found. Retailer Toys R Us reportedly facing administration if it fails to pay £15m tax bill Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Doug Faulkner It is understood administrator Moorfields is waiting in the wings as the toy seller attempts to find a buyer before hitting the payment deadline on a hefty VAT bill. Survey shows workers on move and expecting a pay rise in 2018 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 Doug Faulkner From rising pay to competition to keep accountants, a recruitment agency has laid bare the landscape in the East Anglian labour market. Electronics store latest retailer to struggle as it seeks buyer Monday, February 26, 2018 Doug Faulkner The future of electronics retailer Maplin is in doubt as the company seeks to find a buyer. Insurance broker backs charity which helped its chairman Friday, February 23, 2018 Doug Faulkner An insurance broker has announced it will be supporting the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) for the next three years. Sports Direct criticised by the Church of England over the treatment of employees Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Doug Faulkner Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been rebuked by the Church of England over the treatment of factory workers and governance failings at the retailer. 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.