Discover Peterborough’s Smart City credentials at the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei

Discover Peterborough’s Smart City credentials at the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei

As one of the UK’s top Smart Cit­ies, we’re delighted to be part of the UK government’s stand at the 2019 Smart City Sum­mit and Expo in Taipei this week (26 – 29 March 2019).

Peter­bor­ough is among the UK’s top 5 fast­est grow­ing cit­ies and we’re a hot­bed of innov­a­tion with one of the highest busi­ness start-up rates in the coun­try.

Our Future Peter­bor­ough team is ded­ic­ated to mak­ing sure our city works as effi­ciently as pos­sible for busi­nesses and res­id­ents. The Smart City Lead­er­ship Pro­gram­me and Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy ini­ti­at­ives are inter­na­tion­ally respec­ted for how they’ve improved Peterborough’s eco­nom­ic resi­li­ence and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. We want to share what we’ve learnt with oth­er cit­ies and regions around the world to develop more best prac­tice examples and sup­port more cit­ies on their smart city and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy jour­neys.

Peterborough’s impact:

  • Deliv­ers a DFID-fun­ded Smart City Lead­er­ship Pro­gram­me for the Indi­an city of Amara­vati and for the state of Mad­hya Pra­desh
  • Played a lead role in the devel­op­ment of Brit­ish Stand­ards Institute’s (BSI) suite of Smart City Stand­ards
  • Chair of the BSI’s Smart and Sus­tain­able Cit­ies Com­mit­tee (SDS/2)
  • A founder mem­ber of the Cit­ies Stand­ards Insti­tute
  • Attends the All Party Par­lia­ment­ary Group on Smart Cit­ies
  • A mem­ber of the Ellen MacAr­thur Foundation’s Cir­cu­lar Cit­ies Net­work
  • The team has presen­ted at over 50 inter­na­tion­al con­fer­ences and con­tin­ues to acquire loc­al, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al media cov­er­age peak­ing with the ‘World Smart City Award’ in 2015

 

A few of our achieve­ments:

 

We’d love to tell you more about doing business in Peterborough and our Smart City and circular economy programmes.
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For more inform­a­tion about Peter­bor­ough, please vis­it investinpeterborough.co.uk

Circular Economy focus as Peterborough site bids to help build expanded Heathrow

Circular Economy focus as Peterborough site bids to help build expanded Heathrow

 

 Pic­tured (l-r): Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, John Holdi­ch, Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row, May­or James Palmer, Cam­bridge­shire & Peter­bor­ough Com­bined Author­ity, Cllr Peter Hiller, Port­fo­lio Hold­er for Growth, Plan­ning, Hous­ing and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil.

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  • Today (6 June 2018), May­or James Palmer and rep­res­ent­at­ives of Heath­row Air­port, will be hos­ted by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough at the Rox­hill Peter­bor­ough Gate­way site
  • The Peter­bor­ough site is one of two from the East of England in the run­ning to help deliv­er expan­sion
  • Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and gen­er­ate up to £15 bil­lion of eco­nom­ic bene­fits across the East of England

On Fri­day (6 July), Emma Gilthorpe, Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion at Heath­row will be joined by May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, James Palmer, as she vis­its the Rox­hill Scheme at Gate­way Peter­bor­ough. The site is one of the two long­listed sites in the East of England. The vis­it is part of a nation­wide tour of 65 sites still in the run­ning to be off­s­ite con­struc­tion centres for Heath­row expan­sion.

Four sites across the UK will even­tu­ally be selec­ted as Heath­row logist­ics hubs. The sites will be used to pre-assemble com­pon­ents of an expan­ded Heath­row before trans­port­ing them in con­sol­id­ated loads to the air­port. Logist­ics Hubs are essen­tial in ensur­ing Heath­row expan­sion deliv­ers for the whole coun­try by spread­ing jobs, boost­ing pro­ductiv­ity and mod­ern­ising the con­struc­tion industry out­side of Lon­don and the South East.

