The Interview

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...

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...

New Fine Foods service enjoys sweet taste of success

Norfolk and Suffolk food and drink producers have banded together under a new brand - McCarthys Fine Foods. Founder Sam McCarthy tells East Anglia In Business how a simple grain of an idea has become a thriving recipe for...

Chancellor’s budget not enough to help hospitality industry through crisis, says leading brewer

Jeremy Hunt’s first budget will not bring any real support to the hospitality industry, says the boss of Norfolk’s largest brewery. Joe Parks, CEO of Woodforde’s, said the chancellor’s announcements will not come close to tackling the mounting pressures faced...

Business continuity: protecting your business from danger

‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. This famous quote perfectly sums up the importance of business continuity planning (BCP), says Jason Wakefield, of Todd Research Ltd. The commercial world is fuelled by competition and risk, creating an environment in...

The modern accountant needs entrepreneurial experience

Dominic Anthony, of Ashcroft LLP, talks to East Anglia in Business about accountancy’s evolving role. With the turbulent financial climate and the changing ways that businesses are structured, the role of the accountant is evolving. Over the recent years, corporate...

Let’s shatter the glass ceiling once and for all

It’s incredible to think that we’re discussing equal opportunities (or lack of) today. But a large imbalance in innovation still lingers between men and women. Award-winning scientist and company director, Dr Zoe Tolkien, talks to Karen Southern about her...

‘East Anglia is rich with opportunities’ – Peter Harrup talks about the region, opportunities and his role as head of BDO in East Anglia

Peter Harrup is a familiar face at BDO. It’s unsurprising, he’s been a tax partner at the firm since 2013 when he moved over to the company following its merger with PKF – a business he joined in 1994. However,...

Action on labour shortages is vital to protect East Anglia’s recovery prospects

Richard Tunnicliffe. CBI, East of England Director cbi.org.uk Time is running out to consolidate a sustainable and solid economic recovery in the region. The Government needs to act now to head off the rapidly growing skills crisis.  We’ve all seen them; the gaps...

Farming advances the health and wealth of the nation

The NFU has published a report, entitled Levelling up Rural Britain, which outlines a vision for maximising the contribution farming can make to job creation, exports and the green economy. Here, Gary Ford, the union’s regional director for East...

FAMILY OF SWANS PRIZE STRONG BONDS WITH CLIENTS

Over the past four years, Indigo Swan has doubled turnover and continued to add steadily to its impressive collection of awards. Recognised last year as the ‘Most Trusted UK Energy Consultancy (SME)’ at The Energy Live Consultancy Awards and as...

Looking to the future – 2020 Vision

What does business in East Anglia look like in 2020, HELEN COMPSON asked the recently-appointed head of the New Anglia Growth Hub. And, importantly, where does he believe the growth will come from? Richard Glinn is better placed than most...

SWIMMING AGAINST THE TIDE

There’s a Dutch saying that posits the theory swimming against the tide creates bigger champions, as Emile Stuy tells HELEN COMPSON. It’s a rough translation and doesn’t rhyme in English the way it does in Dutch, he says with a...

Forging a bright future

“Today is the great age of engineering and talent. East Anglia’s manufacturing and engineering sector has a bright future” observes Jamie Thums, Chairman of New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME) A “Top 100 Manufacturing Figure”, Chair of the New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and...

Talking shop

Quite a few of us have considered founding a business, but not all of us take the plunge. In this issue, business owner Mandy Errington, reveals the steps she took in founding her concern and how we can make...

Building a circular economy

Dr Khaled Soufani Director of the Circular Economy Centre (CEC), Cambridge Judge Business School Few days go by without references in the media to sustainable business and the circular economy, but what’s meant by these concepts, how do we implement them...

Working in customers’ interests

In this issue, Peter Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of Anglian Water, reveals how the company is tackling the challenges ahead, affirms their public interest commitment and pays tribute to his team. Peter has been Chief Executive Officer of Anglian Water...

Developing capable leaders – What business can learn from the army

Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen served as a regular soldier for 30 years having begun his career as a Private soldier in 1986. He has served on multiple operational tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a Chartered Engineer,...

London Stansted takes off into the future

Stansted’s pioneering spirit sets airport on a new course. If you were standing in the vicinity of London Stansted Airport on 5th June 1983 an unusual sight would have caught your eye, for the space shuttle Enterprise was touching down...

Why getting your hands dirty is imperative for growth

“To grow you need to do something new or different,” observes Stylianos ‘Stelios’ Kavadias. As Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies in Innovation and Growth at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and as Director of the Entrepreneurship...

Global Manufacturing in the East

Interview with Andrew Brammer, Managing Director of PSS Tell us about PSS? We’re a manufacturing and engineering company based in North Walsham, with customers around the world. Established in 1971, we’ve grown to become market leaders in the manufacturing and remanufacturing...

Harnessing customer feedback for business success

Customer feedback differentiates your business from your competitors, so in this issue, we speak to Guy Letts about why harnessing customer feedback will improve your customer relations and drive business success. Guy is well placed to advise us, as he’s...

Forging a successful future for farming

By NFU Regional Director Rachel Carrington There has never been a more important time to talk about food. That may not be a surprising statement coming from the National Farmers’ Union. It is a subject we’re keen to promote at any...