Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:41 18 November 2018 Keith Skipper Fourses under a Norfolk hedge – will such delights make a comeback as “garden” village and town proposals multiply? Archant The plots thicken! Yes, I refer to that dramatic growth of garden-garnished proposals for larger developments across an already-beleaguered Norfolk. While some will prove to be little more than kite-flying exercises to see just how green local councillors and their advisors can be, it’s clear we are in for a lengthy charm offensive from landowners, builders and planners.They can bask in government backing for the general idea of “garden towns” and “garden villages” as well as in the afterglow of winning unlikely big battles such as getting the nod to plonk a thousand houses on the old Royal Norwich Golf Club course at Hellesdon.They will point out this concept is nothing new. Welwyn Garden City sprang to life nearly a century ago, not long after … [Read more...] about Let’s stop being tamely led up the development garden path
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 11:43 18 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:43 18 November 2018 Reliance Service Station in Heigham Street, Norwich, in the 1960s when it still sold petrol. Picture supplied by Holden Group supplied by Holden Group Holden is a name associated with the motor trade in Norfolk for 90 years. Motoring editor Andy Russell chats to current CEO Tim Holden, third generation in the family motor group, about how it has become a nationally-recognised driving force. The Holden Chrysler Jeep site in Barker Street, Norwich, in 1996 - it now forms part of Holden Honda. Picture supplied by Holden GroupIt’s 90 years since Ernest Holden, youngest of 13 children, realised his future would not be on the family’s 60-acre farm at Sisland, near Loddon, got on his bike and headed to Norwich in search of a better life.Finding work at Reliance Garage, then at St Stephen’s Square, in 1928 he didn’t want to point out to his employers he had never sat in a car, let … [Read more...] about Family motor business Holden Group celebrates 90 years of service, satisfaction and teamwork
PUBLISHED: 11:28 18 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:30 18 November 2018 Derek James Arts and Entertainment Count Basie, greeted by Geoffrey Watling at the Samson and Hercules in Norwich in 1964 Archant Established 85 years ago it is one of two clubs of its kind in the world, the other being in New York. Derek James tells the story of the little known Norwich Traffic Club. It flourishes thanks to a Norwich father and son we have much to thank for. Geoffrey Watling at Norwich City Football Club's centenary dinner in 2002It was in 1896 when the first motor vehicle graced the roads of Norwich...by 1927 10,000 vehicles were competing for space on city roads designed for foot and horse traffic and by 1933 congestion was a subject of great concern.You may think nothing has changed. Apart from the amount of traffic.All those years ago a group of local businessmen met at Langford’s famous restaurant in London Street, Norwich, to discuss the way forward. Lionel A Carey suggested that a … [Read more...] about The story of the little known Norwich Traffic Club
Norwich City players visited Florida Hospital Tampa to hand out some free Canaries shirts to local youngsters Picture: Kevin Wiatrowski/Visit Tampa Bay Kevin Wiatrowski/Visit Tampa Bay Norwich City return to home soil today after making sure they made the most of their warm weather break in Florida. Norwich City are back on home soil after making sure they made the most of their warm weather break in Florida.As well as some intense training sessions in the heat and humidity of the Tampa Bay area, the players were able to enjoy some down time and team bonding – as well as representing the club in the community.Some of the City squad visited the Tampa branch of Florida Hospital to hand out some Canaries shirts and souvenirs to youngsters, while others offered some coaching tips and tricks at a Tampa Bay United Rowdies Soccer Club youth training session.Having visited the area’s sports franchises earlier in the week, including American football team the Buccaneers, a chance … [Read more...] about Tampa Tour: Hospital visit and coaching all part of City’s time in the USA
A management buyout might be the right exit strategy for your business - and a way to reward hard-working staff. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto Archant One of the key questions on business owners’ minds is: “What does the end-game look like for me?” There are several options, of course, which can include selling it or passing it to the next generation of the family.Another option is to give the opportunity to those who have helped them build it – and it is this that I want to cover.Management buyouts (MBOs) allow the management team of a company to acquire the business that they work in from the existing owner, usually with external financing support. The management team then employs its own expertise to grow the business, improve its operations and generate a return on its investment. Here are four stages to consider before embarking on that journey.Identify talent within the businessIn any management buyout, the quality of the management team is often the … [Read more...] about Matthew Peek of Barclays: Is a management buyout right for your business?