This will be the first time rep­res­ent­at­ives from the UK’s only hub air­port have returned to East Anglia since an over­whelm­ing major­ity of MPs speak­ing on behalf of con­stitu­en­cies across the UK, aligned to dif­fer­ent parties voted to sup­port expan­sion. These sites are bid­ding to poten­tially become off-site con­struc­tion centres, giv­ing the East of England the oppor­tun­ity to help deliv­er Britain’s new run­way.

In March, Heath­row CEO John Hol­land-Kaye was joined by Brandon Lewis MP for Great Yar­mouth for vis­ited Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth. Dur­ing the vis­its, the pro­spect­ive bid­ders have the oppor­tun­ity to show­case the unique strengths of their sites.

Heath­row expan­sion is set to cre­ate up to 12,900 new jobs and deliv­er up to £15 bil­lion worth of eco­nom­ic growth for the East of England. In addi­tion to the jobs boost from the poten­tial logist­ics hub, Cross­rail ser­vices are set to reduce jour­ney times from Shen­field to Heath­row.

Last week’s par­lia­ment­ary vote on the Air­ports Nation­al Poli­cy State­ment has cleared the way for Heath­row expan­sion to become Gov­ern­ment poli­cy, mark­ing the end of the debate on the new run­way and grant­ing per­mis­sion for the project’s deliv­ery. These con­tin­ued site vis­its are just one of the ways that Heath­row is work­ing to kick start the deliv­ery of one of the UK’s largest infra­struc­ture pro­jects.

 

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or of Expan­sion, said:

We’re thrilled to be back in the East of England fol­low­ing the over­whelm­ing back­ing Par­lia­ment gave Heath­row expan­sion last week. It is bril­liant to see, first-hand, the poten­tial role the region could play in deliv­er­ing Britain’s new run­way.

These hubs will ensure an expan­ded Heath­row deliv­ers for all of Bri­tain, trans­form­ing con­struc­tion across the UK and cre­at­ing a skills leg­acy for future gen­er­a­tions. When chosen, the final four sites will kick start the job cre­ation and eco­nom­ic bene­fits that expan­sion will bring. We are look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the team at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and see­ing what the site in Peter­bor­ough has to offer.”

 

James Palmer, May­or of Cam­bridge­shire and Peter­bor­ough, said:

Heath­row expan­sion is an oppor­tun­ity to boost pro­ductiv­ity and equip Brit­ish work­ers with new skills. The bil­lions of pounds of private invest­ment to fund expan­sion will deliv­er massive bene­fits all over the UK before the new run­way is even oper­a­tion­al. I am delighted that Heath­row has long­listed a site in Peter­bor­ough and we’re keen to demon­strate why our area with its thriv­ing sup­ply chain should play a part in the con­struc­tion of one of the country’s most cru­cial infra­struc­ture pro­jects.”

 

Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, Steve Bow­yer, said:

We’re delighted to be host­ing the team from Heath­row today to show­case why Peter­bor­ough would make the per­fect loc­a­tion for a logist­ics hub. As a for­ward-think­ing, future city, Peter­bor­ough has excel­lent trans­port links, gig­abit speed inter­net con­nectiv­ity and a host of suc­cess­ful world-class busi­nesses oper­at­ing across all sec­tors – par­tic­u­larly man­u­fac­tur­ing and engin­eer­ing. Add to that our fant­ast­ic tal­ent pool of skilled work­ers and our ever grow­ing Uni­ver­sity offer, and the city’s case for being a logist­ics hub loc­a­tion is very com­pel­ling indeed.

Peter­bor­ough has a strong track-record of secur­ing new invest­ment; in fact just this week the Con­struc­tion Industry Train­ing Board (CITB) has con­firmed the city is its pre­ferred loc­a­tion for its new head office. Secur­ing a Heath­row logist­ics hub would be a huge boost to the loc­al eco­nomy and test­a­ment to the city’s long­stand­ing repu­ta­tion as thriv­ing busi­ness des­tin­a­tion.”

