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Leadership & Life Chat – Chaos, in theory?

In this episode we talk all things chaos theory. No, not the ‘interdisciplinary area of scientific study and branch of mathematics focused on underlying patterns and deterministic laws of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions’ (thanks...

Leadership & Life Chat – Should leaders be rigorous or ruthless? Examining the work of Jim Collins

We are back for series 7! Loyal listeners will know that Mark and Becky are huge fans of Jim Collins, so they decided it was time to dive deep into his work, and look at the seven key questions...

Global marketing award for Norfolk consultancy

By Judi-Mae Alderton, Founder & Owner, Mae Day Marketing Marketing professional Judi-mae Alderton, owner of Mae Day Marketing, is celebrating an astounding global win at the Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards. Mae Day Marketing was named Business Marketing Consultancy of the Year...

Norwich startup is one of the UK’s ‘most innovative new businesses’

Sustainability champions Canopey have been listed in the top 50 of the prestigious Startups.co.uk 100 Index, which has previously identified brands including Monzo, Deliveroo and HelloFresh. The UK’s longest running index of disruptive new startups has released its 2024 lineup...

Racecourse reveals swish new look

Newmarket Racecourse has unveiled a multi-million-pound redevelopment of facilities. July Course, at the iconic racing venue, has been upgraded as part of an ongoing industry-wide project to modernise facilities for spectators and all jockeys. An impressive new Champagne Bar and viewing...

Turnover rises 19% for Cambridge law firm

Law firm Howes Percival’s turnover increased 19% in 2023, according to its latest annual results. The result follows a period of sustained growth, with turnover now up 33% over the last three years. The firm, based on Hills Road in Cambridge,...

UK climate tech leader expands into Middle East with UAE growth hub

UK climate tech leader Levidian has unveiled its first international expansion with the establishment of a new base in Abu Dhabi. The announcement comes at a pivotal time, with the UAE a fast-growing hub supporting innovative companies with proven solutions...

Management buy-in at SLM Group

Board of Directors become shareholders of St Leonards Motors Holdings Limited. Four directors at SLM Group have successfully completed a management buy-in. In a major move, Mark Phillips, Gus Wakeford, Jason Barlow and Will Woods have pledged to remain dedicated to...

Lunch club donates £20,000 to help Suffolk youngsters

Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club has handed over £20,000 to SportsAid Eastern to help up-and-coming young sportsmen and women in the county achieve their sporting dreams. The Ipswich Sporting Lunch Club is supported by eight local businesses - StrategiQ Marketing Ltd,...

Family car dealerships expand through acquisition & investment

Holden Group has grown its business to seven locations across East Anglia with the acquisition of Cecil & Larter in Bury St Edmunds. At the same time, the independent family business has announced plans for a new multi-million-pound, state-of-the-art facility for...

Anglia Ruskin named University of the Year 2023

ARU wins top prize at Times Higher Awards, the ‘Oscars of the university sector’. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been named the Times Higher Education University of the Year 2023, the biggest prize in UK Higher Education. The Times Higher Education...

UK firm plans state-of-the-art precision medicine centre in California

Working with local partners, BIOS Health, of Cambridge, will create a cutting-edge research and clinical trials center for neural digital therapies. The centre will be built around BIOS’s real-time insights into the nervous system, which provides crucial data previously inaccessible...

DeepMirror aims to ‘fast-track’ drug discovery with new AI app

University of Cambridge spin-out DeepMirror have launched an Early Access Programme using AI-driven research to help aid new drug discovery. Their intuitive design software was successfully tested by chemists over several months, and enables users to tap into AI-driven insights to aid...

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...

Waterbeach company ranked as a ‘Great Place To Work’

It’s official! Electron beam and laser welding specialists Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE) are certified as a Great Place To Work. For more than 60 years, CVE have supplied welding solutions to some of the biggest names in aerospace, automotive, defence,...

Cambridge chipmaker giant secures £182m investment for ambitious growth plans

The biggest ever European semiconductor venture funding round will support further expansion of manufacturing in the UK, creating hundreds of jobs. The investment means Pragmatic Semiconductor – which manufactures flexible integrated circuits – can accelerate expansion to meet growing global...

Building Cyber Resilience to Cyber Crime

UK businesses recorded record losses as a result of cyber attacks in 2023 with the trends expected to continue in 2024. Join expert speakers from Intqual-pro and NFU Mutual Bedford to understand how businesses are being exploited and simple...

Leadership & Life Chat – IQ v EQ – why it’s not all about technical skills

This week, Mark and Becky reflect on a topic which keeps coming up with their guests – the importance of emotional intelligence. They look back on their AI episodes and how the human in the loop theory will become...

Part sale of freight company saves 25 jobs as firm goes into administration

A deal has been agreed after administrators for the Magnus Group secured a local buyer for its warehousing and forwarding operation, saving 25 jobs. Ipswich-based logistics firm Hemisphere Freight Services agreed the sale today following Magnus's decision to file a...

Leadership & Life Chat – Predictive is the new proactive

The world of business is changing again and, where once we were encouraged to be proactive in our businesses, now, thanks to the advancement in AI, we might have to start being predictive – but how easy is this...

Leadership & Life Chat – Selling up is hard to do. What comes next? With business strategist, Dawn Bloomer

Studies suggest that selling your business or retiring early do not necessarily make someone happier. Dawn Bloomer, a former veterinarian turned strategic advisor, knows this all too well. Dawn guides us through her journey after selling her successful practice and...

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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...

Leadership & Life Chat – How to cultivate creativity at work

We’re back for series SIX, and what better way to start than letting Mark do what he does best – philosophise about himself! He muses around what ‘being a creative person’ really means, and how we can embrace creativity...

Larking Gowen reports record activity in corporate transactions in East Anglia

Chartered accountants and business advisers, Larking Gowen, has reported record figures this year for advising clients on the buying and selling of businesses in East Anglia. James Lay, a Corporate Transactions and Business Advisory Partner, said: "The market for buying,...

2023 Autumn Farming Conference addresses key issues facing farmers in the East of England

Delegates from all sectors of the farming, food and supply industries attended the 2023 Larking Gowen Autumn Farming Conference at Wherstead Park, in Suffolk, on 10 October, a day when temperature peaked at an unseasonal 25°C. Organised by major regional...

ARU recognised as social mobility champion

A university initiative to improve social mobility in the area has attracted national praise. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is shortlisted for the University of the Year prize at the prestigious UK Social Mobility Awards, in recognition of its role in...

New Head of Vibes pulls in 10m online views

When building a team, is it safer to take a risk on an existing employee or advertise externally? Suffolk-based coffee company, Paddy & Scott’s, took a chance on promoting one of its valued team members, Chloe Harvey, and the result...

Burley signs up for club president

Former Ipswich Town FC player and manager George Burley has been appointed club president at Ipswich Sports Club. With his close links to the area spanning back over 50 years, the club says George’s “deep connection to Suffolk and his...

Launch sponsor for Broads Discovery Hubs

Richardsons Leisure Limited is the launch partner and lead sponsor of new visitor hubs for the Broads Charitable Trust, which are currently being built across the Broads National Park. The top tourism and leisure business - which has operated in...

Our commitment to purpose beyond profit

Zoë Scorer, Deputy Managing Director at Conscious Communications, explains how and why the Cambridge-based PR agency achieved B Corp status. This much sought-after accreditation is only awarded to companies which can prove their business is a force for good. In...