Peterborough beats Moscow to Smart City of the Year title

Cathedral Square, Peterborough

Cathedral Square, Peterborough

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Peterborough has been named Smart City of the Year 2015 - beating Moscow and Dubai to the honour.

The World Smart City Congress is the key annual event for smart cities organised by Fira de

Barcelona. The Barcelona-based congress worked with seven international experts to evaluate 265 entries from 52 countries.

Shortlisted cities in the Smart City of the Year 2015 included Moscow and Dubai, but judges were impressed with Peterborough’s commitment to becoming the UK’s first circular city and its environment capital vision. Peterborough’s collaborative approach to citizen involvement, also convinced the awards jury that Peterborough should win the award.

Delivered by economic development company, Opportunity Peterborough, and Peterborough City Council, the Peterborough DNA Smart City programme focuses on growth, innovation, skills and sustainability with the goal of making Peterborough a better place to invest, work and live.

Steve Bowyer, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough and Director of the Peterborough DNA programme, said: “This award puts Peterborough well and truly on the international stage and positions us as a thought leader in smart and future city thinking. This is a huge tribute to all the people involved in the project and to the businesses and citizens of Peterborough”.

Councillor John Holdich, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and for the city of Peterborough.

“The city is full of innovative SMEs (Small and medium-sized enterprises) and the Peterborough DNA Smart City programme supports and encourages them to work together to take advantage of new technologies and new thinking to drive growth, sustainability and prosperity.”

Find out more about Opportunity Peterborough’s plans for creating a ‘Circular Peterborough for the economic, social and environmental benefit of all in the City’.