Agency praised for rais­ing con­fi­dence

Op­por­tu­nity Pe­ter­bor­ough com­mended in na­tional awards

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Business Telegraph - By Paul Grin­nell paul.grin­ Twit­ter: @PTPaulGrin­nell

Eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment com­pany Op­por­tu­nity Pe­ter­bor­ough has been highly com­mended for trans­form­ing the con­fi­dence of the city. The agency was praised for com­bin­ing tra­di­tional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment mech­a­nisms with in­no­va­tive and in­te­grated ini­tia­tives.

It re­ceived its com­men­da­tion in the Im­prov­ing the Busi­ness En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory of the En­ter­pris­ing Bri­tain awards where judges said the agency’s work had helped the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment flour­ish.

The awards were a nnounced by Small Busi­ness min­is­ter Mar­got James.

Af­ter­wards, OP chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Bowyer said: “This recog­ni­tion is great for Op­por­tu­nity Pe­ter­bor­ough and, more im­por­tantly, great for the city.

“We­can’tmake­busi­nesses be suc­cess­ful but we can help cre­ate the right en­vi­ron­ment for firms to flour­ish.”

“Our work to grow the eco­nomic con­fi­dence of Pe­ter­bor­ough is pay­ing div­i­dends - from all the new restau­rants set­ting up around Cathe­dral Square, to the new man­u­fac­tur­ers com­ing to the city, and our ex­ist­ing com­pa­nies stay­ing and flour­ish­ing.”

Judge Derek Kozel, di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment at In­vest- men­tInYoungPeo­ple, said: “A key as­pect of OP’s work was the to­tal wrap around pack­age of sup­port that the project sup­plies.”

Ms James said: “These awards recog­nise the value of lo­cal sup­port.” Re­new­able en­ergy tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by Bourne-based Lark En­ergy will fea­ture in a re­search pa­per be­ing writ­ten by lead­ing aca­demics. Called ‘so­lar steam’, the tech­nol­ogy con­cen­trates the power of the sun’s rays to heat wa­ter to cre­ate steam which can be used as a sus­tain­able en­ergy so­lu­tion in in­dus­trial pro­cesses. Re­searchers at Lark En- ergy and Cran­field Univer­sity are ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial of the tech­nol­ogy and will sub­mit their re­search to aca­demic jour­nals pub­lished later this year. Si­mone Perini, re­new­able en­ergy de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer at Lark En­ergy, said: “Our re­search is look­ing into how so­lar steam can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the gen­er­a­tion of sus­tain­able and re­new­able heat.”

Op­por­tu­nity Pe­ter­bor­ough’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Steve Bowyer.

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