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Stansted corridor growing 20% faster than the rest of the country

A meeting at Stansted Airport has been hearing how the corridor along the M11 from London to Cambridge could be the key to unlocking massive economic growth for the region.

Experts say, with the right support, it could attract enough high-tech firms to rival anything anywhere else in the world.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Public asked for views on plans for the future of Norwich Market

Norwich Market. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A formal consultation has begun on plans to rejuvenate Norwich Market.

It's part of the City Council's ten-year strategy to keep the market a vibrant place to shop.

The plans were put together after two months of discussions with stall holders and businesses last summer.

The idea is create more jobs and boost the city's economy.

"At each stage in this process we have really wanted the traders and the wider public to be involved and to give us their views.

Nearly 1,000 people responded to last year's survey, which was fantastic, and we separately consulted businesses, traders and other groups to make sure that as far as possible we reflected everyone's voice in the shaping of our strategy.

Now this formal consultation seeks to make sure that our strategy is right before it is formally adopted."

– Cllr Paul Kendrick

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson


Business experts to discuss how region can cash in on airport's success

Stansted recently announced BA would move some flights to the airport. Credit: PA.

Business experts from around the world will meet at Stansted Airport today to discuss how companies in the surrounding area can cash in on its growing popularity.

The corridor from London, past Stansted and onto Cambridge, is thought to be an important growth area for the region - with the potential to compete on a global scale.

How important is the region's manufacturing industry?

All this week we've been looking at the state of our region's manufacturing industry - from the traditional skills that are still managing to survive in today's world to the niche products that are doing well.

Dr Jag Shrai from the Institute for Manufacturing has been talking to us about the importance of manufacturing to our region.

Click below to hear from Dr Jag Srai

Stallholders on Cambridge market face rent hike

Cambridge market. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Market traders in Cambridge have urged councillors to re-think plans to raise rents for their pitches.

The city council insists it would bring prices into line with other markets and should only effect about a third of the 100 licence holders.

But stallholders are warning it could hit their trade and make every day more of a struggle.


Milestone in £150 million scheme to transform Chelmsford

It's hoped that a new multi-million pound redevelopment in Chelmsford will help the city compete with the shopping centres of London.

A ceremony today marked the final brick being laid at the new John Lewis store.

Once finished it will cover a floor area equivalent to four football pitches.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Important milestone for Chelmsford's new development

View of how the new development in Chelmsford will look Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work on a multi million pound new shopping centre in Chelmsford will reach an important milestone this morning. The last roof beam will be hoisted into place at the Bond Street development.

It's due to open this autumn with shops, a cinema multiplex, an underground carpark and restaurants.

Local school children will be there for the topping out ceremony today.

Artist impression of Chelmsford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton best place for business start ups according to report

Northampton town centre Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton has been named one of the best places in the country when it comes to starting a new business.

According to the latest report from 'Centre for Cities' it was second only to London last year.

Northampton also had the UK's second highest rate of employment at 78.6 per cent. Only Aldershot performed better at 83.4 per cent.

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