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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 December.

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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 December.

Bill Agnew of GPIA said: "We are aiming to attract new investors who could bring business and jobs into Peterborough.

"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 are doing."

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 Envirolink UK.

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.

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