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Encouraging the next generation into shoemaking industry

An apprenticeship scheme aimed at boosting Northamptonshire's once great shoemaking industry has been launched.

Trainees will be able to spend a year at Northampton College learning the basic skills they need to work on the factory floor.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes.

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Fears for the traditional High Street as big stores close

Fears for the traditional High Street as big stores close

There are fresh fears for the future of Northampton high street with Marks and Spencer set to close and businesses claiming they're losing trade to a new out-of-town shopping centre.

The multi-million pound Rushden Lakes site opened last July and bosses insist it gives people more reason to visit the entire area.

But some of Northampton's independent stores say the town centre needs more investment to help them make ends meet.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Lotus CEO quits Norfolk performance car company

Norfolk-based car maker Lotus has announced that Jean-Marc Gales, its Chief Executive Officer, is standing down.

He's being replaced by Feng Qingfeng from the car firm's parent company Geely Auto Group.

Jean-Marc Gales, who the company says is leaving "for personal reasons", will become Chief Strategic Advisor to the Lotus Chairman, Daniel Donghui LI.

Geely acquired a majority holding in Lotus, which is based at Hethel near Norwich, last year. The company also owns Volvo Cars, Proton and the London Electric Vehicle Company.

Feng Qingfeng, the new CEO of Lotus Credit: Lotus

Fear plan to cut traffic congestion could like local business

A new traffic scheme to ease congestion around the Army & Navy roundabout has local opposition. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There is opposition to a new traffic scheme in Chelmsford aimed at beating congestion at a notorious junction in city which some claim will just push the jams onto surrounding streets.

Essex County Council wants to ban cars from a stretch of road heading into the city at busy times. However businesses have told ITV News Anglia that they are concerned this will rob them of trade.

The county council wants to install enforcement cameras on Baddow Road to stop cars travelling towards the Army and Navy roundabout from Meadgate Avenue at peak times. They say the scheme is vital

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey
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