PUBLISHED: 05:30 15 August 2018 Jason Butler of NW Brown. Picture: NW Brown. Archant Centrica, owner of Britain’s biggest energy supplier British Gas, saw underlying profits dip in its recent half-year results. They fell by 4% to £782m in the six months to June 30 which disappointed investors as underlying earnings increased by 3%. Much of the fall in profits came from its consumer business that owns British Gas, with the biggest fall coming from the UK home division. The Beast from the East cold weather snap resulted in increased energy consumption in the first quarter of 2018, but with it came an additional £15m in call-out costs. The company also announced a 5.5% price rise in April this year due to rising wholesale gas and electricity prices. Despite an initial fall in the share price following the results, the share price has slowly risen this year, suggesting that investor sentiment may be improving. Centrica and its peers are also bracing themselves for the … [Read more...] about Jason Butler of NW Brown: Centrica results leave investors cold
Sarah Elms of BDO. Archant The way in which businesses operate has dramatically changed. The rise of technology and access to information has meant agile-minded entrepreneurs can grow cutting-edge businesses overnight. It took the telephone 75 years to notch up 50 million users. Facebook did it in three-and-a-half years, and the Angry Birds mobile app did it in just 35 days. The use of technology and a better connected society, generally, has meant businesses can become global overnight.These opportunities continue to increase, despite ever more complex political and socioeconomic climates. With Brexit, the country is moving into uncharted territory. The direction of travel posed by the exit from the European Union has already raised concerns in the business community.But, despite this uncertainty, there are still countless opportunities available, and many emerging businesses are taking advantage of them with “record numbers reporting rises in revenues and customer … [Read more...] about Sarah Elms of BDO: The five habits of highly effective companies
Former North Norfolk MP Bert Hazell visits Bacton gas terminal after it began operations in 1968. Picture: Archant. Archant Global energy giant Shell has underlined its commitment to Norfolk, saying that the coastline remains “absolutely at the heart” of its North Sea plans. Shell�s UK country chairman, Sinead Lynch, said Bacton gas terminal would continue to play an important role for the company as it marked 50 years of operations in the UK. Picture: Shell UKAs the group marks 50 years of drilling for oil and gas off the East Anglian coast it reaffirmed its allegiance to Bacton gas terminal, which itself celebrated its 50th anniversary last month.Shell’s energy production in the southern North Sea began with the Leman field, 43 miles north-east of Lowestoft, in 1968.Its operations now include the Bacton terminal, where it employs around 150 people, and the Clipper installation, 46 miles north-east of Bacton.The group has four strategic hubs in the UK, … [Read more...] about ‘At the heart’ – Shell UK boss says Bacton gas terminal will be pivotal in future plans
PUBLISHED: 05:00 15 August 2018 Lynne Mortimer For some, joy, for others, bitter disappointment. Picture: Chris Ryan/Getty Images This content is subject to copyright. Exam glory or disappointment? As students receive their A-level and GSCE grades, here’s a bit of perspective. Simon Cowell did not score huge academic success but made his way to the top of showbiz by working his way up. Picture: Joe Giddens/PAIt can be stressful waiting for A level or GCSE results. Students are encouraged to plan what happens next but the success or otherwise of these plans can depend on the grades they achieve. They may need As at A level to get the university place they have set their hearts on or perhaps five or six A-C grades at GCSE to carry on to A levels.For A levels, crunch day is tomorrow, August 16, with GCSE results out next week, on Thursday, August 23.I will come clean straight away. I didn’t do as well as I should have done. I got eight out of … [Read more...] about The wait for exam results is nearly over
PUBLISHED: 22:55 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 22:57 14 August 2018 Daniel Farke was happy to get the job done Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Paul Chesterton Daniel Farke was a relieved man after Norwich City’s late show sunk Stevenage 3-1 on Tuesday in the League Cup - but the head coach admitted it might be blessing in disguise. Farke made 10 changes to his starting line up, and the Canaries were pushed hard before romping home in the final quarter at Carrow Road.The City chief cut a frustrated figure at times before Marco Stiepermann, Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki fired his squad into round two.“There were some ups and downs and we will speak about the things that were not world class,” said Farke. “That is what you expect when you have 10 changes. You will not be immediately in the rhythm. We had some guys making debuts and they were a bit nervous. “The first half was difficult. We were not able to create many chances but I was … [Read more...] about Norwich City chief Daniel Farke relished Stevenage League Cup tussle
