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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness -

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

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