Schemes to help local businesses – delivered by a partnership
between Greater Peterborough Investment Agency and Business Link –
are generating growth and prosperity, company managers were told at a
meeting this week (Thursday 10 April 2003).
Stephen Hampson, chief executive of
Business Link for Cambridgeshire, told a meeting of almost 100
business people organised by Greater Peterborough Investment Agency (GPIA)
that the two organisations together are helping local companies in a
wide range of areas.
Business Link itself assisted more
than 750 Peterborough businesses in the past year, helping them to
tackle issues such as strategic planning, workforce development and
opening new UK and export markets.
Steve Robertson, Business Link's
business advisor manager, presented case studies of local companies
that have benefited from the organisation's assistance. These included
Mailtech, which Business Link helped with strategic development that
led to the launch of a new subsidiary, and Almac Engineering which
Business Link assisted with workforce training and introduction into
Companies are often introduced to
Business Link through GPIA's Investor Development Service, Marija
Lysak of GPIA told the meeting.
"Although GPIA's primary role is
to attract new companies into the area, it is vitally important to
look after them once they are here," she said. "The Investor
Development Service focuses on these newly arrived businesses but also
assists established companies that may have been here for many years.
"We talk to businesses to
establish what opportunities they see for the future and any barriers
which are preventing them achieving these. We then make them aware of
the business support services available to help with these specific
issues and can refer them to appropriate partners such as Business
"Areas where we may be able to
assist range from identifying available grants and loans through to
recruitment, training and finding appropriate property to permit
Executives from two local firms –
MITIE Scotgate and Nene Valley Foods – gave the meeting examples of
the way in which GPIA had been able to help their businesses develop.
In one case this was by assisting with development of purpose-built
premises and in the other by finding a partner organisation willing to
make a substantial investment in providing an essential support
Marija concluded: "We are
committed to ensuring that local businesses prosper and grow."
GPIA's Investor Development service
can be contacted on 01733 404390 or visit www.positivelypeterborough.org