Peterborough, home to a growing cluster of environment companies, is
to take the lead at an exhibition in France later this year aimed at
encouraging more of these firms to move to the East of England.
Greater Peterborough Investment Agency
(GPIA) and Encluster – the grouping of Peterborough environmental
businesses – will be the only two organisations representing a
specific city on the East of England stand at Pollutec, the
international environmental exhibition being held in Paris from 2 to 5
Bill Agnew of GPIA said: "We are
aiming to attract new investors who could bring business and jobs into
"We can offer them connectivity
with other environmental firms, business intelligence, very
competitive business rents and rates, and a quality of life which is
as refreshing as the wide open spaces in and around the city. In
addition, we have links with other 'hotspots', including the world
class knowledge base of nearby Cambridge."
The East of England will be among more
than 2,000 exhibitors at the event seeking to capture the attention of
Pollutec's expected 60,000 visitors from across Europe.
The region's stand at the show aims to
highlight the fact that there are more than 2,500 environmental
organisations already based in the East of England. Many of these are
in Peterborough, one of the UK's four Environment Cities, where the
sector employs more than 4,000 people and contributes about 5 per cent
of the city's total GDP.
Bill Agnew said: "As well as
promoting the benefits of locating in Peterborough we will be trying
to identify potential European business ventures which might offer
opportunities for existing Peterborough environment companies. We will
also be checking out what our competitors from other European cities
GPIA and Encluster had their own stand
at Pollutec last year, when the show was held in Lyon. Their success
in raising the profile of Peterborough and bringing back business
opportunity leads for local firms has encouraged the establishment of
a regional presence at this year's event. In addition to GPIA and
Encluster the stand is being supported by the East of England
Development Agency, Invest East of England, Trade Partners UK and
Financial support for the Peterborough
presence has again been provided by English Partnerships, the UK
government's national regeneration agency, which helped to pay for
GPIA and Encluster to attend the show last year.