Smart FengateA sharing economy to build economic viability and environmental sustainability among the city’s SMEs
Many of Peterborough’s SMEs work in isolation, unaware that working collaboratively will support economic viability and environmental sustainability.
The Fengate business cluster is an industrial area in the east of Peterborough which is faced with challenges a whole host of systems could help provide shared solutions for, to improve their resource efficiency.
An initial core group of 12 businesses was formed, comprising SMEs: Walters, i3Media, Greenwheel Cycles, PPS Print, Tee-Kay Packaging, Global VTech, Masteroast and Lindum Group and larger companies: Perkins Engines, Skanska, Viridor and Amey.
Working together with Future Peterborough, a sharing economy platform — Share Peterborough — has been developed. The free to use member-only platform allows maximium use of resources by facilitating the exchange of goods and services that are under-utilised or no longer needed; promoting local organisations and building a collaborative business community in the city.
The Smart Fengate project provided the inspiration for Peterborough’s Circular vision. The Circular Peterborough commitment, which have now been launched, outlines our vision for creating a circular city.
We have over two hundred city organisations actively engaged in activities which support a circular approach.
Share Peterborough, the business-to-business online sharing platform was officially launched in December 2016, and now has over 100 members.