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Meet Niche Cocktails: masters of mixology

Niche Cocktails will toast in the new year with a new brand launch in February. Can their unique canned mixes do for cocktails what Fever-Tree did for mixers? CEO Rob Breakwell certainly thinks so. Niche Cocktails was founded by Suffolk...

Climate change poses massive threats to our ‘Thriving East’

Hot, dry and growing: new report reveals that our economically significant region is one of the most challenged to thrive. The East of England (defined as the area Anglian Water serves) faces critical challenges over the next two decades, as...

Independent logistics firm expands to meet growing demand

A family-run logistics firm have announced they are expanding their reach with the addition of a multi-million-pound new warehouse in the East of England. Independent logistics firm Hemisphere Freight Services is building a 243,511 sq ft warehouse at Suffolk Port...

‘On the buses’ are green to go

A Norwich bus depot is one of the first outside London to turn fully electric. New underground cables and equipment have been installed at a local substation by UK Power Networks, upgrading the Roundtree Way depot to fully power electric...

Ask the legal expert

By Andrew Priest, Partner, Commercial & Technology, Birketts LLP Q: I have heard that it is now much easier to send personal data to the US – is that correct? A: Following the introduction of the new data bridge between the...

Stark warning over employment of illegal workers

Restaurants and businesses across the region have been warned to get their employee ‘right to work documents’ in order before the fine for illegal workers triples by the end of January. Under changes to Government legislation, which come into effect...

How can digital accounting supercharge your business?

By Martin Bugg, Digital Partner, Larking Gowen Have you migrated your accounts over to online accounting software yet? If not, what’s stopping you? At Larking Gowen, we’re passionate about supporting our clients to make the transition to digital accounting, and make it...

Turnover of Suffolk’s top 100 privately owned firms up 15.8% to £6.7bn

The 22nd annual Suffolk Limited report, by Grant Thornton UK LLP, reveals how the county’s 100 leading privately-owned companies have thrived during a period of rising interest rates and broader inflationary pressures. The Suffolk Limited report – produced in conjunction...

Funding deal helps shoemaker put best foot forward

A seven-figure funding deal from Reward Finance Group is helping Norwich-based Start-Rite Shoes polish up its range. The funds facilitate the launch of a new ‘back to school’ product line, to catalyse business transformation and drive revenue growth. The company, which...

Starting a business in 2024 on a shoestring budget

The cost-of-living crisis has made it harder than ever for startups to get a foothold. Business expert Venture Smarter offers some tips on making your dream company work. Thinking about starting the new year with a new business? Well, with...

Networking leads to creative partnership

Cambridge-based digital marketing agency, Sookio, and Bedfordshire video production agency, Clearhead, have formed a strategic partnership to support their clients with digital content strategy and campaigns. The partnership will allow the firms to offer an enhanced service to their clients...

Psychological safety: the secret ingredient of high-performing teams

Business owners who build and lead high-performing teams are rewarded with greater productivity, higher customer satisfaction and improved staff engagement. So, what behaviours promote team performance, and how can they be encouraged? Martin Oakley, of The Alternative Board (TAB)...

City training expanded with skills courses

A range of short courses is now on offer at a new training centre in Norwich. Work-based learning provider JTL Group has partnered with sister company Develop Training, experts in compliance, technical and safety, to run the courses. The Norwich facility...

Made Smarter roll-out will ‘turbo charge’ digital transformation for SME manufacturers

The Government has committed to expanding pioneering adoption programme. Made Smarter, a programme helping SME manufacturers access technology and digital skills, is to be rolled out nationally. The Government has committed to expanding the Made Smarter Adoption Programme to all nine...

Mayors back new tech cluster partnership between Cambridge and Manchester

A progressive new partnership between the innovation clusters in Cambridge and Manchester aims to boost investment in both cities and across the UK. The link-up will draw on the strengths of both cities to help them accelerate the scale-up of...

