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Launch of new Lotus helps create 150 jobs

The new Lotus Evora 400. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The boss of Norfolk-based Lotus Cars says the launch of their new model at the Geneva Motor Show today will help create 150 new jobs.

Jean-Marc Gales said the Evora 400 would go into production in the summer.

It marks a turn around for the company which last year had to make more than 200 redundancies.


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List of Tesco stores set for closure

These are the stores that Tesco have revealed are set to close.


  • Bedlington
  • Chatham
  • Connswater and Cregagh Road in Belfast
  • Doncaster
  • Kirkcaldy and Wrexham Dodds Lane

Homeplus shops

  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • Chelmsford
  • Chester
  • Edinburgh
  • Southampton
  • Staines

Tesco Metro

  • Bicester
  • Bootle
  • Caerphilly
  • Crossgates
  • Devizes
  • Grangemouth
  • Mexborough
  • Morecambe
  • Ormskirk
  • Runcorn
  • Smethwick
  • Woodseats

Tesco Express convenience stores

  • Bearwood
  • Belvedere
  • Church Street, Ballymena
  • Heaton Chapel
  • Heybridge, Essex
  • Houghton Regis
  • Liverpool Kensington
  • Longbridge Road, Barking
  • Northfield, Birmingham
  • Raymouth Lane, Worksop
  • Sheffield Manor
  • South Tottenham High Road
  • Tredegar
  • Troon
  • Walsall Wood
  • Wealdstone
  • Whitley Bay
  • York Road, Hartlepool.
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2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

Scheme set up in Cambridge to get more people into engineering

The Launchpad scholarship has been set up by aerospace company Marshall. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A scheme has been set up in Cambridge to get more young people into engineering.

The Launchpad scholarship has been set up by aerospace company Marshall, and is open to children from 8 to 18.

The aim is to provide support, experiences and opportunities in the field.

Heinz to close Norfolk factory

The Heinz factory at Westwick, Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Heinz has confirmed it will close its Westwick factory in Norfolk next year.

The food manufacturer first began consulting on plans to shut the site near North Walsham in October following a decision by the William Jackson Food Group - owner of the Aunt Bessie's Brand - not to renew its licence with the company.

Heinz says, without the contract to manufacture its frozen potato products, there is no longer enough work to keep the factory operating.

A spokesman said attempts to find a buyer for the site had failed.

The factory will continue operating until April 2015, when the Aunt Bessie's licence ends.

Heinz will now focus its efforts on helping workers to find other jobs and will carry on discussing closure plans with unions until at least mid-January.


Over 60 jobs lost as Caterham shuts down its Norfolk business

Caterham has decided to shut down its business in Hingham near Norwich in Norfolk. Credit: Caterham Cars

Caterham has decided to shut down its business in Hingham near Norwich in Norfolk.

The decision to close the Technology and Innovation Centre was made today after it continued to suffer large losses.

The fate of the firm was shared with workers on Wednesday night.

68 jobs have been lost.

“It is with deep regret that I have closed CTI, as I know the 68 personnel there worked tirelessly to try to build the business and win contracts across the globe.

I am sensitive to the fact that we have had to let go of the staff at CTI and I will ensure that they are looked after in the proper manner."

– Graham Macdonald, Caterham Group CEO

Jobs boost for Clacton as new ASDA store is given the green light

How the new ASDA store could look. Credit: Tendring District Council

Around 300 new jobs are set to be created in Clacton after an application for a new ASDA store was given the green light by the local council.

The company plans to redevelop the existing Co-op store.

It's hoped that it will open in 2016.

“It will be a high quality supermarket on an existing site providing local jobs in the local community – within two to three miles of the site."

– Phil Bartram, ASDA spokesman

Unemployment in the East falls by 2,000 in three months

Unemployment in the East of England fell by 2,000 in the three months to September, official figures have revealed.

Unemployment is falling in the East of England Credit: PA Images

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a total of 154,000 people were unemployed in the region between July and September.

The region's unemployment rate was 4.9% and saw a fall of 1.3% during the period. The worst area in the UK was the South East which recorded a 9,000 increase in the number of people without a job.

A record number of people are in work after another huge fall in unemployment, new figures have shown.

The jobless total fell by 115,000 in the quarter to September to 1.96 million, the lowest figure since the start of the year.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance was 931,700 in October, 20,400 down on September, and the 24th consecutive monthly cut.

Employment increased by 112,000 in the latest quarter to 30.7 million, the highest since records began in 1971, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported.

The number of non-UK nationals working in this country increased by 230,000 over the past year to 2.9 million, while the figure for UK nationals went up by 445,000 to almost 28 million.

Pay, including bonuses, was 1% higher than a year ago and excluding bonuses went up by 1.3%, the first time the figure was above CPI inflation for five years.

The 1% average earnings figure is 0.3% higher than last month.

Around 14.7% of workers, or 4.5 million, are self-employed, down by 88,000 on the quarter but up by 279,000 on a year ago, while the number of part-time workers wanting a full-time job remained at around 1.3 million.

There were just over nine million people classed as economically inactive, including students, long-term sick or those who have given up looking for work, 38,000 more than between April and June.

The number of people claiming the main unemployment benefit - jobseeker's allowance - has also been falling every month for the last two years and is now more than half a million lower than May 2010.

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Bonfires going ahead despite firefighter strike

Bonfires and firework displays are being held this weekend despite claims that a four day strike by firefighters is leaving many people 'vulnerable'.

Firefighters across the country have walked out from 6pm on Friday until 6pm on Tuesday in a dispute about pensions.

The Fire Brigade Union says government proposals that firefighters should work until they are 60 instead of 55, pay more into their pensions and get less in retirement, are unfair.

But the Fire Service says contingency plans are in place and there is adequate cover.

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