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Suffolk entrepreneur meets the Prime Minister

David Cameron and Jonie Worton
Jonie Worton meets the Prime Minister Credit: ITV News Anglia

An entrepreneur from Suffolk who set up her own business has had a chance to show off her products to the Prime MInister.

Jonie Worton from Lowestoft started her knitwear business in April, with help from a government scheme. She's been at a Downing street reception to celebrate British enterprise.

Jonie Worton's products
Jonie displays her wares Credit: ITV News Anglia

Jonie said: "It's just a bit daunting but it's been really special and something memorable and we're really proud to showcase our products and be part of the scheme."

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Business Secretary in Cambridge

The Business Secretary is due to visit Cambridge Credit: PA wire

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is expected to visit Cambridge today, Monday 18th March, as part of Cambridge Business Week.

Mr Cable is due to make a speech and visit local businesses, including successful technology, electronics and software companies.

Businesses to benefit from cash boost

Small businesses in South Cambridgeshire could benefit from a £20,000 funding boost.

Companies will be able to bid for up to £1,000 to help them with the cost of training and other support from South Cambridgeshire District Council.

To find out more about the business and financial help available through the business support fund, please contact South Cambs Business Support on 0844 346 0755, or email Southcambsbusinesssupport@examplas.com.

Chinese publishing giant to base UK HQ in Essex

Essex is to be the UK base for China's biggest publishing company.

Phoenix Media Group is to open a UK headquarters in Basildon after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Essex County Council.

The base will deal with printing, copyright trading and publishing. Eight new jobs will be created.

The deal follows a trade mission to China earlier this year.

Northampton enterprise zone gets £7m boost

An enterprise zone in Northampton has been awarded £7m to boost economic activity and create jobs.

The town's Waterside Enterprise Zone has been awarded the cash by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. The money comes from the Government's Growing Places Fund.

Nationally, the Growing Places Fund will provide £500m to enable the development of local funds to tackle infrastructure issues, promote economic growth and create jobs and new homes.

Final decisions about how the money will be spent are yet to be taken but the cash could support three key projects:

  • A £2m investment to improve traffic flow around St Peter’s Way
  • Site investigation work to improve the condition of land on one of the key Enterprise Zone sites at Sixfields
  • Buying land from local landowners in areas of the Enterprise Zone not in public ownership to enable more development.

Cllr David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: "The funds will... unlock the massive potential that the area has to bring jobs to Northampton.”

Money from the Growing Places fund has to be repaid but is then reinvested in further projects.

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