Suffolk-based St Peter’s Brewery has signed a deal to supply beer to one of the country’s best-known pie-makers.

Ad Feature: Could a £40 test help you to save?

Friday, October 12, 2018

In this week’s column, Peter Sharkey looks at what impact a rising life expectancy has on your savings.


A £6.5m business hub has opened in Lowestoft, eight years after the site was destroyed by fire.

Ad Feature: Financial planning: how to avoid mistakes

Friday, October 5, 2018

Financial columnist Peter Sharkey says a building disaster in Bulgaria and HS2 are good metaphors for avoiding bad financial plans

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In 1978 a small company with one truck took a job to transport Bob Marley to Ibiza. Forty years on the iconic black and gold lettered trucks of Transam Trucking can now be seen at gigs and festivals across Europe.

Peter Aldous

Banks are closing across the region as customers are directed towards online banking and mobile apps. What does this mean for rural areas being left with no banks? MARC BETTS investigates.


This week our financial columnist looks at how pensions fare across the globe – and which country is the wealthiest when it comes to their state pension

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Suffolk brewer appoints new boss

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Suffolk brewery St Peter’s has appointed a new managing director.

Steve Magnall

In this week’s column, financial expert Peter Sharkey discusses how investors might be able to retain more of what is theirs.

The Week In Numbers with Peter Sharkey

Following an extended summer break, Peter Sharkey returns with his popular personal finance column – and some good news for millennials.


The Port of Lowestoft has dismissed claims by the county council that work on the Third Crossing will only have a “slight adverse” effect on business, and said that it could instead have a “significant negative impact”.

Suffolk County Council

A series of free workshops aims to give businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk the skills they need to survive and thrive in the online world.


Archant’s Digital Decoded workshops offer a no-nonsense guide to SEO and more. Jamie Brown explains what you’ll learn at the free sessions.


Anglian Water has revealed how it wants to spend £6.5bn to protect the region’s water supplies in the coming years. Business editor Mark Shields takes a look at five things we learned from the plan.

United Kingdom

A Lowestoft firm is helping the Norwich City Community Sports Foundation realise its dream of creating a hub in the city.


What began as an understandable parental warning has developed into a unique online platform scheduled to launch next month. Thanks in part to the Eastern Daily Press.

Eastern Daily Press

A sweet shop which has stood proudly in the heart of Beccles for more than a decade has been forced to close down after years of dwindling trade.

Businesses in a town which is due to lose its last bank later this year have hit back at suggestions the town is dying.

Beers and ales brewed in East Anglia will be filling up supermarket shelves in China, thanks to a deal between a Suffolk brewery and a Chinese importer.

Steve Magnall

The decision to close the last bank in Halesworth has been described as deplorable and a “dereliction of banking duty” by the town council and county councillor.

Halesworth Town Council

The future arrival of a discount supermarket in a market town has been welcomed by business owners and residents alike.

Waveney District Council

Another town has been left without a high street bank after Barclays announced they would be closing their branch in Halesworth.

Therese Coffey

Turkey giant Bernard Matthews says it is “back on track” after securing a major supermarket contract which has underpinned the creation of 400 new jobs.

United Kingdom

Shoppers will be going bananas over a sale at the Palmers Department Stores in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

A discount supermarket has once again received unanimous planning approval after overcoming objections from a nearby competitor.

Waveney District Council

An energy leader has praised two female students from the eastern region after they scooped the top accolade for their energy course.

East Coast College

Norfolk businesses have just three weeks to enter the Great British High Street Awards.

A loyalty scheme to promote the quality of Norfolk produce to the county’s shoppers is being launched today, on Norfolk Day.

Norfolk Day 2018

Jamie Brown of Archant’s Local Impact programme examines how you can make your business stand out from the crowd.


The small businesses of a bankless town were left struggling for cash with which to trade after the mobile bank branch they depend on failed to arrive.

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