Hundreds of visitors poured into Peterborough’s annual Business Focus exhibition yesterday to enjoy a showcase of the best of city enterprise.
An ambitious vision of a fast growing city was outlined by Peterborough City Council leader Councillor Marco Cereste during his speech as he officially opened the event.
Cllr Cereste said: “Peterborough is a brilliant success. We are really making a success of this city.
“The last three years have seen us begin to deliver on the developments that we promised would happen.”
He cited the growing University Centre and the start of work to extend the railway station as two notable achievements.
He vowed: “Within the next six months you will see our plans for the Station Quarter and in 12 months that development will start to rise out of the ground.
“And something that really excites me are plans for a Sports Village in Peterborough, which are beginning to look more real. We are talking to Sports England and others to bring the best sports facilities across our city.”
Visitors were able to enjoy numerous displays from a variety of businesses and organisations at the day-long exhibition at Peterborough Arena at the East of England Showground.
These included the charitable arm of the venue, the East of England Agricultural Society, which invited Professor Sai Gu to speak about advanced biofuel technologies for low carbon economy.
The venue also promoted its Fork Direct From the Farm philosophy with special taster samples for delegates during the day. Brian Soanes of The Business Club Peterborough, said: “The feedback from exhibitors and visitors has been very positive, with bigger and better being the key words.”
Exhibitor Steve Bentley, executive director of the First Ascent Group, said: “It was a very productive day, lots of conversations, lots of leads, nice atmosphere, we would certainly exhibit again.”
Charlie Lewis, sales manager for Peterborough Arena, said: “It’s good to see the Arena buzzing and being used by a key business event.”