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Airport reduces carbon footprint

Stansted Airport has reduced its carbon footprint by two-thirds Credit: PA

Stansted Airport says it's reduced its carbon footprint by two-thirds over the past year, from just under 30,000 tonnes to just under 10,000.

The airport's just published its first corporate responsibility report since being taken over by the Manchester Airports Group.

Stansted also now diverts 93% of its waste away from landfill, while more than half of passengers using the airport get there on public transport.

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£1.3 million in Government funding for Northampton company

Northampton Credit: ITV News Anglia

£1.3 million from the Regional Growth Fund has been announced for a Northampton company to bring 150 jobs to the town.

Dalepak Limited, a packing, warehousing and distribution company, will receive the award as part of a £9.5 million expansion project for the region.

Baroness Kramer, the Minister of State for Transport, will tour the company to see how the money from the RGF is helping to boost jobs and growth in the area.

"The Government's Regional Growth Fund is helping create thousands of permanent jobs that stimulate private sector investment and rebalance the economy. The people of Northampton will benefit significantly. Companies like Dalepak Limited and the people that work there are helping us to build a stronger economy."

– Baroness Kramer, Minister of State for Transport

£1.3m funding to give Northampton a jobs boost

Dalepak is located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate in Northampton. Credit: Google Street View

The government has announced £1.3 million worth of funding to help an Northampton company bring 150 new jobs to the town.

Dalepak, which is a packing, warehousing and distribution company, will receive the cash as part of a £9.5million expansion project that is set to provide a boost to the East Midlands.

“The Government’s Regional Growth Fund is helping create thousands of permanent jobs that stimulate private sector investment and rebalance the economy.

“The people of Northampton will benefit significantly. Companies like Dalepak Limited and the people that work there are helping us to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for this generation and the next.”

– Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer

Students look at career opportunities in racing's capital, Newmarket

Unemployment may be dropping in the East of England according to the latest figures, by 14,000 in the last quarter to August.

And in some parts of the east there is optimism that thousands of new jobs are expected to be created in the next few years.

The town of Newmarket in Suffolk may not be the first place you'd look for a job if you didn't have a love of horses. But while the racing capital of the UK has a worldwide sporting reputation, it employs thousands and in a range of roles you may not have thought of.

ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake joined a group of students as they looked into the opportunities which exist. Click below to watch his report.

Passenger numbers pass the 19 million mark at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport. Credit: PA

The number of people using Stansted Airport has passed 19 million for the first time in four years.

It marks a big breakthrough for the airport which saw passengers numbers drop to just over 17 million during the recession.

It was also a bumper September for Stansted. It flew nearly two million passengers last month - up 14% compared to the same time last year.

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Suffolk power station out of action for 6 weeks

Sizewell B is out of action for 6 weeks Credit: Sizewell B

Sizewell B power station in Suffolk has been taken out of service while planned refuelling and maintenance work is carried out.

More than a thousand specialists have been brought in to join the current workforce at Leiston for the next six weeks.

The so-called "outages" take happen every 18 months and are planned in advance with the National grid to make sure there is no risk to the electricity supply.

One of the biggest projects will be to change the rotors on one of the turbines which converts steam into electricity to power 2 million homes.

Online retailer to create more jobs in the East

Online retailer Amazon has said it plans to expand its UK workforce by adding 1,000 full-time jobs, including in Hemel Hempstead and Peterborough, over the coming months.

The US-based firm said the jobs will be created across its eight UK customer fulfilment service centres at Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.

Amazon currently employs 6,000 UK staff.

Earlier this month Amazon became the latest firm to face a probe by the Eurpoean Commission to see if its tax affairs comply with state aid rules.

Campaign to save factory continues

The Heinz factory at Westwick Credit: ITV Anglia

Campaigner will be out on the streets again today fighting for support to save a Norfolk food factory.

A petition calling for Heinz to rethink plans to close its factory at Westwick near North Walsham has reached three hundred signatures.

The “Jobs Means Heinz” petition, which launched on Wednesday, calls for opponents to the proposed closure to voice their concerns about the loss of two hundred jobs.

Campaigners have been collecting signatures online and in North Walsham market place.

Campaigners have called for the company to extend a forty-five day consultation period in order to explore more options to prevent the closure.

The factory, which makes frozen potato products, is faced with closure as a contract with Aunt Bessie’s is nearing an end. Campaigners are worried that the decision could also affect local potato farmers.

The loss of the factory will be devastating for the families of the two hundred people they currently employ, especially so close to Christmas”.

– North Norfolk Labour candidate Denise Burke
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