Monday In at the office by approximately 8, which gives me time to have a quick look through the ET to see what’s happening in Peterborough, and to clear my desk ready for the day’s action. Today I have a meeting at 9.30 with Peter Mulhall from Business Link to look at a couple of grant options which have caught my eye. We are in the process of launching three new businesses which will need a completely new IT infrastructure, plus Opportunity Peterborough are managing a growth fund which is available to help new and growing businesses. The rest of the day is involved with revising some business plans for the bank and speaking to our potential new landlords to ensure we’re getting the right deal on our new premises.
At 5pm I have a scheduled weekly meeting with Nigel who runs our garage business. This meeting is to review any issues he is dealing with and to have an open discussion on how the opening of the new businesses will affect his role. Pleasingly, Nigel has a couple of great ideas for the garage business which definitely need looking into.
7pm is the next scheduled meeting at the office. As president of Peterborough Motor Club I’m meeting with the chairman to review the agenda of the committee meeting to follow at 8. We have some interesting challenges relating to re-energising the club through new activities. We agree to look into the organisation of a car rally, a race meeting, a car trial and, interestingly, launching something unique called the Peterborough Motorsport Academy.
A long day finishes at 10pm, but very varied and interesting. Tuesday Today is the monthly Chamber of Commerce Board meeting in Huntingdon, which I have the privilege of being chairman. I start with a briefing meeting with John Bridge, the chief executive, followed on this occasion by an EGM to Thursday Only two meetings today. Day starts as normal with the first meeting at 10 with Tim Martin, the marketing director at Opportunity Peterborough. I enjoy these meetings as it gives me the chance to