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This Christmas scores of children will be waking up to find out that Santa hasn’t forgotten them, thanks to two very generous local businessmen.Today (3 November) Jeremy Payne of J Payne Services and Michael Downes of Carbrooke Cars and Commercials delivered over £2,000 worth of brand-new children’s toys, games and wrapping paper to South Norfolk Council’s Help Hub.The presents will be wrapped up and distributed to families in need within the district, to help ensure every child receives a gift on Christmas Day.
Friday, 23 October 2020 00:00

King’s Arms crowned as Business of the Year

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Top performing businesses took to the virtual stage on Friday at the Spirit of Enterprise Awards, the most prestigious annual celebration of business excellence in the Great Yarmouth borough. Organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the popular awards aim to recognise and raise the profile of the area’s top-performing businesses, while boosting investor confidence in the strength of the local economy. While it was not possible this year to hold the usual gala dinner at the Town Hall, the finalists enjoyed an interactive online awards ceremony to find out the winners in each category, who were invited to make a live acceptance speech via the online platform. The ceremony, hosted by award-winning presenter Lee Derbyshire, saw the King’s Arms in Fleggburgh crowned as 2020 Business of the Year. They were …
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 00:00

Wymondham Pool to reopen its doors

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South Norfolk Council are reopening the swimming pools at Wymondham Leisure Centres on Saturday 22 August.New safety measures are in place, so customers can confidently and safely enjoy the facilities. Customers will be asked to pre-book their swimming sessions online and arrive at the Centre ready to swim.The Centre initially reopened at the end of July and has welcomed a steady flow of customers ever since. While it was closed, the Council also expanded the car park and undertook work to the pool filters.South Norfolk Cabinet Member Councillor Alison Thomas said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming back our customers to our swimming pools. As with our gyms, there are new procedures in place so our customers can be active, with confidence."
Friday, 07 August 2020 00:00

Work starts on new skate park at Cobholm

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Construction of an exciting new stake park at Cobholm is pushing ahead this week – the outcome of close working over several years between Great Yarmouth Borough Council, local young people and the skating community. The new skate park, next to the multi-use games area off Mill Road, will replace a popular but outdated wooden one in the same location, providing a modern, exciting and upgraded facility to support involvement in physical activity. It will be made of reinforced concrete, incorporating ramps and grind rails set into a polished surface. The funding, which comes from the council and housing developer contributions, was agreed following a request to councillors by young people from youth charity MAP and the local skating community, with support provided by the council’s Neighbourhoods and Communities Team.
Friday, 29 May 2020 00:00

Norwich Market set to re-open

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Norwich welcomed the news this week that the city’s market would re-open from 1 June. This came as the government announced that from the start of next week, some outdoor retailers could open again, providing they met strict social distancing guidelines. With 91 businesses, operating across 191 stalls, this news will have been viewed as a lifeline by the many people who depend on the trade they do on Norwich Market. Not to mention the scores of customers who have come to rely on the market in their day-to-day life, for the huge variety and quality of products and services it offers. Councillor Matthew Packer, cabinet member with responsibility for Norwich Market said:“When the announcement came that the market had to shut temporarily, it was devastating for so many. The…
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One of the youngest brewery owners in the UK who has already won awards for his beer has seen sales of his real ale hit an all time high during the current crisis. Mike Green aged 21 who runs the Seething based Tindall Brewery has been working flat out to keep up with the demand for bottles of ale during lockdown. Once produced his award winning ales are being sold in a takeaway format, and on a non contact basis. He said that ‘the brewery has been thriving, and sales of bottled beer are up tremendously’. He has also been selling fresh draught beer to people who bring their own containers for £3.40 a litre, and casks of beer for people to set up at home. Mike added that he…
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Bertram Books in Norwich has donated two large boxes of books to South Norfolk and Broadland Council to distribute to local children. The books will be delivered alongside food packages to families in need through the Councils’ Help Hub.The Councils’ Managing Director Trevor Holden said: “We are very grateful for this generous donation, which will bring so much joy to local children. Despite all the challenges faced by local businesses at the moment, it’s heart-warming to see that they remain so supportive of the struggling families within our communities.”Bertram Books also donated a Jolly Phonics Classroom Kit, which includes books, puppets, a wall frieze, CDs, posters and much more. The kit has been gratefully received by St. William’s Primary School in Thorpe St Andrew.
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A hairdresser and nail salon in Sprowston has successfully applied for a business grant from Broadland District Council to help get through the impact of the current Covid-19 crisis.Julie Johnson, who runs Hazell’s Hair and Nail salon in Sprowston had to close her business when lockdown measures were introduced in March. She was left without any customers, ongoing running costs and a bank loan which she had taken out to convert her garage into the salon.She contacted Broadland District Council’s Business Support Team and was advised to apply for a grant so she could pay her bills and be sure the business would survive the downturn. The Council is able to distribute grants to eligible businesses from funding provided by the Government. 
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Don’t be afraid to ask for help – that’s the message from Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils to local people feeling vulnerable and in need of support during the COVID 19 lockdown.Both Councils run a joint Help Hub which provides a range of services from advice to practical help like collecting medicines and delivering food to people who are self-isolating or unable to go to the shops. The support is free and is available to people of all ages who are local residents.The Help Hub’s phone lines are staffed seven days a week to make sure no call goes unanswered. The team of staff and volunteers help with advice on money worries including potential hardship payments, information on support on dealing with domestic abuse or tension in the home…
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A South Norfolk manufacturing company which switched production to PPE face shields to support the NHS and frontline workers is now making them available for a wide range of sectors where staff will interact with the public post-lockdown including retail workers, schools and businesses.The team at Panel Graphic converted their production facilities after the Government called on manufacturers for help in providing face shields and protective clothing for NHS workers. In less than a week the Loddon based business was making 10,000 face shields per day which were distributed to hospitals across Norfolk and Suffolk and the East Anglia Ambulance Service.The company produces specialist plastics for Bentley Motors and McLaren Automotive, industrial technology equipment, marine aviation and electronic displays. The managing director Steve Earl initially contacted South Norfolk’s Business Support…
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