East Anglia outperforms UK GDP growth by more than six times

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The first ever in depth business survey of East Anglia's 300 largest businesses shows the region is outperforming UK GDP growth by more than six times.

Accountants Grant Thornton say businesses in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex are doing really well.

Turnover is up by 6% - that's six times the latest UK growth figure (£21.1bn compared to £19.8bn previous year).

Operating profits across the 300 companies grew by 7% to £953 million.

Employment is also up by 6% - significantly higher than the 0.2% increase nationally.