What’s been achieved so far? video

Peter­bor­ough DNA has come a long way since being awar­ded £3 mil­lion by the UK’s innov­a­tion agency the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board to develop a smarter city of the future. Through this pro­gram­me, Peter­bor­ough is tri­al­ling new ways to tackle the city’s issues with innov­at­ive solu­tions. Find out more about how Peter­bor­ough DNA is mak­ing its mark on the city by watch­ing the video below:

In the pur­suit of sus­tain­ab­il­ity, Peter­bor­ough DNA has high­lighted the need to attract new tal­ent to the city as well as provid­ing oppor­tun­it­ies for devel­op­ing loc­al tal­ent. There have already been examples of this invest­ment, gar­ner­ing pos­it­ive res­ults for the city, which are both scal­able and share­able. Through a series of unique pro­jects, Peterborough’s busi­nesses, city lead­ers and com­munity are tak­ing a col­lab­or­at­ive approach to prob­lem solv­ing and it is this joined up think­ing that is deliv­er­ing real res­ults. Pro­mot­ing sup­port for entre­pren­eur­ship and innov­a­tion is key to Peter­bor­ough DNA’s work and import­ant devel­op­ments have taken place to facil­it­ate the neces­sary sup­port in this area.

What is Peterborough DNA?

What is Peterborough DNA?

This short, 2 minute video explains how Peter­bor­ough DNA came about and what the pro­gram­me aims to achieve:


Peterborough in the spotlight at Smart City Expo

Peterborough in the spotlight at Smart City Expo

Rep­res­ent­at­ives from eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment com­pany Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough atten­ded a Smart City Expo in Bar­celona last week to show­case Peter­bor­ough as one of the UK’s future cit­ies.

Held between the 19th — 21st Novem­ber, the event brought togeth­er over 3,000 del­eg­ates and more than 9,000 vis­it­ors from over 80 coun­tries, and was an excel­lent oppor­tun­ity to pro­mote Peter­bor­ough to high-level busi­ness and city rep­res­ent­at­ives from across the world. Valu­able net­work­ing and exchange of best prac­tice added to the exper­i­ence, the ulti­mate aim of which was to attract inward invest­ment to our grow­ing city.

At a UK Trade & Invest­ment Smart City Recep­tion held on Novem­ber 19th, the Brit­ish Ambas­sad­or to Spain, Simon Man­ley, praised Peterborough’s cre­den­tials and high­lighted the city as one of the four UK cit­ies awar­ded with the “future city” title.

Steve Bow­yer, pro­gram­me dir­ect­or for Peter­bor­ough DNA and head of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, said: “This was a fant­ast­ic oppor­tun­ity to pro­mote the city to an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence, meet com­pan­ies engaged in the smart cit­ies agenda and show­case Peter­bor­ough as an attract­ive busi­ness des­tin­a­tion.”

Mayor of Peterborough to present Future City Clean Energy Award

The May­or of Peter­bor­ough will present Pro­fess­or Jon Gib­bins with the Future City Clean Energy Award for his work on car­bon cap­ture and stor­age (CCS) at an open cere­mony on 14 Octo­ber at the Town Hall.

The Peter­bor­ough Future City Clean Energy Award, which is sup­por­ted by the ‘Peter­bor­ough DNA’ pro­ject, is designed to hon­our indi­vidu­als who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment, imple­ment­a­tion and pro­mo­tion of clean energy tech­no­lo­gies. The win­ner was selec­ted fol­low­ing col­lab­or­a­tion between Cran­field Uni­ver­sity, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough.

The award will be presen­ted by the May­or of Peter­bor­ough, Cllr June Stokes, at a free even­ing cere­mony tak­ing place at 18:00 on 14 Octo­ber in the Town Hall, which busi­nesses and res­id­ents are invited to attend. The event is designed for people who are inter­ested in learn­ing more about the latest green tech­no­lo­gies and impact of the future city demon­strat­or pro­gram­me on Peter­bor­ough. There will be an oppor­tun­ity to listen to inter­na­tion­ally renowned experts and to ask ques­tions about green tech­no­lo­gies and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

The agenda will fea­ture addresses from the Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Mar­co Cer­este, Steve Bow­yer from Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough, Prof. Sai Gu, Chair of Clean Energy Tech­no­lo­gies at Cran­field Uni­ver­sity, and a key­note speech by Prof. Jon Gib­bins.