 

Sites in the East of England long­listed for Heathrow’s Logist­ics Hubs: 

 

Pro­moter  Site Name  Site Loc­a­tion 
Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough  Rox­hill Scheme At Gate­way  Peter­bor­ough 
Peel Ports Group  Peel Ports Great Yar­mouth  Great Yar­mouth 

 

For more inform­a­tion vis­it: https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Heathrow_Logistics_Brochure_25.04.17.pdf 

Boosting productivity, innovation & efficiency in the manufacturing sector

Boosting productivity, innovation & efficiency in the manufacturing sector

With the likes of Blue Plan­et shock­ing the nation and Michael Gove now eager to bring in new sus­tain­ab­il­ity legis­la­tion in the post-Brex­it era, the pub­lic mood is chan­ging. How do you ensure that your busi­ness is a sus­tain­ab­il­ity lead­er, rather than on the back foot?

For the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy offers a new mod­el to rethink how products are designed and made, to truly con­nect eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al gains. This means redesign­ing products so they last longer, so they can be repur­posed, reman­u­fac­tured and even shared. The cir­cu­lar eco­nomy aims to ensure mater­i­als and resources remain cir­cu­lat­ing in the eco­nomy for as long as pos­sible and at their highest value. With increas­ing interest nation­ally, as demon­strated by the inclu­sion of the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy in the UK’s Indus­tri­al Strategy White Paper as a lever to increase pro­ductiv­ity, we want to make sure loc­al busi­nesses are aware of the con­cept and provided with the tools to sup­port them shift towards more sus­tain­able oper­at­ing mod­els.

Innov­a­tion in Man­u­fac­tur­ing: the Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy Advant­age

  • What? We’re offer­ing a free work­shop to provide an over­view of what the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy is all about, lead­ing industry prac­tices and prac­tic­al steps your busi­ness can take to become more pro­duct­ive and resource effi­cient.
  • When? 13th March 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm, Allia Future Busi­ness Centre Peter­bor­ough
  • Who’s it for? Any organ­isa­tions with­in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, or provid­ing ser­vices for man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­nesses…. or if you’re just inter­ested in the event! Organ­isa­tions with­in Peter­bor­ough, Fen­land, South Kesteven and the wider area are wel­come to attend.

Our excit­ing line-up of guest speak­ers will be cov­er­ing the latest innov­a­tions in sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing….

Tim Devon­shire – Per­kins

Per­kins has a strong his­tory of reman­u­fac­tur­ing products, Tim will be explain­ing how this provides their cus­tom­ers with lower-cost products and deliv­ers cost sav­ings for Per­kins through the reuse of mater­i­als.  Tim will also be talk­ing about optim­ising sys­tems, max­im­ising the use of mater­i­als and resources through­out a product’s life in order to cre­ate higher qual­ity products and reduce envir­on­ment­al impact.

Owain Grif­fiths – Oak­dene Hollins & the European Reman­u­fac­tur­ing Coun­cil

 At Oak­dene Hollins, Owain works with busi­nesses to improve the sus­tain­ab­il­ity and cir­cu­lar eco­nomy per­form­ance of their products. Owain will be talk­ing about how a shift towards more sus­tain­able prac­tices can have real busi­ness bene­fits. Owain will also be provid­ing an insight into their work estab­lish­ing the European Reman­u­fac­tur­ing Coun­cil and work­ing with glob­al busi­nesses.

 Alan Howard – Insti­tu­tion of Engin­eer­ing & Tech­no­logy (IET)

Alan will be talk­ing about the IET’s recent Sus­tain­able Man­u­fac­tur­ing report, which out­lines the ambi­tion for a post-Brex­it UK to cre­ate sig­ni­fic­ant social, eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al impact. Alan will be mak­ing the con­cept of sus­tain­able man­u­fac­tur­ing real to busi­nesses by provid­ing action-ori­ented steps to deliv­er tan­gible impacts for micro-busi­nesses, SMEs and lar­ger com­pan­ies.

There will also be oppor­tun­it­ies to dis­cuss the exist­ing chal­lenges your busi­ness is facing and explor­ing these with a range of experts.

