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The launch of the Suffolk Black Minority Ethnic Business Awards at the University of Suffolk, which will also host the awards ceremony in October.

The inaugural Suffolk BME Business Awards, recognising enterprise within the county’s black and minority ethnic communities, are now open for entries.

Holywells Park in Ipswich

Homeowners around Holywells Park have urged event organisers in the park to enforce stronger parking measures after a handful of anti-social parking complaints.

Beer & Co waterfront beer festival at St Peters, Ipswich 
Marc titford and greg cooper of Beer & Co

Organisers of the first-ever Saints Beer Festival, held at St Peter’s by the Waterfront on Friday, have toasted the event’s success after more than 1,500 people turned up.

Roadworks on Princes Street in Ipswich.

Work to improve the link between Ipswich’s historic town centre and the business district and Waterfront is set to start a new phase at the end of the month.

Members of the From Feat to Bravery National Citizen Service team

Community-minded youngsters from Suffolk are organising a series of fundrasisers to help volunteer rescuers in the county.

Dance East backing the Saints Beer Festival

Independent businesses in Ipswich are backing the new Saints Beer festival that launches tomorrow, which is helping boost trade for small firms.

Cyclists take part in the Sky Ride around Ipswich.

Ipswich came alive with energy and excitement as thousands of cyclists saddled up for the sixth annual Sky Ride spectacular.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part.

The popular Ipswich Sky Ride returns today, with the family-friendly event set to take in the scenic surroundings of Holywells Park for the first time.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town in 2015.

Hundreds of families are preparing to take to the streets of Ipswich on Sunday for the annual Sky Ride spectacular.

The Salthouse Eatery

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

Greg and Marc from Beer & Co are in the middle. They stand with other representatives from supporting organisations including St. Peters by the Waterfront, ahead4wine, Artizan Kitchen, SmartAlecMedia and Pop My Mind.

There is a new beer festival coming to the Ipswich Waterfront this summer and preparations for it are already underway.

Julia Allum who is currently busy painting 16 mini 'Ipswich Blue' piggy banks for the Association of British Ports & Pigs Gone Wild

A Pigs Gone Wild artist inspired by the success of the trail is going above and beyond her brief to raise even more cash for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Ipswich Waterfront Celebration taking place along the Ipswich Quayside.

Live music, food and drink, fairground rides and games – the inaugural Waterfront Celebration weekend in Ipswich had it all.

Andrew Beasley, MD, Flow Energy

An Ipswich-based energy supplier is planning to increase its workforce by 150 people over the coming months as it gears up for growth.

Ipswich Twilight Road Races 2016 - 10k mass participation run.

Hundreds of runners pounded the streets of Ipswich town centre in a sold-out evening of captivating mass participation and elite road races.

Work is continuing between Major's Corner and St Margaret's Plain.

After years of work around the town and months of frustration in the Major’s Corner/St Margaret’s Plain area, traffic should finally start flowing again around Ipswich town centre next week.

1st Ipswich 5k and 10k twilight road race. 
5k race

Hundreds of fundraisers and champion runners will take over the streets of Ipswich in a sold-out night of exciting mass participation and elite road races on Friday.

An historical day in Ipswich as the University of Suffolk is officially launched. 
L-R: vice chancellor Richard Lister, professor Dave Muller, professor William Pope, Deborah Cadman, and Ben Gummer, Ipswich MP.

The University of Suffolk officially declared independence today in a historical moment for Ipswich and the county.

Richard Lister of UCS.

A feeling of quiet satisfaction. The sense of a job well done. Those are the sentiments sweeping through the corridors of the Ipswich campus of the University of Suffolk, writes Matt Stott.

Crowds at the Ipswich Town FC open day ahead of the 2016/17 season

Ipswich Town fans hoping to go to the club’s open day today will need to plan their parking.

People playing Pokemon Go Picture: ANTONY KELLY

As hundreds of people across Ipswich have taken to playing Pokemon Go on their smartphones, parts of the town centre have become hubs for activity in the game.

The annual Ipswich Sky Ride weaving through the town on Sunday with all ages taking part - should we do more to encourage cycling?

Major improvements to Ipswich town centre’s cycle network could be on the horizon in a bid to make cycling safer and easier.

The Ipswich Borough Council building on Russell Road.

Ipswich Council is being reorganised in a bid to make the authority more focussed on attracting new business and jobs to the town.

Mark Pendlington, chair of the New Anglia LEP.

Businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk will this week be urged to put their weight behind plans for a devolution deal with the Government, giving the region greater powers to boost growth and employment.

Springfield Co-op Pig Art Attack. Pic: East of England Co-operative.

It was a pig-tastic day for a group of schoolchildren in Ipswich yesterday.

Francesca McDaniel from Southwold Surf School

“It’s the best job to have in the sun!” That was the assessment of 25-year-old Southwold surfing instructor Francesca McDaniel yesterday, after enjoying a day on the waves cooling off from the scorching summer sun.

Ben Gummer has pledged to continue to work hard for Ipswich.

As new Paymaster General, Ipswich MP Ben Gummer has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ministerial ranks over the last few days.

Marc Titford and Greg Cooper at the first pop-up bar at Colours Continental Cafe in Ipswich.

Beer and Co will host the Saints Beer Festival in Ipswich this August

Denise Johnson has been out and about taking pictures of sculptures in the Pigs Gone Wild trail

It has been three weeks since the launch of Pigs Gone Wild and Ipswich is just as excited as it was at the start of the display.

Follow the grey brick road - Mark Stannard

Tourist attractions in East Anglia are continuing to pull in visitors, despite the glum and unsettled weather.

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For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.

The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.

The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.

In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.

The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.

The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.

The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.

There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.

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