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Primrose Pork has won Gold in British sausage Week

4:29pm Thursday 27th October 2011

Primrose Pork has won two gold awards for its legendary sausages.

A bright i-Dea to make a million

Essex County Standard: Adrian Willis

10:00am Friday 14th October 2011

THE death of Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs and the news an Essex secondary school has bought an iPad2 for each of its 1,200 pupils has thrust technology firmly in the spotlight.

Bargain deal for Colchester town centre retailers

4:00pm Friday 23rd September 2011

Colchester town centre retailers are set to get a bargain of their own under new guidelines being drawn up by Colchester Council.

Mums keep their word and open salon near Colchester

Essex County Standard: Toast: Crystal Eaves, Elise Fitzpatrick and Erica Naysmith celebrate the launch of Amour Boutique in Eight Ash Green. (CO48261)

1:57pm Friday 23rd September 2011

Two mothers have joined forces to open their first salon in Eight Ash Green.

Colchester couple open allergy-free shop

12:28pm Friday 23rd September 2011

The parents of a child with a severe dairy allergy have opened up a new allergy-free food shop.

Cutting-edge broadband for Colchester could benefit rural areas

Essex County Standard: Welcome move: Johann Tasker (W7EC9)

12:25pm Friday 23rd September 2011

Campaigners have welcomed the announcement of cutting-edge broadband ser- vices for Colchester, which could also be extended to rural areas.

Challenging an inheritance or changing a will

6:05pm Sunday 10th July 2011

Birkett Long is inviting residents to a free and informal seminar which will explain in an easy-to-understand language what you need to know to challenge a will, claim an inheritance, make a will and powers of attorney.

local lift company is moving

4:13pm Monday 23rd May 2011

local company Direct Lifts, will be moving into larger premises from the 28 may 11, they are taking over unit 9 , at the langham business park,because of outgrowing there existing one after only seven months. they would also like to welcome mrs hazel hedgecock as their new quality manager and mr jeffrey dance as the new lift/service engineer.

County banking scheme axed

3:12pm Tuesday 22nd February 2011

THE Banking on Essex scheme will close by the end of the financial year.

New Coggeshall store plan unveiled

Essex County Standard: What’s in store – artist’s impression of the new Co-op

2:00pm Saturday 19th February 2011

An artist’s impression of a proposed new Co-op food store in Coggeshall has been released.

Stansted still set for sell-off

10:00am Saturday 19th February 2011

Stansted Airport looks set to still be sold, after operator BAA was refused permission to appeal.

Google at centre of web slur row

6:00pm Wednesday 16th February 2011

COLCHESTER businesses have hit out at internet giant Google for failing to remove incorrect and insulting reviews on its website.

One in six shops now empty in Colchester

Essex County Standard: Rock bottom – this empty shop is part of a grim trend, according to the figures

1:13pm Thursday 17th February 2011

COLCHESTER’S shops are closing at one of the fastest rates in the East of England, a survey claims.

"Worrying" rise in empty shops in Colchester

4:30pm Tuesday 15th February 2011

MORE than one in six Colchester shops are empty, a new survey has revealed.

Businesses rally to save towns’ Citizens' Advice Bureau

6:00pm Friday 11th February 2011

THE Citizens Advice Bureau will remain in Harwich and Manningtree thanks to businesses who stepped in to save the day.

Clothes shop is folding after 100 years

6:00pm Thursday 10th February 2011

A FAMILY-RUN clothes shop is closing down after more than 100 years in business.

Celebrity chef's show inspires new training hotel

9:00am Wednesday 9th February 2011

A NEW era is dawning for Colchester Institute’s hospitality and food studies centre.

We’ll boycott town, says fined coach boss

9:27am Monday 7th February 2011

A COACH company boss says he won’t be bringing any more customers on shopping trips to Colchester after being fined on a parking ticket technicality.

Future of Colchester hotel secured

8:57am Monday 7th February 2011

A HOTEL in Colchester has been saved after the firm which owns it was bought out.

Businesses voice support for A12 patrols

5:14pm Friday 4th February 2011

A business group has welcomed news that some dedicated police patrols will continue on the A12.

Buyout secures 180 jobs at toothpaste tube firm

4:00pm Sunday 30th January 2011

THE future of one of Colchester’s biggest employers has been secured after it was acquired by an international company.

Store wants to fight rivals by expanding

Essex County Standard: The S&K convenience store, in Colchester, has applied to Colchester Council for expansion

4:10pm Friday 28th January 2011

SUPERMARKET owners have applied to expand their Colchester shop to fight off competition.

Not long now till the’s how your firm can cash in

Essex County Standard: OLYMPICS: West Ham versus Spurs in 2012 stadium fight

8:00am Friday 21st January 2011

IT’S little more than a year until the greatest sporting event in the world arrives just a stone’s throw from the county, in Stratford, East London.

Truck stop owner sits it out after car advert ban

Essex County Standard: Dennis Brosnan holding a sign advertising his truck stop on the A120

9:00am Tuesday 18th January 2011

A TRUCK stop owner says his business is in jeopardy after he was told to remove an advertising board on a car on the A120 near Ardleigh.

Traders aim to boost business with leaflet

4:00pm Thursday 13th January 2011

PROACTIVE traders in Brightlingsea are hoping to face down economists predicting gloomy business in 2011.

Colchester stores in doubt as HMV announces 60 closures

3:57pm Wednesday 5th January 2011

CONCERNED business leaders are hoping Colchester’s stores are not included among the 60 HMV shops closing.

