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LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 25/04/2019

Written by on 26 April, 2019

CO-OP GROUP SEES BOOST IN TRADING PROFIT

A big increase in trading profit has been achieved by the East of England Co-op in its 150th year.

Profits rose by a third to £56 million, which the company says was a “tremendous result”, as it continues to invest in new technology.  An increase in sales of over two per cent has been put down to the long cold snap in the winter and the hot summer last year, as customers stocked up on supplies.

LAUNCH FOR THE NEXT TOURISM AWARDS IN NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK

The Norfolk and Suffolk tourism awards for 2020 have been launched at a special industry event.

Mention was made of the progress made by tourism in the two counties.  The growing sector now supports over 100,000 jobs and is worth billions of pounds.

Two local businesses were short-listed, but missed out on a top prize in the 2019 awards announced at the event.  The Oaksmere at Brome finished in the top four of the Independent Hotel category and Banham Zoo was a runner-up in the Best Marketing section.

RARE BOOKS ABOUT NORFOLK TO GO ON SALE

Rare books about Norfolk are to go on sale by auction in Diss shortly.

The books comprise 11 volumes of the lifework of Francis Blomefield about the history of the county.  They date from between 1805 and 1810 and include folding maps and engraved illustrations

The books, valued at more than £500, are being sold by local historian Dennis Cross at Gaze’s salesrooms on May 11th.

ROAD TO CLOSE FOR BRIDGE WORKS

Bridge repairs will close a South Norfolk road on Friday.  The repairs are being carried out on the Old Hall railway bridge on Fen Road near Hargate.

Pedestrians and school buses will still be allowed access through the site, with a diversion for other traffic.

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