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The total of more than 1.98m represented an increase of 5.8%, or around 109,000 passengers, compared with the same month last year and beat a previous record set in 2016, when Easter fell during March.

A “challenger” supplier in the energy market, which employs around 250 people in Ipswich, is set to be sold to Co-op Energy in a deal valuing the business at around £9.25m.

Warehousing and transport company GMA, which has bases in Ipswich and Felixstowe, has launched in-house campaign to promote risk-free working across its operations.

Discount retailer Poundland is rolling out the PEP&CO fashion brand to 12 more of its stores across the East of England over the next six months, creating around 60 new jobs.

The Port of Felixstowe has taken delivery of its first remote control ship-to-shore gantry cranes.

An East Anglia-based property management company is relocating a number of key functions to its newest office, in Ipswich.

Leisure airline Jet2.com is to create more new flight deck, cabin crew and ground operations jobs at Stansted Airport with the addition of a 10th aircraft to its 2018 summer schedule.

Four businesses in Suffolk feature in the latest edition of an annual listing of the UK’s private companies with the fastest-growing profits.

Female employees at Ipswich Town FC earn more than 50% less than men - but the gap narrows to less than the national average when the club’s professional players and other top earners are stripped out of the calculation.

An Essex bakery has created was is claimed to be the world’s largest Belgian Bun − to celebrate the launch of a new route between London Southend Airport and Antwerp.

Heathpatch, the diversified business group of Suffolk farmer James Buckle, has expanded again with the acquisition of i4 Innovation, a manufacturer of plastic enclosures and medical products based in Thetford.

The company behind plans for the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station in Suffolk has distanced itself from a report that it may pull the plug on the project unless it receives financial assurances from the Government.

Commercial vehicle dealership chain TruckEast has reported increased annual profits, despite a slight dip in revenue amid a broadly flat UK market.

Suffolk-based specialist joinery company TMJ Interiors has celebrated the successful completion of a major project forming part of business information giant Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in the City on London.

Orwell Housing Association has set out a plan to deliver an average of at least 100 new affordable homes a year in Suffolk over the next decade.

Facilities management group Vertas has agreed a £2.9m contract to deliver services to five Essex schools built and operated by Skanska.

A record turnout of members at Ipswich Building Society’s annual general meeting heard about another successful year of growth for the lender.

Alcohol supplier and retailer Conviviality plans to appoint administrators within the next 10 business days “unless circumstances change”, putting 2,500 jobs at risk.

Low alcohol beer company Big Drop Brewing has been named among the finalists in the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards.

Rural businesses from Suffolk and Essex have been named among the regional winners in the annual Countryside Alliance Awards.

A self-catering holiday complex based on a farm in Suffolk has been named among the finalists in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Southwold brewer and distiller Adnams is toasting a triple success for its whiskies in the annual World Whiskies Awards for 2018.

Local councillors and business leaders gathered to celebrate the “topping out” of a new free school being built at Oulton.

Essex and Suffolk-based estate agents and chartered surveyors firm Fenn Wright is to open a new branch in Woodbridge, just a year after launching a Sudbury office.

The company behind high street fashion chain Select has become the latest retailer to embark on a radical restructuring that could see several stores close, putting the future of 2,000 staff at risk.

Suffolk businessman Paul Magnus, whose interests ranged from international shipping to river cruises on the River Orwell, has died aged 71 at his home near Hadleigh following a short illness.

A record total of more than 10.8m seats will be available on flights at London Stansted Airport this summer, an increase of 1.2m compared with last year’s summer schedule.

Ipswich-based QDOS Communications, a leading supplier of telecoms and IT solutions to the hospitality industry, is to become part of a £10m turnover business following a merger deal with another major player in the sector.

Ryanair has added flights between London Stansted Airport and Kiev and Lviv in Ukraine to its Winter schedule for 2018-19.

Businesses and other organisations are being urged to raise money to help a Suffolk-based charity which each year provides thousands of food parcels to people in crisis.

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