Back-to-basics plan for Mark’s new pub

Essex County Standard: Brighter future – the pub’s manager, Duncan Adkinson

10:00am Thursday 30th December 2010

A STRUGGLING Colchester pub which closed earlier this year has been bought by an entrepreneur who plans to “keep it traditional”.

Farms call for help over rural poverty

Essex County Standard: Struggle in the rural community – farmer Chris Butler

11:00am Friday 10th December 2010

FARMERS claim their traditional way of life is being eroded as smaller farms struggle to survive.

£2.4m Colbea centre for businesses to open in Colchester

11:40am Wednesday 8th December 2010

A BUSINESS unit aimed at nurturing the growth of multi-million pound companies of the future will be opening next month.

New Sainsbury's takes on 230 unemployed workers

Essex County Standard: Nigel Warren, Sainsbury’s boss John Priest and Jim Leask

5:50pm Thursday 18th November 2010

THE opening of a new supermarket in Colchester is to take more than 200 north Essex residents off benefits and into gainful employment.

Advice on skills and job prospects on offer in Colchester next week

6:00pm Wednesday 17th November 2010

A FREE event offering Colchester residents advice on skills and job prospects will take place next week.

Fifties-style cafe coming to station kiosks for Christmas

Essex County Standard: New use for an old bus station – Dominic Harding and Marc De’Ath launched the

2:00pm Tuesday 16th November 2010

A CAFE and antiques shop is set to open in two disused buildings.

Anger as cost of special parking deals is put up

Essex County Standard: Martin Hunt

5:00am Tuesday 16th November 2010

TRADERS in Colchester have hit out at changes to car park charges which will see the cost of vaunted special offers rise by 25 per cent.

Dole-busting scheme which changed our lives is latest cuts casualty

Essex County Standard: Life changing – Amy Hicks and Craig Wright

9:00pm Monday 15th November 2010

WITHOUT the Future Jobs Fund, Craig Wright admits he would still be in the dole queue.

Town centre boost as three shops open for Christmas

6:00am Thursday 11th November 2010

THREE new shops have opened in Colchester in time for Christmas.

Zoo girl starts up business at home

Essex County Standard: Gemma Kariuki works with primates at Colchester Zoo

8:00pm Tuesday 9th November 2010

DEPUTY head of primates at Colchester Zoo, Gemma Kariuki, also works with slightly less hairy creatures in her new role as a massage therapist.

Jobs boost as firm takes on old Vergo store

9:00am Tuesday 9th November 2010

A FAMILY-owned Colchester furniture business will create five jobs when it takes over a recently-closed store.

Stallholder Nigel lodges plan to stay at station

Essex County Standard: Nigel Clark in his makeshift stall

9:30pm Thursday 4th November 2010

THE plight of a coffee seller kicked off his stall at a railway station has been raised in the House of Commons.

Cabbie sets up new London link

9:30pm Thursday 4th November 2010

A TAXI driver is hoping to pinch trade from a rail company’s disgruntled customers by launching a minibus service for commuters.

Essex business partnership ridiculed by Colchester MP

9:00am Thursday 4th November 2010

IF Essex didn’t have anything in common with East does now. The counties have joined forces – along with Kent – to form a Local Enterprise Partnership.

Government cash helped keep my 'local' open

Essex County Standard: Grant funded – Derek Miller outside the pub

5:00pm Wednesday 3rd November 2010

A FORMER business studies lecturer who sank his pension into saving his village pub from closure has won £1,500 Government cash.

Essex Chambers of Commerce's new chief on the cuts

3:20pm Tuesday 2nd November 2010

THE first female head of the Essex Chambers of Commerce’s first public statement has been a comment on the Government's budget cuts.

Complaint about advertising leaflet is upheld

3:30pm Thursday 28th October 2010

AN estate agent based in Colchester has been told it must withdraw a “misleading” advert.

Worst effects to come from joblessness

12:22pm Tuesday 26th October 2010

UNEMPLOYMENT in Colchester could be the biggest knock-on effect of spending cuts, a Government expert has warned.

Villagers call for end to Rowhedge Co-op delivery congestion

11:50am Wednesday 20th October 2010

VILLAGERS have called on a grocery store to solve congestion problems they say are being caused by delivery lorries.

Thieves hit shop...just ten days after opening

Essex County Standard: Kate Johnson and Barry Gough at Kotori, in Portal Precinct, which has just opened and has already been broken into

3:00pm Tuesday 19th October 2010

A BUSINESSWOMAN has spoken of her heartbreak after her Colchester jewellery shop was raided by burglars, just days after opening.

Pies are Taylor made to fulfil Tony’s dream

Essex County Standard: Dave Wrench and Tony Taylor at Taylor’s Pie and Mash in Red Lion Walk, Colchester

4:00pm Saturday 16th October 2010

A CORDON Bleu chef in Colchester has swapped celebrity dinners for traditional pie and mash to fulfil his nan’s dream.

Low empty shops tally ‘is a sign of prosperity’

9:30pm Friday 15th October 2010

A COMPREHENSIVE survey of Colchester town centre suggests its businesses are faring better than most.

Employees urged to get fitter

10:50am Thursday 14th October 2010

EMPLOYERS have been meeting with health authorities to work out how to help their fat and unhealthy employees.

BAA 'must sell' Stansted Airport

3:17pm Wednesday 13th October 2010

Airport operator BAA must sell Stansted, an appeal court has ruled.

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