Mark Shields Business editor firstname.lastname@example.org @mark__shields Norfolk and Suffolk bid to woo global investors at international showcase Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Mark Shields Norfolk and Suffolk’s biggest development opportunities are being presented to global investors at an international event this week. Builders merchant Ridgeons is bought by Huws Gray Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Mark Shields East Anglian builders merchant Ridgeons has been bought in a multi-million pound deal. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Archant’s Digital Decoded: Has your marketing changed to keep pace with your customers? Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant’s free Digital Decoded workshops explains how customer habits are changing – and businesses must keep up to survive. ‘I want to land a game-changer’ – New Anglia LEP chairman Doug Field on his big hope for 2019 Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Mark Shields As New Anglia LEP prepares for its annual general meeting today, its chairman Doug Field still feels he has unfinished business, he told business editor Mark Shields. The East Anglian breweries making their debut in the Good Beer Guide 2019 Thursday, September 13, 2018 Mark Shields Norfolk and Suffolk’s thriving beer scene has been recognised in the latest industry bible, with eight new breweries making the cut for 2019. Lloyds Bank reveals where it will close another 15 branches Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Mark Shields Lloyds Banking Group is to axe another 15 branches as is presses ahead with efforts to restructure the business. Free Digital Decoded workshops will give businesses inside track on SEO Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Mark Shields A series of free workshops aims to give businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk the skills they need to survive and thrive in the online world. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Archant’s Digital Decoded: What you’ll learn at our free workshops (translated for humans) Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Mark Shields Archant’s Digital Decoded workshops offer a no-nonsense guide to SEO and more. Jamie Brown explains what you’ll learn at the free sessions. Debenhams shares plunge as rumours swirl of KPMG emergency meetings Monday, September 10, 2018 Mark Shields Debenhams shares plunged 17% after KPMG was called in to help draft emergency plans to save the troubled retailer. Red Bull Racing, US Navy tech and being transparent – Five things you need to know about Anglian Water’s new £6.5bn plan Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Mark Shields Anglian Water has revealed how it wants to spend £6.5bn to protect the region’s water supplies in the coming years. Business editor Mark Shields takes a look at five things we learned from the plan. Updated: Anglian Water lays out £6.5bn investment in region – and what it will mean for bills Monday, September 3, 2018 Mark Shields Anglian Water has revealed a £6.5bn investment plan as it looks to balance increasing demand from the East of England’s growing population with reduced rainfall. 1,500 jobs at risk as Homebase reveals the 42 stores it wants to close - including Ipswich Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Mark Shields Homebase has confirmed the 42 stores it wants to close as part of a restructure that puts 1,500 jobs at risk - and it includes the Ipswich branch. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Local Impact: How do you keep customers coming back for more? Thursday, August 9, 2018 Mark Shields How do you build loyalty in your customers, and keep them coming back to you, asks Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme. Homebase ‘to close a quarter of stores’ in move that threatens 1,000 jobs Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Mark Shields Troubled DIY chain Homebase is set to reveal plans which will close around a quarter of its stores and threaten more than 1,000 jobs, according to reports. Jamie Brown of Local Impact: How does your business stand out from its competition? Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme examines how you can make your business stand out from the crowd. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact: Why you need SEO even if your marketing is offline Monday, July 16, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact explains why search engine optimisation could be the tool you didn’t know you needed. Hundreds of jobs to go as Poundworld confirms 25 store closures - including one in East Anglia Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mark Shields Administrators to collapsed discount retailer Poundworld are to close 25 stores, resulting in 242 job losses. How to stay cool in the office during the summer heatwave Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Mark Shields These 10 tips will keep you cool as a cucumber in the office this summer – do you know any better ones? Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert: My five top tips to stop scammers Sunday, July 1, 2018 Mark Shields Criminals aren’t always thugs with meaty arms and little between the ears. Updated: Shoppers warned of stock changes over weekend as CO2 shortage intensifies Friday, June 29, 2018 Mark Shields Crumpets have become the latest casualty of the carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage hitting the UK’s food and drink industry - with retailers warning that stocks may dwindle this weekend. Opinion: Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact: How a long-term plan can deliver results Thursday, June 28, 2018 Mark Shields As a business owner, your ultimate goal is highly likely to be to have more people spending money with you – this means you need to start by building a customer base. Updated: Pubs and brewers in East Anglia face anxious wait as CO2 shortage threatens World Cup beer supplies Thursday, June 21, 2018 Mark Shields Pubs, breweries and drinks makers in East Anglia say they are “monitoring the situation” after warnings that CO2 shortages could see the UK run out of beer and fizzy drinks ahead of a weekend of World Cup festivities and summer barbecues. New Anglia LEP chairman Doug Field meets PM Theresa May to discuss region’s skills challenges Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Mark Shields Prime minister Theresa May heard from an East Anglian business leader about how the government could work more closely with the region to drive growth. Central England Co-op launches scheme to donate unused food to charity groups Sunday, June 17, 2018 Mark Shields A scheme to cut supermarket food waste is to be rolled out across Norfolk and Suffolk after a successful pilot. Poll: Don’t score an own goal – let workers watch the World Cup, urges union Thursday, June 14, 2018 Mark Shields Firms are being urged not to score an “own goal” during the World Cup by refusing to be flexible with requests from staff to watch football matches over the coming weeks. Opinion: How can Archant’s Local Impact help your business stand out online? Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown of Archant Local Impact explains how you can access help to make your business stand out online. Opinion: Introducing Local Impact – giving businesses the advertising firepower they need to succeed Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Mark Shields Jamie Brown, head of knowledge and development at Archant, introduces Local Impact. East Anglia’s angel investor fund has been given a £1m top-up to support young businesses Thursday, May 3, 2018 Mark Shields A venture capital fund backing some of the region’s high-growth business prospects has received a million-pound top-up to invest in more start-ups. TV and radio comedian Miles Jupp will star at the new-look Suffolk Business Awards this summer Friday, April 27, 2018 Mark Shields Television and radio comic Miles Jupp has been announced as the after-dinner speaker at the Suffolk Business Awards, which will celebrate the inspiring people and companies across the region. Around 1,500 jobs are at risk as Poundworld becomes latest high-street name to struggle Thursday, April 26, 2018 Mark Shields Around a third of Poundworld’s stores could be shut under a restructuring plan which would put more than 1,500 jobs at risk.