Businesses look back to the future at showcase of Peterborough enterprise

From left, Steve Bowyer, of Opportunity Peterborough, Salman Syed, managing director of Thomas Cook UK and Ireland, Naomi Clayton, of Centre for Cities and John Bridge, of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.
From left, Steve Bowyer, of Opportunity Peterborough, Salman Syed, managing director of Thomas Cook UK and Ireland, Naomi Clayton, of Centre for Cities and John Bridge, of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Leaders of business in Peterborough took a look to the future at a major showcase of enterprise and innovation from companies in and around the city.

More than 600 people attended the B2B Exhibition at the Kingsgate Conference Centre.

Thomas Lorimer of New Glow LED on his "hoverboard" for Back to the Future Day at the Peebo B2B Exhibition.

Thomas Lorimer of New Glow LED on his "hoverboard" for Back to the Future Day at the Peebo B2B Exhibition.

It featured displays from high-tech firms to legal and accounting services through to academic and skills training institutions.

The showcase of innovation was highly appropriate taking place on the day the nation seemed to have tagged Back to the Future Day.

One event that attracted a huge amount of interest was a presentation by IT giants Microsoft on the workings of its new Windows 10 system, ‘destined to change the way people globally interact with their computers’.

Chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce John Bridge said: “The atmosphere was very positive and it’s looking good for the future of business in Peterborough.

It’s looking good for the future of business in Peterborough.

John Bridge

“Every few paces I was stopped by someone to say how well businesses are developing and growing in Peterborough.”

The event began with a presentation to Opportunity Peterborough’s Bondholder Breakfast by Naomi Clayton, senior analyst for research group Centre for Cities. She said Peterborough was a leading city for business start-ups and the development of small and medium-sized firms.

Salman Syed, managing director of Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, said the city’s commitment to skills development for the future was a factor in the holiday giant’s move to keep its UK business, employing 1,115 people, in the city.