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Debenhams is facing administration for the second time in a year.

Convenience store chain McColl’s, which has stores across East Anglia, is joining forces with Deliveroo to deliver daily essentials to customers.

A farmer-owned business is encouraging members of the public to put their unexpected coronavirus confinement to good use by limbering up their green fingers.

With the country locked down and people only allowed to go shopping for essentials many are looking online to buy what they need – or want.

Farms earmarked for sale before the coronavirus lockdown may benefit from a surge in pent-up interest and an investor boost similar to the one after the credit crunch of 2008/9, land agents believe.

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

A Suffolk-based nursery group has asked for a quarter-of-a-million-pound loan from the bank to stay afloat - highlighting the coronavirus-induced struggles of the industry.

Through meals, aid supplies and medical equipment, Suffolk businesses have again been continuing to support key workers and those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

Some Suffolk firms are remaining open during the coronavirus lockdown, sparking fears from staff about spreading Covid-19.

High street chain Debenhams, which has stores in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester,

says it is “making contingency plans” to protect the business.

A company boss who has seen the main part of her business plunge by 90% due to the coronavirus crisis is volunteering her skills to help healthworkers keep safe.

Two important Suffolk arts venues are celebrating after scooping bumper grants to help them with major redevelopment projects.

Debenhams has said it is “making contingency plans” following reports the high street retailer is preparing to call in administrators.

Business viewpoints

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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.

An Essex arable farmer who served for six years in top roles at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said he had “no regrets” as he lost his bid to continue as deputy president.

A veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder has moved one step closer to achieving his dream after opening a coffee shop in Ipswich town centre.

Kim Kardashian West has shared a picture on Instagram with her son Saint dressed in a shirt from an independent Newmarket designer.

A young family say they are raring to go after taking over the popular Kesgrave Kitchen.

It might not quite be a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar - but this entrepreneur is very happy indeed after winning £5,000 to set up his own business in an Apprentice-style competition.

Telling young people they have to spend an extra hour at school might not sound popular - but this school in Ipswich is confident, in the long-term, their pupils will thank them.

Laura Buckingham believes her generation has entered the farming industry at a critical juncture.

A food ingredients firm in north Essex has taken on an industry heavyweight as its new managing director.

Harry was shot down while fighting the Nazis over Europe. Later, the businessman brought a huge number of jobs to Hadleigh

Argos has announced the relocation of one of its Ipswich branches, four months after revealing the store would be shut down.

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