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Tourist attractions get ready for early Easter

Now this weekend is of course a bumper bank holiday and that means thousands of us will be heading out for day trips and short breaks.

But Easter this year is early and that has brought a few complications for some businesses in our tourism industry as they rush to get ready for the start of the season.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Emily Knight.


'Eastern Powerhouse' devolution deal expected on budget day

Chancellor George Osborne outside Downing Street. Credit: Press Association.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce a devolution deal for a so-called Eastern Powerhouse today as he delivers his budget.

It will mean more powers for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and the chance to make important decisions in areas like road, rail and digital infrastructure.

But the deal has met opposition. Cambridge councillors have previously said they do not believe a combined deal for the three counties was in the best interests of Cambridgeshire tax payers.

Catch-up: ITV News Anglia's special programme on Stansted airport

ITV News Anglia marked 25 years of Stansted's iconic terminal with a special programme live from the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

After the Queen declared the Norman Foster terminal building at Stansted open on 15th March 1991 just over a million people a year were using the Essex airport.

In the years which followed a lot has changed. Stansted is now a major hub for low cost airlines and annual passenger numbers have risen to more than 23 million. The terminal has been extended twice.

To mark the 25-year anniversary, ITV News Anglia produced a special programme live from the busy terminal presented by Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago


East Anglian chocolate businessmen set to make millions from sell-off

Hotel Chocolat is set to float on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Credit: ITV News Anglia

Its name hinted at origins in a Parisian back street but Hotel Chocolat actually began life in Royston in Hertfordshire and has become an international success with shops in many of our towns and cities.

The company now boasts revenues of £81 million a year and when it is floated on the stock market its founders stand to make a fortune.

Huntingdon-based company Hotel Chocolat will be floated on the stock market raising capital to fund expansion of the business.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Hotel Chocolat founders in line to bag £20 million each

Hotel Chocolat was founded in 1993. Credit: Hotel Chocolat

The founders of Cambridgeshire's Hotel Chocolat are expected to make £20 million each when they float the company later this year.

The luxury chocolate maker, which has 84 shops and cafes across the UK, has its manufacturing plant in Huntingdon.

It's thought to be valued at £150 million.

Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris founded the business in 1993.

They believe the move will help fuel plans to roll out more stores, bolster manufacturing capacity at its Huntingdon-based plant and overhaul its website.

We are very excited at the prospect of listing as it is the next logical step in our growth plans and will enable us to accelerate the many initiatives that we have in place, in particular additional investment in our British chocolate manufacturing, in new stores and in our digital offering.

– Angus Thirlwell, Hotel Chocolat co-founder
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