PUBLISHED: 13:41 02 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:41 02 January 2019 Richard Porritt John Lewis - which has a store in Norwich - is predicting strong sales in the week before Christmas. Photo : Steve Adams Copyright Archant Norfolk 2014 Department store John Lewis received a festive boost thanks to last-gasp gifts bought as late as Christmas Eve. The chain – which has a four-storey shop in All Saints Green, Norwich – saw nationwide sales climb by 4.3% during the week ending December 29.The increase was driven by an impressive 103% spike in gift food purchases.A spokesman for the retailer put the impressive figures down to last-minute shoppers adding that it experienced “very strong sales on Christmas Eve and a confident start to clearance sales both online and in shops”.MORE: Next expected to issue glum trading update with Christmas sales falling flatThe John Lewis gifts, cooking and dining section also enjoyed a very healthy week with … [Read more...] about Bumper Christmas for John Lewis
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Opinion PUBLISHED: 14:37 23 November 2018 Paul Geater The new-look Cornhill should give Ipswich town centre a huge boost Picture: RACHEL EDGE Archant Ipswich Cornhill has been reopened after its nine-month reconstruction – but where does this leave the centre of the town, and what future does retailing have in Suffolk’s county town? Paul Geater looks at the future of Ipswich as a regional centre. As a large county town, Ipswich has many of the same problems faced by cities and towns of a similar size across the country – it is not unique and many of the issues are commons with other places.However almost every large town and city in the country has some unique selling points, and so does Suffolk’s county town – the Waterfront and one of the finest urban parks in the country bookend the town centre.And the issues facing retailers, restaurants, and leisure operators in the town are no different to those anywhere else in … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for Ipswich town centre?
PUBLISHED: 18:02 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 20:07 13 November 2018 Megan Aldous Goldie Sayers , Team GB Javelin Thrower and one of Suffolk's 100 Inspiring Women speaking at the event Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations. From top left: Jenna Ackerley, Anne Beckett-Allen, Katie Bannister, Jane Basham, Dayle Bayliss, Shayra Begum, Nicola Beach, Adele Bellis and Professor Emma Bond Pictures: WENDY AIKEN PHOTOGRAPHY/EDF ENERGY/BARRY ELEY/PHILIP MYNOTT/SUFFOLK COUNTY COUCIL/UNIVERSITY OF SUFFOLKJenna Ackerley, Events Under Canvas: A Felixstowe girl originally, 38-year-old Jenna now lives in East Bergholt with her husband and … [Read more...] about Meet 100 of Suffolk’s most inspirational women