Both speakers illustrated how their
organisations are contributing to the local economy and how clusters
of firms in related industries can be a springboard for growth.
David Burall said: “I am pleased
that some of our members have been appointed as Peterborough
Ambassadors. They represent a significant proportion of the area's
manufacturing output and over 12,000 people are employed in food
processing in the region.
"The food industry and FoodFen
are part of Peterborough and contribute positively to Peterborough.
The Ambassador scheme strengthens those links.”
Jonathan Selwyn commented: “Appointing
some of the area’s environmental specialists will give formal
recognition of the growing importance of this sector. I am sure they
will prove to be excellent Ambassadors who will help to attract inward
investment into the city.
"We are a successful city but
want to be more successful and we therefore extend a warm welcome to
businesses moving in. Peterborough has a lot going for it and we want
to tell other people about it."
GPIA chairman John Durance outlined
the aims of the Peterborough Ambassadors Programme and encouraged the
active involvement of the Ambassadors.
He said: “The city has a lot to
offer to relocating businesses and to businesses already here wishing
to expand. You are all aware of its attributes. Your task is simply to
communicate those attributes to people outside the city who are not
aware of them.”
Gloria Milne, chief executive GPIA
concluded the proceeding by summarising some of the city’s recent
‘good news’ stories and with the following appeal: “Please
support the Ambassadors programme. The businesses already established
here are the key to Peterborough’s success and your influence can
help to secure a prosperous future for us all.”
The event was sponsored by government
development and regeneration agency English Partnerships.
For details of the Peterborough
Ambassadors programme and a list of appointed Ambassadors visit the
Peterborough Ambassadors website: www.peterboroughambassadors.org.uk.