There are signs that the recovery in our region's economy is gathering pace with turnover, salaries and job numbers all increasing.
Some of the top companies in our part of the region are reporting growth in excess of 10%.
Despite the good news there are still concerns that the apparent boom could stall again.
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The top 100 companies in Bedfordshire saw their annual turnover increase by £4 billion in the last year, according to a new report.
Businesses in the county contributed to an annual growth of more than 10%, and an increase in profits of £309 million.
"We have to continue to develop and we've done that over time - we've invested in both our people and our brands.
Just because it's tough our there, you can't just sort of rein everything in - you've got to look to continue to develop."
Unemployment in the East of England has fallen by 22,000 in the latest quarterly figures released by the Office of National Statistics.
The jobless total in the region was 136,000 in the three months to April or 4.4% of the workforce. Only London and the South East have a lower rate of unemployment.
In the East Midlands region, which includes Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire, there were 115,000 unemployed people in the same period.
Nationally unemployment fell by 43,000 between February and April to 1.81 million. The number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits last month fell by 6,500 to 791,800.
Average earnings increased by 2.7% in the year to April, 0.4% up on the previous month.
Business is booming in Norfolk, according to new research.
The latest 'Norfolk Limited' survey of the top 100 companies in the county found annual turnover increased by almost 11% to £5.7 billion last year.
The number of people in work also went up by almost 6% to more than 44,000.
- Annual turnover amongst the top 100 companies up by 10.7% to £5.7bn (UK GDP for 2014 rose by 2.6%). Operating profit increased by a significant 73.1% to £290m, with profit before tax rising by a colossal 91.5% to £228m.
- Total employment increased by 5.7% to 44,262 staff. The majority of new jobs were created by the Services sector, Norfolk Limited's largest employer (46.9% of the workforce), with employment up 9.2% to 20,748 people.
- The average salary of those employed by the top 100 companies increased by 2% to £21,465, compared to £22,892, for Norfolk as a whole.
- By sector - Manufacturing & Construction and Motor Retail & Motor Services reported the highest levels of turnover growth at 20.8% and 20% respectively. All nine sectors increased turnover.
"This year's results indicate Norfolk's largest businesses have performed extremely well, outstripping the growth rate of the UK economy as a whole by more than four times.
The significant increases in turnover and profit suggest companies are reaping the rewards of investments made in recent years."
Now we've all been looking for signs of recovery in the economy and there could be one early indicator of growth right here on the East coast.
Trade at the Port of Felixstowe is increasing, so much so that one ferry service is upping its crossings to the continent to meet demand.
The impact is being felt in the wider local economy too.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.
More than 13 hundred homes have been built in Peterborough in the last year, the biggest number since 1989.
The figures, published by the city council, also reveal 500 of those properties are affordable housing.
The area with the most new homes is Stanground - 394 have been built there in the last 12 months.
The operator DFDS Seaways has announced it will be running extra departures on the Rotterdam to Felixstowe freight shipping route.
From the 3rd July there will be three round trips made every Friday.
The changes have been made due to strong customer demand.
“The extra departures allow customers to speed up their turnaround and thereby better utilize their trailers. It’s our expectation that this will further make the service an indispensable link for our customers who amongst others trade time-sensitive goods like fresh foods and car components.”
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There are fears of a housing crisis in Cambridgeshire after government planning inspectors revealed that local councils have seriously underestimated the number of new homes needed in the county.
Forty three thousand are required over the next 15 years that's 10,000 more than are currently planned.
The inspectors go on to say more of them should be built on the edge of Cambridge to tackle a chronic shortage of affordable housing.
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