PUBLISHED: 21:46 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 21:51 14 August 2018 Marco Stiepermann headed Norwich in front Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton Norwich City were pushed all the way before a late flurry earned a 3-1 League Cup first round win over spirited Stevenage on Tuesday at Carrow Road. Christoph Zimmermann and Teemu Pukki scored in the final seven minutes with penalties on the horizon after James Ball had cancelled out Marco Stiepermann’s header prior to the interval.It may be early days second time around but those given a chance to make a compelling case for inclusion at Sheffield United this weekend failed to grasp their opportunity.Moritz Leitner was the only survivor from the starting line up that fell the wrong side of a bizarre seven-goal contest against West Brom.There was plenty of youth in the shape of Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell. A dash of stardust from the inclusion of Borussia Dortmund loanee Felix Passlack and an invitation … [Read more...] about Norwich City 3 Stevenage 1: Canaries leave it late to seal hard-fought League Cup win
Live PUBLISHED: 16:27 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 14 August 2018 Norwich City begin their Carabao Cup campaign for the 2018-19 season with a first-round visit from League Two Stevenage. Archant Follow all the build-up, live score, action and reaction as we bring you full coverage of Norwich City’s Carabao Cup bow for the 2018-19 season as League Two Stevenage visit for their first-round tie, in our Matchday Live blog from Carrow Road. If viewing our live debate on a phone or tablet please make sure your browser and operating system are updated to the latest versions Our City correspondents Paddy Davitt, Michael Bailey and David Freezer are following the Canaries from the matchday build-up to full-time fallout all season long.They bring you all the action and talking points before, during and after Tuesday’s opening League Cup task – as City take on Dino Maamria’s Boro (7.45pm).• Follow live updates from the match and the rest of the day as … [Read more...] about MATCHDAY LIVE: Norwich City v Stevenage – It’s Carabao Cup time for Canaries
Opinion PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 14 August 2018 Remi Matthews has joined Bolton on loan with a view to a permanent deal. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton A few years back a call came into the office from a reader who said he had just seen the Norwich City goalkeeper of the future. Robert Green - one off the production line that did make it through at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesThe lad in question was Joe Lewis and, at the time, he would have been in his mid-teens.Lots of observers of youth team football shared our caller’s opinion and, as the years went by, we saw Lewis develop into a natural successor, at the time, to Robert Green.Sadly for Lewis, that is as good as it got: he never played a first team game for City and in 2008 was sold to Peterborough for £400,000. Lewis is now at Aberdeen and on Saturday kept a clean sheet after a 1-0 win at Dundee.Lewis isn’t the only keeper whose high … [Read more...] about Why do Norwich City academy goalkeepers struggle to make the final step?
Opinion PUBLISHED: 12:06 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 14 August 2018 Paul Burall A sketch of what the development at the Barn Road car park could look like. Pic: Alumno Group. Alumno Group Cities are continually evolving and, of course, Norwich is no exception. Currently, one of the most significant changes is the growth of student accommodation in the city centre. St Crispins House. Picture: Mike PageSome of the new accommodation has been relatively uncontroversial, such as the coming conversion of St Crispins House in Duke Street – formerly the offices of HMSO – to accommodate more than 600 Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) students and the new Winnalls Yard development adjacent to the bus station that won a Norwich Society Design Award last year.Other proposals have raised considerable opposition, including one to house 152 students in a nine storey development on Premier Travel Inn’s car park on Duke Street and another … [Read more...] about Why we should welcome more students to Norwich city centre
Staff at Vanilla Electronics. The company is among those being showcased at the Journey to Productivity conference taking place at the University of East Anglia. Picture: Dave Guttridge Dave Guttridge The Photographic Plans are under way to make East Anglia a centre for productivity best practice in business. Productivity in the UK economy has flatlined since the financial crash of 2007/08 and has been making headlines this year as business leaders around the country scratch their heads in search of a solution.Data from the Office for National Statistics suggests areas outside London and the South East are disadvantaged in the pursuit of productivity growth due to a lack of collaboration and business clusters to attract investment.But an institute in Norfolk hopes to put the region ahead of the pack with the UK’s first Productivity Centre.It is set to be established at Hethel Engineering Centre, with the hope of catching a bow wave of inspiration for productivity improvement … [Read more...] about Could East Anglia lead the way in the race for productivity improvement?