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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


Great Yarmouth’s most historic buildings transformed

St George’s Theatre is now a jewel in Great Yarmouth’s cultural crown

A four million pound project to restore some of Great Yarmouth's most historic buildings is complete.

The work started in 2012 and included the repair of five listed buildings.

The centrepiece of the project was the renovation of St George's Theatre, a Grade I listed former chapel dating from 1714.

The initiative has significantly regenerated the King Street area

“The initiative has significantly regenerated the King Street area, saving several historic, formerly empty buildings for new viable uses, including Skippings Gallery, a neighbourhood centre and new homes.

It is also a fantastic showcase of Great Yarmouth’s ability to deliver on conservation and sends a very positive message to potential funders and investors.”

– Cllr Bernard Williamson

Tourism campaign begins to promote 'Cambridgeshire'

King's College, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new way of promoting the county of Cambridgeshire as a tourist destination officially starts today.

Called 'Visit Cambridge and Beyond' it aims to encourage people to look further than just the city for days out.

Corpus Christi college, Cambridge Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than five million tourists visit Cambridge each year which is worth £583 million to the city's economy. It accounts for 17 per cent of local employment.

86 per cent of people visiting Cambridge usually on come on day trips. The idea is to encourage people to stay longer and look further than just the city.

Feeling lucky? Many queue for chance to win £57.8m

We're just hours away from finding out who's won the biggest ever Lotto jackpot. Nearly £60m is up for grabs in tonight's big rollover. Although the odds suggest you're more likely to be struck by lightning than match 6 numbers, lots of people were out and about buying last-minute tickets today.

To see what some people in Northamptonshire are planning to spend their potential winnings on, watch Sarah Cooper's report below:


Debt charity says more families are struggling to meet financial demands

More than 5,000 people in the East of England called the charity for advice in the first half of 2015 Credit: PA

In the run up to Christmas thousands of people in the East are struggling to afford their daily bills.

Figures released today by the StepChange Charity show that 5063 people from this region called their helpline in the first half of this year with average debts of 14 thousand pounds,

This left them with a budget deficit every month, meaning they were £7 short of being able to afford even their essential bills.

"Everyone faces ups and downs in life, but more than 11 million people in Britain are now experiencing some financial difficulty and a quarter of those are in severe problem debt.

The East of England is no exception and although the economy is beginning to recover, millions of households remain vulnerable to shocks to their income over the next year and many could find they have no alternative but to turn to credit to cope, which can quickly make the problem much worse."

– Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive, StepChange Charity,
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