Oscar Smith is working on a farm in Norfolk ahead of a part-time five-year degree course at Easton and Otley College.

Farmers urged to employ more apprentices

Farmers across the region are being urged to employ more apprentices to make sure agriculture remains a key industry in the local economy.

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Unemployment in the East drops again

Unemployment in the East of England fell by 13,000 in the three months to June - as more people decide to become self-employed.

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C2C awarded 15-year rail franchise

Passengers have been promised improved services with the awarding of a 15-year rail franchise.

The Essex Thameside franchise has gone to present incumbent c2c, which is a National Express company.

As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £160 million.

“We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground-breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay at the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service. Today’s announcement is good news for passengers, taxpayers and shareholders alike.”

– Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive

Essex Thameside Rail franchise to stay with c2c

c2c operates through Southend-on-Sea and Shoeburyness Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Essex Thamside rail franchise is to stay with its current operator c2c, which is a National Express company.

As part of the deal, c2c has committed to rolling out a host of passenger benefits costing around £60 million.

Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive, said. "I am delighted we will continue to serve the people of East London and South Essex for another 15 years. We have listened to our customers and we local stakeholders and we have challenged ourselves to be at the forefront of innovation.

We believe our ambitious plans will transform the franchise again. We will introduce more services, new trains and a ground breaking Personal Performance Promise. Our ambition is for c2c to stay ay the forefront of reliability and punctuality but also set new standards for customer service."

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Who will finance the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk?

Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk.

EDF Energy has refused to be drawn on who will finance the new Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, which could be modelled on the new Hinkley Point site in Somerset.

It comes after reports that Chinese companies could be keen to invest after letters of intent were signed on funding for Hinkley Point.

A second public consultation on Sizewell C is expected in the autumn. EDF has worked with Chinese partners on projects for 30 years.

Cambridge Folk Festival brings in more than £1.5 million a year to the local economy

Cambridge Folk Festival, 2013.

A study has found the Cambridge Folk Festival brings in more than £1.5 million a year to the local economy.

The research was carried out by students at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

The average spend of a festival-goer in shops and businesses in Cambridge was around £94. This year's festival, with headliner Van Morrison, is sold out.

Vauxhall considers second shift at Luton factory

A new Vivaro outside Vauxhall's Luton factory
A new Vivaro outside Vauxhall's Luton factory Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton based Vauxhall says it's considering introducing a second shift at the Luton van plant.

The announcement comes on the day the company launched the latest version of the Vivaro van.

The decision to build the vehicles in Luton has secured the future of 1,200 jobs over the next decade with the prospect of more workers being recruited in the future.

Work on Black Cat roundabout

Work to improve the busy A1 Black Cat roundabout on the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire border near St Neots starts at 0730 this morning.

The £5.6m scheme aims to ease congestion, improve journey times for road users and improve safety. It is part of the Government's £317million pinch point programme, which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations.

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Giant new wind farm is approved for Suffolk coast

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Wind turbines at sea Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the world's biggest wind farms is to be built off the Suffolk coast. The Government's given the green light to East Anglia One, which will have 240 turbines and create enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes.

The wind farm should bring £500 million to the region's economy. Building work could begin in 2017 and the first power would be generated two years later. It'll cover an area of 115 square miles in the Southern North Sea.

New business school building plans to go on show in Cambridge

Plans for the new building for the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Plans for a £34m re-development of the Cambridge Judge Business School will go on show to the public today.

Its home in the old Addenbrooke's Hospital building in the city is too small and the school wants to expand.

Visitors have been invited to look around the building and comment on the plans.

Plans for the new building for the Cambridge Judge Business School.

£3m boost for enterprise zone

Beacon Park. Credit: Mike Page.

A business park which is part of the New Anglia Enterprise Zone is to get £3m of government funding.

The money will help Great Yarmouth Borough Council complete important infrastructure at Beacon Park and open up the whole site for development.

Since the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Enterprise Zone was created two years ago, nine companies have set up business there and more than 450 jobs have been created.

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