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Mapping out the future of the A1307

A public consultation has been launched for a raft of proposals that, if implemented, would result in the transformation of much of the A1307 between Haverhill and Cambridge.

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Almost one quarter of new businesses formed in 2017 in St Edmundsbury are in Haverhill

Figures just published show that almost one quarter of all new companies formed in the borough of St Edmundsbury in 2017 are in Haverhill.

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Left to right From left:  Derek Brown, owner, DB Sheetmetals,  Alex Lancashire, IC Lighting Ltd, Cllr Alaric Pugh, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Growth,      Oliver Ingwall King, Energy Advisor, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Caroline Law, Chief Executive Officer, DB Sheetmetals. Picture by Andy Abbott

Haverhill’s energy efficiency upgrade makes them a leading light

A pioneering West Suffolk scheme to support local businesses be greener and save money has helped a Haverhill company and reduce costs.

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Hard work pays off after new management consultancy launches

A Steeple Bumpstead man has realised a personal ambition and proved that hard work really does pay off after launching his own management consultancy business.

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West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has launched his own app

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock launches his own app

West Suffolk MP, Matt Hancock has broken new ground in UK politics by launching his own smartphone app.

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Matt Garnham, manager of the Haverhill branch of Saffron Building Society

Haverhill building society is a four-time award winner

Saffron Building Society, with an established branch in Haverhill, has won a quartet of ‘savings awards’ at three national financial services awards.

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Business people mingle at the first MENTA Coffee Means Business, at Baythorne Hall. Picture by Natalie Sharp

Business networking event near Haverhill makes a strong debut

More than 20 business people attended MENTA’s first Coffee Means Business at Baythorne Hall, near Haverhill.

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Jon Adkin worked as an IT manager at a primary school for 26 years but has just gone full time as  a hypnotherapist.' Picture by Mark Westley

A new chapter begins for a Haverhill hypnotherapist

Having overcome critical health problems, starting a new career after 26 years in the same job is arguably a comparative breeze for Haverhill man Jon Adkin.

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The 1 Accounts team. From left:  Paul Donno, James Revell, Adrian Tonge, Jenni Donno, Grace Orrell and Wayne Horrex.

A first book and continued growth for Haverhill accountancy founder

Multi-award winning Haverhill accountancy firm 1 Accounts Online Ltd has entered its fifth year of business with ambitious growth plans.

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Kerry Logan has moved into a commercial premises in Mill Road, Haverhill after running Crazy Cuts from home for five years and she now has three members of staff; Kerry, far left, is pictured with  Lucie Grocott-Davey, Kristin Jones and Janette Walpole. 'Picture Mark Westley

New salon venture for Haverhill hairdresser

After five years of running a hairdressing business from home, Kerry Logan has taken the bold step of taking over a town centre premises from which to run her salon.

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D:fine salon in Haverhill have celebrated their  tenth anniversary'''PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Haverhill salon goes into double figures

A Haverhill hair and beauty salon reached a significant milestone last Friday when it celebrated its tenth year in business.

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Haverhill Community First Responders (from left) Stan Pridmore, Steve Bryant and Keith Jesson receive their donation of �2,200 from Anne Jones, Jane Ellis, Martin Stocking, Sue Vallis and Dave Ellis. Picture by David Doughty.

Haverhill businesses fundraising efforts benefit emergency care charity

Haverhill Community First Responders has been donated more than £2,200 thanks to the efforts of the traders in the town’s Queen’s Square.

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Suffolk County Council will keep 100 per cent of the county's business rates in 2018/19

Suffolk to pilot scheme for councils to keep business rates

Suffolk will be one of 10 pilot areas to test local authorities keeping all of the business rates gathered.

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From left to right: Tracy Grace (Clerkin), Neil Turvey (West Suffolk Council surveyor), Cllr Peter Stevens and Dean Clerkin at Clerkin Group's new site in Hollands Road, Haverhill

Disused Haverhill site snapped up by expanding Hundon company

Hundon based civil engineering firm, Clerkin Group Ltd, has taken the lease on a 1.85 acre site with warehousing and offices at Hollands Road, an industrial estate owned and operated by St Edmundsbury Council.

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The Colourbox Montessori Nursery in Haverhill. Picture: Simon Punter

Haverhill nursery building sells for £890,000 at auction

The highest priced paid at the final Cheffins property auction of the year was £890,000 for the Colourbox Montessori Nursery on Haverhill Research Park which offered a rental income of £61,065 per annum.

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James Pilley (left) and Daniel Pilley in one of the rooms at the new Nine Jars Boutique Hotel

New beginning for historic Haverhill hotel

The owners of Haverhill’s Nine Jars Bistro have completed a £1 million restoration of an iconic High Street building and reopened a hotel that dates back to the 17th century.

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The winners at the 2016 ONE Haverhill Partnership  Apprenticeship Awards. Picture by ONE Haverhill Partnership

Awards return to salute apprenticeships in Haverhill

An award ceremony aimed at celebrating the success and achievements of apprentices in Haverhill is returning in the New Year.

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The Radford Group in Haverhill is the best-ranked business in the East and 14 best in the UK in the Sunday Times Virgin 100 Fast Tack list   PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Haverhill firm tops fastest-growing list in the east

A Haverhill company that was started in a director’s garage has been named as the best in the eastern region in the 21st annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table.

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MR Barbers main shareholders, including Sam Prior (in glasses) with their winner's trophy at the NHF Business Awards. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Haverhill barbers plays its part in national awards triumph

MR Barbers won the Best Group of Business category at the inaugural NHF (National Hairdressing Federation) Business Awards, which were held at the VOX conference centre in Birmingham.

Although it has been in existence for 75 years and is the main governing body for the hairdressing business, it was the first time the NHF has staged the awards.

MR Barbers was jointly founded by Karl Foster and his childhood friend Sam Prior, who lives in Linton and went to Ashdon Primary School before moving to Saffron Walden High School, where the two met.

Their first shop opened in 1995 in Saffron Walden, followed by another in Haverhill in 2000.

Another MR Barbers soon opened in Stansted but it wasn’t until 2014 that the Bury St Edmunds shop opened, after which the business expanded quickly.

MR Barbers now has 19 shops in all, 17 in either Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex or Herts, plus two more in Cheshire.

Sam, 38, said: “We’ve got about ten that are franchised and the others are owned by us as a company (including the Haverhill shop in Queens Street that is managed by a colleague of 20 years, Paul Cook).

“It (the award) helps because it gives us some recognition as to what we are doing and we’ve never won an award before.”

The links between Haverhill and MR Barbers are very strong, added Sam.

Mark Lovell, who is from the town and also plays football for West Wratting, has the franchise for shops in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Stowmarket, while another man from the town owns the franchises in Newmarket and Ely.

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The Argos store in Haverhill's High Street

Argos to leave Haverhill High Street after 21 years

After 21 years as a fixture on Haverhill’s High Street, the new owners of Argos have confirmed it will close next summer.

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