Your business is invited to Unlock Space

The UK Space Agency has launched a new programme to help businesses unlock the benefits of satellite data and services. Global satellite services currently support activity that contributes £370 billion to the UK economy, around 17.7% of our GDP. As the...

Cambridge medtech company joins global group

Cambridge-based medtech device developers, Springboard, have been acquired by global healthcare packaging and medical device manufacturers, Sanner Group. Prism Corporate Broking helped facilitate  the sale of medtech device design and development consultancy, Springboard Pro Ltd, to leading global healthcare packaging...

Battery and solar is a winning combination for education

Adding battery power to a building’s solar array is helping a higher education centre cut its  carbon emissions and costs. The University and Professional Development Centre (UPDC) in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, which offers degree courses and adult education services,...

Are you interested in learning new skills, boosting profits and improving business performance, resilience and long-term growth?

Make plans now for 2024 and beyond. Kickstart your personal and business development by joining the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Help to Grow: Management course with Norwich Business School. Led by UEA academics, the course equips your business...

FCA warns finance firms over AI fraud

Financial services firms in the region must be extra-vigilant against the threat of AI causing disruption in “ways and at a scale not seen before”, says the UK’s top financial regulator. The Financial Conduct Authority warns they will take action...

Beyond Sales & Marketing – achieving sustained revenue growth for your business

Every business owner knows that robust and consistent revenue growth is key to ensuring a thriving enterprise. But how? Martin Oakley, of The Alternative Board (TAB) Cambridge, offers some key insights. Sustained growth is not easy to achieve in the...

Five ways to motivate remote workers (top tip: time-tracking software ISN’T the answer!)

Home working is now part of our jobs culture. In fact, 16% of UK employees reported solely working from home between September 2020 and January 2023. However, many misconceptions remain, including concerns that employees are less productive outside the office. However,...

Innovate to Elevate: funds offered for local business innovation

Four Babergh and Mid Suffolk businesses were the first to receive an innovation boost through a unique Innovate to Elevate accelerator programme led by the University of Essex in partnership with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils. Digital services agency...

Employers shouldn’t forget about professional development in a hybrid world

How do you help your team thrive in today’s virtual workspace? Stephanie Wallis, Head of Sales at Jarrold Training, investigates. The world has changed a lot since 2020. Annual sales of loungewear (otherwise known as jogging bottoms) have increased by 80%;...

Ask The Legal Expert

Q: What is Natural Capital? A: Natural Capital describes the earth’s stock of both renewable and non-renewable resources, such as minerals, soil, water, air, animals and plants, that have value or benefit to people from a social, environmental or financial...

Immigration expert appointed to tackle growing workload

Law firm Howes Percival has appointed specialist corporate immigration lawyer Bilal Ehsan as a Director, to help meet the growing demand from clients faced with significant recruitment pressures and an increasing need to look for talent outside the UK. Bilal,...

Landlords and inflation: what you need to know if you’re selling up

With rising interest rates and inflation driving the costs of owning a rental property ever higher, many landlords have been downsizing their property portfolio or exiting the market altogether. What do landlords need to think about before selling a...

AI isn’t just coming, it’s here – so what are the biggest concerns?

As AI takes the world by storm with its rapid progression, David Duffy, CEO and co-founder of the Corporate Governance Institute, discusses the top concerns for business. It’s estimated that nearly half of surveyed businesses already use ChatGPT to complete...

£7.3 billion in commercial property value at risk across region

A staggering £7.3 billion worth of commercial properties in East England are at risk of becoming unlettable, because of new energy legislation effective since 1st April 2023. The legislation requires an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least E...

Credit union reopens successful Bond Offer to help combat economic crisis

Great Western Credit Union (GWCU) has announced the reopening of their recent successful Bond Offer, with a maximum target of £2m, to provide ethical, fair and affordable finance to thousands of people in the region over the next decade. The...