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Bear market thrives in Yarmouth

Hughes-Electrical bearsThe £1 million regeneration of the site of the former derelict Two Bears Hotel in Great Yarmouth has reached a major milestone.

Price war hits small Cambridge retailers

Begbies Traynor partner Mary Currie-SmithSmall Cambridge retailers are reeling under a discount onslaught from stores Aldi and Lidl.

Local retailers caught in crossfire of supermarkets price war

Mary-Currie-Smith-2014Cambridgeshire food and drug retailers are suffering in a bitter and ongoing supermarkets price war as German giants put the squeeze on their UK competitors.

Unfinished chapter in Waterstones shop search

waterstones-Shoe-ZoneFollowing the news that Waterstones is to move its present operation in St Neots from Barratts Department Store, Barford + Co, the local firm of Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants has been liaising with the company to identify suitable retail premises in the town.

Cambridge hosts ‘downtown to boomtown’ decider

Cambridge-BID-teamCambridge will host the final of a competition for young UK entrepreneurs showcasing ideas to turn shabby High Streets into thriving retail hubs.

Aurasma technology in new Argos catalogue

Aurasma-ArgosArgos is incorporating augmented reality technology from Cambridge pioneer Aurasma into its publications and customer apps on the largest scale ever by a UK retailer.

Greene King to open pub at Euston station

Euston-Greene-KingGreene King is launching its first station pub as part of the Euston Station Balcony Development scheme in London. The contract was awarded to Greene King by Network Rail Property and will run for nine years.

Ride the White Swan as Stow-cum-Quy pub is available

White-Swan-at-Stow-cum-QuyThe leasehold of a traditional pub and restaurant with residential accommodation in the village of Stow-cum-Quy - between Cambridge and Newmarket – is available through agent Carter Jonas.

Bedford retail park gets new traders

St John’s Retail ParkTwo new major retailers have started trading on St John’s Retail Park in Bedford which has also benefited from a major facelift as part of a £2 million revamp by owner the Howard Group. Newcomers to the park are Hobbycraft and Wren Living.

Quite Great solution for Cambridge chocolatiers

Chocolat-ChocolatChocolat Chocolat, the Cambridge independent chocolate retailer, has appointed Quite Great as its new media and brand agency.

New UK dealer for Italian motorcycle manufacturer

Krazy-Horse-2014Suffolk-based custom motorbike specialist Krazy Horse has become a new UK dealer for Italian manufacturer, Paton.

Dividend windfall for Co-op members

Co-op-AGMMore than 170,000 members of the East of England Co-operative will share a £3.5 million dividend payment in June.

Premium retailers to make a Marque in Cambridge

Cambridge’s ‘tallest residence’ – The MarqueFollowing the eagerly-anticipated completion of Cambridge’s ‘tallest residence’ – The Marque – commercial occupiers are being encouraged to capitalise on the prestigious retail space that occupies the ground floor of the luxury 92-apartment scheme.

Dream Doors to open in Ely

Dream Doors’ Vanilla Newport kitchen rangeKitchen makeover specialist, Dream Doors is opening a showroom in Cambridgeshire in early spring thanks to swift negotiations conducted by agent Carter Jonas.

Record sales for Greene King

Greene King CEO, Rooney AnandA record number of people ate out at Greene King pubs on Christmas Day.

Online shoppers boost Christmas spend

Andy Wright, network retail regional director at Barclays Eastern RegionChristmas spending in the East of England was 2.5 per cent ahead of the same period last year as online shoppers gave retailers a timely boost.

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