Recip­i­ent of the 2013 award, Pro­fess­or Jon Gib­bins, has worked on coal and bio­mass gas­i­fic­a­tion and com­bus­tion for over 25 years, at Foster Wheel­er, Imper­i­al Col­lege and Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh and on car­bon cap­ture and stor­age (CCS) since 2002. CCS has been recog­nised as one of the only real­ist­ic ways to pre­vent dan­ger­ous cli­mate change whil­st we move towards a fully sus­tain­able future.

The Future City Clean Energy Award is sup­por­ted by the Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or pro­gram­me ‘Peter­bor­ough DNA’. This £3mil­lion pro­gram­me was awar­ded to Peter­bor­ough by the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board to demon­strate how its loc­al sys­tems and ser­vices can be integ­rated for great­er bene­fit, and how new tech­no­lo­gies can be used to improve the city — from energy to edu­ca­tion, innov­a­tion to trans­port.

Steve Bow­yer, head of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and pro­gram­me dir­ect­or for Peter­bor­ough DNA, says, “Fun­da­ment­ally the Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or pro­gram­me should drive our aspir­a­tions as a city and demon­strate the power of new tech­no­lo­gies: this award reflects that ambi­tion and we hope to be able to exploit some of the tech­no­lo­gies that Pro­fess­or Gib­bins has pro­moted to great­er effect through the pro­gram­me.”

Peterborough secures £3 million Future City grant

Peter­bor­ough has been awar­ded a £3 mil­lion grant by the UK’s innov­a­tion agency the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board to develop a smarter city of the future.

Last year Peter­bor­ough was one of only four UK cit­ies to be short­l­is­ted as a final­ist in the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board’s Future Cit­ies Demon­strat­or com­pet­i­tion, which inten­ded to demon­strate how a city of the future might work more effect­ively, effi­ciently and sus­tain­ably.

Although, in Janu­ary 2013, Glas­gow was announced as the over­all win­ner of the £24m com­pet­i­tion, Peterborough’s bid was highly praised by the Tech­no­logy Strategy Board. The bid, named ‘Peter­bor­ough DNA’, built on the excel­lent work and innov­a­tion already under­way in the city but set out how the city could be trans­formed for eco­nom­ic and envir­on­ment­al sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

Now, Peter­bor­ough has been awar­ded £3mil­lion to take for­ward some of the pion­eer­ing ele­ments included with­in the Future Cit­ies bid. For example, it will help loc­al com­pan­ies bring innov­at­ive products to mar­ket as well as drive the devel­op­ment of loc­al skills to meet the city’s busi­ness needs and growth ambi­tions. The fund­ing will enable com­pan­ies to test envir­on­ment­al solu­tions, sup­port­ing the city’s envir­on­ment cap­it­al agenda, and cre­ate jobs through busi­ness growth and oppor­tun­ity, to under­pin the city’s eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment.

Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil led a part­ner­ship made up of loc­al busi­nesses and third sec­tor organ­isa­tions, with vital input from loc­al con­sultan­cies, which suc­cess­fully secured this fund­ing.

Lead­er of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil Mar­co Cer­este is delighted with today’s announce­ment, “This is fant­ast­ic news for Peter­bor­ough. It will allow us to drive for­ward some excit­ing pro­jects in the city to bene­fit loc­al busi­ness and loc­al people. This is a vital injec­tion of fin­ance to Peter­bor­ough for com­pletely new pro­jects, which can be a great boost to the loc­al eco­nomy at a time of severe fin­an­cial pres­sure.”

The Tech­no­logy Strategy Board has awar­ded the money to help drive integ­ra­tion across the sys­tems that make the city func­tion, lead­ing to eco­nom­ic growth, through innov­a­tion and sus­tain­ab­il­ity.

Steve Bow­yer, head of eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment at Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough said: “The com­pet­i­tion was a com­plex one but has provided invalu­able insights into how the city oper­ates and all the innov­at­ive com­pan­ies that are here. This fund­ing will provide oppor­tun­it­ies for busi­nesses to bring new innov­a­tions to mar­ket as well as devel­op­ing skills loc­ally to drive Peterborough’s busi­ness suc­cess and its grow­ing repu­ta­tion for envir­on­ment­al and tech­no­lo­gic­al solu­tions. It was a great part­ner­ship that sub­mit­ted the bid, and that will be invalu­able going for­ward.”