PUBLISHED: 17:12 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 August 2019 Sarah Chambers What will Greene King sale deal mean to the town where the pubs and brewery group was formed? Picture: ANDREW MATTHEWS/PA WIRE Greene King's past and present workers in Bury St Edmunds are seeking clarity over jobs and pensions after the brewing and pubs giant announced it was the subject of a £2.7bn takeover deal. What will it mean to them? UK pub group and brewer Greene King has agreed a £2.7bn sale to Hong Kong real estate giant CKA Picture: GREENE KING/PA WIRE1 Who will the new owners be?Many have been taken by surprise - including some City experts - after the historic firm revealed that it had received a favourable offer from Chinese property multinational CK Asset Holdings, which is run by Hong Kong's richest family.2 What about job losses?"CK Bidco said it did not intend to initiative "any material headcount reductions within the Greene King organisation as … [Read more...] about What will Greene King mega-sale deal mean to Bury St Edmunds?
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PUBLISHED: 19:00 27 March 2019 charlotte Smith-Jarvis No.5 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: RACHEL EDGE Rachel Edge No.5 Angel Hill to bring European style coffee culture to the west Suffolk town. No.5 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. Picture: RACHEL EDGENo.5 Angel Hill (formerly The Scandinavia Coffee House) holds a special place in the hearts of new owners Charlie and Tanya Athorne. Overlooking one of Bury St Edmunds’ most iconic spots, with views to the Abbey Gardens and Cathedral, it was here Tanya had her first job in the UK, studying in the language school above. Working just a few steps away as pastry chef at the Angel Hotel was Charlie. The pair met, fell in love, and have been visiting the café ever since, with Charlie saying they thought of previous owner Pauline as “like a distant auntie. She’d give us advice on life and all kinds of things so this place is really special to us.”The couple bought the business last … [Read more...] about Take a look inside this new Bury St Edmunds cafe
CGI of the new Travelodge. Picture: SUPPLIED BY NHP HOLDINGS Archant A new Travelodge in Bury St Edmunds has opened its doors to customers today with a ‘drive-thru’ Starbucks set to start serving coffee from tomorrow. Left to right: John Marshall, Sue Warren, Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, Ben Bodewes and Archie Mijares, from Starbucks, Mike Spenser-Morris, developer, Terry Clements, mayor, councillor Julia Wakelam and Glennys and Hugh Baskett. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARDConstruction on the new 80-room hotel and coffee shop development, which is located on Etna Road, near the Tesco roundabout in the town, has taken around a year to complete. The hotel is Bury’s first Travelodge to operate in the town, and a spokeswoman for the company said an official opening may take place in a few weeks.The manager at the 80-room hotel, Graham Atkins, said he had been “overwhelmed” by the high calibre of candidates for positions after more than 500 people applied for 24 new … [Read more...] about New Travelodge opens in Bury with Starbucks to follow
Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 February 2019 Paul Geater Despite all the talk of internet shopping, most Christmas presents were bought from shops. Picture: PAUL GEATER Archant Today it feels as if the High Street – the mythical heart of every town and city across the country – is under more pressure than ever before. The news that Pret a Manger is not coming to Ipswich was a big blow to the town centre. Picture: ARCHANTMuch has been written and spoken about which stores/restaurants/bank branches will be next to close – but how close are we to knowing why this existential threat to so many businesses, and indeed whole districts, is happening?And why are some shops seen as vulnerable while others are apparently bucking the trend? And can things be turned around for those facing problems?New technology – the rise of internet shopping – is one reason often given for the crisis in retailing and it no doubt is a factor. Over … [Read more...] about Can High Streets in towns like Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds survive the current upheavals?
PUBLISHED: 15:09 10 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:53 10 January 2019 David Vincent Premier Travel staff in the Newmarket branch, Elaine Carr, Helen Leader, Rachel Hatherley, Amy Stearn. The branch experienced a 48% increase in bookings, year on year, in the first trading week in January. Picture: KELLY FELSTEAD Archant An East Anglian travel company is celebrating after having its biggest January sales weekend. Premier Travel saw a 46% year on year increase in sales across its 18 branches in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex on the first Saturday in January – dubbed Sunshine Saturday in the travel industry as it’s the most popular day to book holidays – compared to the same day last year. A number of its branches also experienced a surge in holiday bookings during the first week of January, with five stores seeing a 50% increase in sales year on year. Paul Waters director at Premier Travel, said it was the company’s most … [Read more...] about Customers return to the High Street travel agents