To sign up to the event, please use our Event­brite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/innovation-in-manufacturing-the-circular-economy-advantage-tickets-41974338376

If you have any fur­ther ques­tions, please feel free to email Katie.thomas@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Businesses Discuss Peterborough’s Circular Future

Over 40 busi­ness del­eg­ates from organ­isa­tions across Peter­bor­ough have helped to define how the city can meas­ure its pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy.

By adopt­ing cir­cu­lar eco­nom­ic prin­ciples, the Depart­ment for Envir­on­ment, Food and Rur­al Affairs (DEFRA) cal­cu­lates that UK busi­nesses could bene­fit by up to £23 bil­lion per year through low cost or no cost improve­ments in the effi­cient use of resources.[1]

Facil­it­ated by the Future Peter­bor­ough pro­gram­me, dis­cus­sions at a recent work­shop centred around how the city and organ­isa­tions could improve under­stand­ing, facil­it­ate change and chart suc­cess with­in the 7 Rs — rethink, redesign, repair, reuse, reman­u­fac­ture, recycle and recov­er products and ser­vices. These are the sev­en pil­lars that form the found­a­tion of the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment.

This Com­mit­ment has set out the city’s approach to cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and is a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil. Devel­op­ing a Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy means encour­aging col­lab­or­a­tion across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, help­ing organ­isa­tions save money by redu­cing waste, envir­on­ment­al impact and reli­ance on raw mater­i­als and nat­ur­al resources, whil­st mak­ing bet­ter use of our resources, mater­i­als, products, prop­er­ty and people.

Organ­isa­tions that took part in the work­shop included Queens­gate, Skanska, Allia, Per­kins, Cross Keys Homes, Wal­ters and AECOM.

Examples of pro­jects that con­trib­ute towards a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy that are already under­way in Peter­bor­ough include:

  • Cross Keys Homes’ Food Cycle pro­ject which uses excess food from loc­al super­mar­kets and stores to com­bat food pover­ty.
  • Share Peter­bor­ough, a free busi­ness to busi­ness online shar­ing plat­form that is help­ing organ­isa­tions in the city to share resources.
  • Regen­er­a­tion work at the Rail­world Wild­life Haven reused and repur­posed items – like using scrap metal pipes to build hand­rails and old aque­ducts to cre­ate walk­ways.

Del­eg­ates were joined by The Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, a glob­al thought-lead­ing char­ity work­ing with decision makers in busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and aca­demia to drive the cir­cu­lar eco­nomy agenda. Peter­bor­ough is part of the Foundation’s exclus­ive Cir­cu­lar Cit­ies Net­work which includes New York, Rio de Janeiro and Copen­ha­gen.

Julia Vol, Port­fo­lio Man­ager from the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion said, “It was inspir­ing to see how a small city such as Peter­bor­ough is tak­ing big steps to intro­duce a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy approach, look­ing to strengthen the loc­al busi­ness com­munity and improve qual­ity of life for the city’s res­id­ents.”

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said, “The work­shop has provided some prac­tic­al steps for the Future Peter­bor­ough team in how we meas­ure the city’s pro­gress towards cre­at­ing a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough and we’re grate­ful to all the busi­nesses, and organ­isa­tions such as the Ellen MacAr­thur Found­a­tion, who con­trib­uted their time and expert­ise.

Hav­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy could save busi­nesses thou­sands of pounds by max­im­ising their use of resources whil­st sig­ni­fic­antly improv­ing busi­ness effi­ciency and redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact. Organ­isa­tions may already be doing a lot with­in the 7Rs and we want to build on the expert­ise and good prac­tice already in place with­in Peter­bor­ough to max­im­ise oppor­tun­it­ies.”

[1] http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/wraps-vision-uk-circular-economy-2020

City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050

City businesses commit to creating a Circular Economy by 2050

City organ­isa­tions includ­ing Roy­al Haskon­ing DHV, Skanska, Viridor and Coca Cola, Free Think­ing, I3 Media and Rail­world, today atten­ded a sign­ing cere­mony com­mit­ting sup­port to cre­ate a Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough by 2050.

Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough, a Future Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive, delivered by Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, encour­ages col­lab­or­at­ive work­ing across the city to max­im­ise the life­cycle of products and ser­vices, driv­ing great­er resource pro­ductiv­ity, redu­cing envir­on­ment­al impact and address­ing declin­ing nat­ur­al resource issues in the future.

The Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough Com­mit­ment sets out an approach: rethink­ing; redesign­ing; repair­ing; repur­pos­ing, reusing and shar­ing; reman­u­fac­tur­ing; recyc­ling and recov­er­ing products and ser­vices – the 7 Rs which enables the city to make the most of loc­al resources, sup­port eco­nom­ic resi­li­ence, develop strong com­munit­ies and increase envir­on­ment­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity.  Organ­isa­tions who have signed the com­mit­ment are act­ively involved in devel­op­ing pilot pro­jects and ini­ti­at­ives which encour­age a more sus­tain­able approach to busi­ness in our city.

Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Pro­ject Dir­ect­or of the Future Cit­ies Pro­gram­me said ‘Put simply, if we con­tin­ue to use resources at the cur­rent rate, we will need three plan­ets worth to sup­port future gen­er­a­tions.  Cre­at­ing a cir­cu­lar eco­nomy here in Peter­bor­ough starts at grass­roots with city busi­nesses com­mit­ting to rethink the way they oper­ate’.

Paul Row­land, Region­al Man­ager for Viridor added of the com­mit­ment: “Peter­bor­ough is at the fore­front of devel­op­ing a more resource effi­cient UK. As a city we must look to reduce the amount of waste we pro­duce, recycle as much as pos­sible and then at the Energy Recov­ery Facil­ity we work closely with Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to trans­form what res­id­ents throw away in their bins into power­ing homes in the city along with sup­port­ing loc­al busi­nesses to divert waste away from land­fill. By com­mit­ting to the Cir­cu­lar Peter­bor­ough ini­ti­at­ive we will be able to sup­port the City as it grows in the future devel­op­ing a more resi­li­ent and suc­cess­ful place to live.”

Peterborough shares smart success on the global stage

Peterborough shares smart success on the global stage

Peter­bor­ough is being cata­pul­ted to new heights of inter­na­tion­al acclaim as its smart and sus­tain­able cre­den­tials are exhib­ited at the Smart City World Expo in Bar­celona this week (15 – 17th Novem­ber).

After win­ning the title of “World Smart City 2015”, Peter­bor­ough was invited to show­case its cit­izen-centred approach towards cre­at­ing a smart city to an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence of more than 400 city lead­ers, influ­en­cers, busi­nesses and smart tech­no­logy innov­at­ors.

Delivered by eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, the Peter­bor­ough DNA pro­ject was formed four years ago after the city was awar­ded £3 mil­lion by the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board, (now Innov­ate UK) to test, develop and imple­ment new and smarter ways of con­nect­ing people, places and ser­vices.

Now, as Peter­bor­ough pre­pares to hand over its title of World Smart City, Steve Bow­yer, Chief Exec­ut­ive of Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough has been invited to speak at the World Expo in Bar­celona to share the Peter­bor­ough suc­cess story with del­eg­ates from around the globe.

Steve said: “We’re really excited to be shar­ing our work with an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence that holds the same ambi­tion as Peter­bor­ough – to cre­ate smart, sus­tain­able cit­ies. Peter­bor­ough has a fant­ast­ic story to tell and events like this provide the per­fect oppor­tun­ity for us to show­case our city to pro­spect­ive investors, busi­nesses and oth­er city lead­ers.”

The Smart City Expo takes place from 15 – 17th Novem­ber in Bar­celona. Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil will be joined by a num­ber of part­ners and spon­sors at the exhib­i­tion, includ­ing: Arcus Glob­al, Brit­ish Stand­ards Insti­tute, Hon­ey­well, Blue Sky, Pin­sent Masons, MyCog­ni­tion and Folk Labs.