Mark Shields Business editor email@example.com @mark__shields 1,500 jobs at risk as Homebase reveals the 42 stores it wants to close - including Ipswich Tue, 14:12 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. This week’s movers and shakers - featuring Pier, Birketts, Prettys, Ellisons and Anglia Farmers Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mark Shields The latest moves and appointments in businesses across Suffolk and north Essex. Learning the lessons of success at latest Future50 Live! conference Friday, April 20, 2018 Mark Shields The most ambitious companies in the region were urged to hold on to their founding principles in the search for growth, as they gathered to hear inspirational stories of business success. How to grow your business: Speakers to share stories of success at Future50 Live! Sunday, April 15, 2018 Mark Shields The second Future50 Live! event aims to combine inspiration and education to help your business grow. Mark Shields reports. Openreach launches recruitment drive for 220 engineers in East Anglia Friday, March 16, 2018 Mark Shields BT Openreach has launched its biggest recruitment drive ever, which will include 220 engineers to speed the roll-out of faster broadband in the region. Learn secrets of leaders’ motivation at launch of Best Employers scheme Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Mark Shields Do you want to learn how to make your company a better place to work, improve its productivity, and help it become more appealing to new recruits? Lings’ family owners recognised with lifetime achievement award Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Mark Shields The owners of a well-known East Anglian family firm have been honoured at an industry awards ceremony. Administrators appointed at holding company of troubled boat builder Oyster Thursday, February 8, 2018 Mark Shields Administrators have been appointed at Oyster Marine Holdings Ltd, the holding company of the Oyster Yacht group of boat builders. Updated: Oyster Yachts staff ‘sent home after company runs out of cash’ Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Mark Shields Workers at a boat-building yard in Norfolk have been sent home after being told their employer “has run out of cash”. Why taking part in Best Employers 2018 could help boost the whole region Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Mark Shields Learning more about how East Anglian companies can become better places to work stands to benefit us all, writes Mark Shields. Best Employers: The search begins to find the best companies to work for in East Anglia Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Mark Shields Is your company one of the best employers in the region? A new initiative aims to find the top businesses to work for in East Anglia – and how to improve your workplace. New start-up platform aims to drive up survival rates across the UK – using East Anglian expertise Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Mark Shields The experience and expertise of East Anglian business has helped to shape a new platform which hopes to shake up start-up support for new companies.