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Suffolk-based JR Executive Travel has been acquired in a buy-out deal valuing the business at £1.8million.

The Cliff Quay brewery is going to be developed.

An historic Ipswich building which only months ago was considered ‘at risk’ has been boosted by plans for a major redevelopment project which could see it become a thriving hub of the community.

Hopkins Homes' Bure Place development.

Suffolk-based housebuilder Hopkins Homes has now achieved a hat-trick of national awards for its restoration and conversion of a Victorian listed building in Norfolk.

Fork Rent is one of three Suffolk firms in the new Investec Mid-Market 100 listing.

Three Suffolk firms have broken into a bi-annual listing of the UK’s 100 fastest-growing mid-market private companies.

Jonathan Agar of Birketts. left, with Ian Thoroughgood of Grant Thornton.

Suffolk’s leading companies have together recorded solid growth in sales and profits over the past year, according to the new Suffolk Limited report from Grant Thornton.


Potato crisp maker Fairfields has teamed up with yet another food and drink producer from the region, with the launch of Adnams Ghost Ship-flavoured crisps.

Helen Reeves, MSC UK, Rachael Miller, MSC UK, David Garnham-Weaver, MSC UK, Jude Rouse, MSC UK, Diana Porter, Fresh Start – new beginnings, Ali Phillips, MSC UK, Anne Gordon, MSC UK, Nicky Fishwick, MSC UK, Natalie Chaplin, Fresh Start – new beginnings, Sonya Wells, MSC UK, and Paula Watts, MSC UK.

Ipswich-based Mediterranean Shipping Company UK has presented a cheque for more than £26,600 to the Fresh Start – new beginnings, charity which supports children in Suffolk and Norfolk who have reported being sexually abused.

Part of the John Woods Nurseries site at Pettistree, near Woodbridge.

Nearly 20 people are understood to have been made redundant when John Woods Nurseries went into administration earlier this month.

Nationwide Building  Society has reported a 34% increase in pre-tax profits.

Nationwide, the UK’s largest building society, has posted a 34% increase in first half profits after benefiting from the continued boom in mortgage lending.

Simon Smith, East of England regional director at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management.

The number of businesses in the East of England is growing at nearly twice the national average rate, a new report has revealed.

Royal Mail has reported a

Moves to slash costs helped limit the decline in underlying operating profits, which fell by 2% to £342million in the six months to September 27.

A Subway sandwich shop

A Suffolk branch of the Co-op is set to reopen with the addition of a fast food counter next week.

Ipswich Waterfront

Advice and networking at latest UCS open business event

Business viewpoints

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Town Topics with Ipswich Central

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Sandra Patton, Ashton KCJ

Legally Speaking with Ashton KCJ

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

Town Topics with Ipswich Central

Owner and head chef of Sweet P's, Pierre Rollins.

Soul food restaurant Sweet P’s is due to reopen next week after a devastating kitchen fire six months ago.

Dogs at Suffolk Canine Creche in Martlesham enjoying the pool.

The Suffolk Canine Creche at Martlesham is making a bit of a splash.

Ipswich Waterfront. Photograph Simon Parker 6/5/2014

A consultation is under way with companies in Ipswich to find out how the proposed Wet Dock Crossing would affect business.

Paul Clement, chief executive, Ipswich Central

Town Topics with Ipswich Central

iStreet was launched by Hugo Catchpole and Hamish Stone last year. It works on the basis of a donation being made to charity each time a customer uses iStreet to make an online purchase. The social enterprise company has now been nominated for a prestigious Charity Times Award.

An Ipswich-based social enterprise that has raised thousands of pounds for good causes is in the running for a UK Charity Times Award.

A new report has looked into the nation's internal migration statistics

Stark differences in the region’s migratory habits have been revealed by a new report looking at population moves within the UK.

Roger Loomes from Ashton KCJ

Legally Speaking with Ashton KCJ

Paul Clement at St Joseph's College

Town Topics with Paul Clement of Ipswich Central

The Willis building in Ipswich.

Around 200 people are to lose their jobs at the Ipswich office of global insurance broker and risk management group Willis.

Julie Crossley of Ashton KCJ

Legally Speaking with Ashton KCJ

Dayle Bayliss

Women represent just 11% of the construction workforce in the UK and only 2% of those are in manual roles.

Richard Foyster of Ashton KCJ

Legally Speaking with Ashton KCJ

Tony Stockman chats with Dr Dan Poulter MP at last year's Ready for Growth business seminar at Framlingham Technology Centre

A forum for small and medium sized enterprises to gather and gain support returns this month following a successful debut last year.

Paul Clement at St Joseph's College

Town Topics with Ipswich Central

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