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The Covid-19 crisis has put huge pressure on businesses across Suffolk, so much so that many are having to make difficult decisions about redundancies. But what happens if you find yourself at risk?

The Red House - a “very special Grade II listed family home” near Woodbridge, has come on the market and could be yours for £1.5m.

The Coast to Coast restaurant in The Buttermarket Shopping Centre has confirmed it will be closing permanently due to the devastating impact of coronavirus.

A nursery near Felixstowe which was put into special measures last year has gone into administration making six people redundant.

A pub group says it expects its managed estate to take a 40% dive in takings because of new social distancing rules.

A historic Hadleigh hardware store is set to be redeveloped into 14 apartments and new shops after major plans were approved by Babergh District Council.

Boots has confirmed that one of its two branches in Hadleigh town centre will close permanently.

Inaccurate endowment policy forecasts have caused problems for millions, says finance expert Peter Sharkey.

Suffolk-based cruise line Fred. Olsen has vowed to return “better, safer and stronger than ever” after the government urged people to avoid travelling on cruise ships during the coronavirus crisis.

Hospitality businesses will need to perform a balancing act between customers worried that a visit to their local will be devoid of the fun factor versus those concerned about their health, an expert suggests.

The new Italian restaurant in Framlingham fronted by TV presenter Ruth Watson will finally welcome its first diners later this month after the coronavirus outbreak delayed its opening.

Two branches of Frankie & Benny’s in Suffolk are to close as coronavirus deals the chain another blow.

Jobs in East Anglia are at risk as Boots has said it expects to cut more than 4,000 jobs because of the “significant impact” of Covid-19.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Suffolk workers have shared their experiences of the furlough scheme as more businesses start to welcome back staff.


Suffolk and Essex tourist destinations are desperate to open as they fight for survival after lockdown.

A high street trader said he had been surprised by the number of shoppers who had returned to Ipswich town centre since non-essential retailers were allowed to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown.

Thousands of keen shoppers came to Ipswich to hunt for the best bargains as non-essential stores reopened on Monday - but how different does the town centre now look, compared to lockdown a few weeks ago?

The owner of Deben Inns, which runs a string of well-known pubs in Suffolk, says he fears for the future of the industry unless the Government provides more support during the Covid-19 crisis.

A director of one of Suffolk’s best known independent stores is launching a campaign for free car parking to help small businesses fight back following the coronavirus pandemic.

Adnams beer fans will soon be able to get their hands on a freshly poured pint as the brewery looks to reopen four pubs on July 4.

A new dental clinic is opening in Ipswich following a “shortage” of accessible practices in the area – hoping to serve around 6,000 people every year.

The tourism industry in Essex needs major government support after lockdown – that is the message from the boss of Clacton Pier.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has chosen a new regional leader to succeed its current director – who is off to start a new life in France.

Plans have been revealed for a new drive-thru Burger King restaurant at an Ipswich retail park, which would bring dozens of new jobs to the area.

A 50ft Dutch barge has been put on the market with a freehold price tag of £49,900.

A self-employed trader has blasted the insurance industry for refusing to pay out on coronavirus.

A veteran of the foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001 is set to head up Framlingham-based farmer co-operative Fram Farmers.

A mum who struggled to find fashionable breastfeeding-friendly clothes has come up with her own designs and is seeking the public’s support to help launch her business.

Ipswich has become a ghost town in the wake of the coronavirus crisis - and there are fears the situation will escalate.

A business chief is urging people to get behind retailers in Bury St Edmunds after challenging conditions saw footfall in the town drop in February.

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