23 May 2022: Peterborough BID appoints Business Improvement Manager

Peterborough BID’s Business Improvement Manager, Pep Cipriano, starts today, 23 May 2022.

The Peterborough Positive Board has appointed Pep Cipriano as the BID’s Business Improvement Manager after a stringent recruitment process. The Board were looking for an individual with great knowledge of and love for Peterborough, and Pep Cipriano was a clear choice for the role which makes him the ‘face of the BID’ in the city.

Pep’s first task as Business Improvement Manager will be to begin building his team to support with the BID’s day-to-day activities. In a few weeks the BID will be based out of its new city centre office at Queensgate’s Westgate Arcade which is where Pep will work from.

A well-known representative of the city, Pep is an award-winning communicator with over two decades’ experience, who has previously worked as Marketing Manager at the City Council, City College and City Culture Peterborough. His experience in campaign, event and project management and stakeholder management skills will be invaluable to the BID.

Pep Cipriano said of his new role: “It’s a privilege to become a part of Peterborough’s future through the BID. I’m passionate about the city, having lived here all my life, and know it’s time to create some real positive changes for our people. I can’t wait to get started and get to know the business owners in the centre, as they are the BID’s key stakeholders. Together we can promote the city centre as a fantastic place for local residents and visitors spend time in and have a positive experience.”

Mark Broadhead, Chair of Peterborough Positive, said: “It’s a huge day for Peterborough and the BID as Pep joins us to take control of the implementation of the initiatives set out in our Business Plan. Pep was a standout candidate with such a strong connection to the city and the skills to take the BID forward for the next five years to ensure it is as impactful as possible.”

Peterborough Positive is getting everything in place to start delivering results over its five-year term, with the appointment of the Business Improvement Manager marking the start of its on-the-ground activities.

20 April 2022: Peterborough Celebrates Festival at Ferry Meadows 13-15th May 2022

70s and 80s disco stars, Odyssey, are set to perform at the Peterborough Celebrates Festival, alongside Peterborough-born rock band, Austin Gold, and a Big Top Circus by Lost in Translation as festival organisers reveal some of their initial plans.

Peterborough Celebrates Festival is a three-day free-to-attend, community and family-friendly festival that will bring together and celebrate everything great about Peterborough over the weekend of 13th, 14th, and 15th May 2022 at Ferry Meadows.

Alongside some well-known and familiar festival attractions, the festival will showcase the city’s vibrant and diverse mix of food, drink, culture, arts, sports, and activities across a packed and eclectic schedule. It will also offer a chance to thank the many people across Peterborough who have helped the community get through the worst of the pandemic – through ongoing projects such as the Peterborough ‘Thank You Film’ and community arts movement Peterborough Presents’ Peterborough Royalty Portrait Exhibition.

Odyssey, best known for hits such as ‘Native New Yorker’, ‘Going Back To My Roots’ and ‘Use It Up and Wear It Out’ will bring the party atmosphere to the Saturday evening of the festival.

Peterborough-born rockers Austin Gold, who rose to fame with their 2017 debut album Before Dark Clouds, and have been played on Radio 2 and Planet Rock, will also feature over the weekend.

Music is just a small part of the eclectic mix of entertainment and activities over the weekend though – with a range of activities, including many opportunities for people to have a go at something new planned by the organisers.

A Big Top Circus from Lost in Translation will also proudly feature across the weekend, offering their hilarious Hogwallops family show to wow the crowds.

Creative Producer of Peterborough Celebrates Festival, Simon Hollingworth, said: “After many months of planning, we are delighted to confirm the first of many performers and attractions that will feature across the weekend.

“The festival will offer an eclectic experience – offering a diverse range of different things, things that people might not have usually done before or seen, alongside firm festival favourites.

“We believe that Odyssey, Austin Gold and the Big Top Circus will be very popular with everyone – setting the fun, family-friendly tone of the weekend!”

The event is being staged by Nene Park Trust, with the support of key partners including Peterborough City Council, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Community Fund Platinum Jubilee Fund and a wide range of businesses, sponsors, supporters, and volunteers to bring it to life.

Organisers are also calling for more volunteers, groups, or businesses to offer their time to support the festival over the weekend, whether this is helping with car parking, marshalling, litter picking or helping to raise funds for good causes.

To offer your support and volunteer or for more information about the festival, please visit peterboroughcelebratesfestival.co.uk

Peterborough Positive is recruiting a Business Improvement Manager

Peterborough city centre surrounds the site of the historic Cathedral, believed to have been built in or around 654 AD and now seat of the Bishop.

The story of its rich history is often lost to more recent and contemporary developments initiated by the work of the Development Corporation, established in 1968 to increase the population size by the construction of suburban housing developments. The city centre itself has become dominated by shopping, including the 800,000 sq. ft. Queensgate Centre.

Even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, city centres were undergoing a period of dramatic shift, primary forced by changes to consumer behaviour. The future success of city centres will involve less reliance upon shopping and a greater emphasis upon the range of experiences that visitors can enjoy. Cities need to win back local consumers and reach beyond for overnight stays.

In late 2021, Peterborough businesses recognised the need for change and collaborated to provide 5-years of funding to better manage and develop their city centre. Peterborough Positive is the accountable body that will receive the funding that businesses have committed to (circa £400,000 a year), utilising the Business Improvement District (2004) regulations.

Work starts in 2022 and the Board of Peterborough Positive are now seeking an engaging person to lead the operations of the organisation, working closely with and on behalf of the city centre business community.

Job title
Business Improvement Manager
Job Function
Providing passionate city centre operational management for Peterborough Positive.
The organisation has four key delivery themes:

Safety: “to deliver a coordinated approach to ensure Peterborough offers a well-managed, welcoming and safe city centre”
Events: “to create a memorable experience for all city centre users”
Marketing: “to provide a robust marketing strategy that promotes the Peterborough Positive brand across the city and beyond, attracting shoppers, tourists and business investment opportunities”
Community: “to build a business community within the city centre, improving communication between businesses as well as with the City Council and stakeholders. This will include keeping businesses updated on city centre matters and opportunities”
In addition, it must become a voice for the business community.

With support from the Board and other team members, who they will help to recruit, the Business Improvement Manager will lead on the delivery themes and will be responsible for delivery against agreed targets and KPIs.

The role will report to the Board of Peterborough Positive via the Chair and their delivery partner, Locus Management Solutions. For more information, visit: www.locusms.com
This will be a high-profile role, with the successful candidate prioritising their relationships with city centre businesses whilst also engaging also with other key stakeholders such as public authorities, charities and the wider community. The role will involve:

  • Leading the organisation, internally and externally.
  • Promoting the Company to stakeholders.
  • Become recognised as the operational point of contact.
  • Proactively seeking opportunities to extend the scope of delivery and to build external relationships.
  • Managing the operational team to ensure effective and efficient delivery of the Company’s objectives.
  • Ensuring management of office, staff team and third-party contractors, in line with the Company’s management systems and protocols.
  • Ensuring that the Board are briefed on operational activities at and between Board meetings.
  • Monitoring and managing performance of the Company against agreed delivery plans.
  • Helping to set and manage budgets, cashflow etc.
  • Managing third-party providers.
  • Seeking opportunities to collaborate with others on projects and to generate non-core income.
  • Identifying new opportunities to extend the range, benefits and income of the Company.

The above list is not in order of priority, and other tasks commensurate with the grade of the post may be required of the post‐holder.

This role is envisaged as full-time with some flexibility required on working hours, including weekends.

For more details and how to apply
Click here for more details, including the person specification.
Email your CV and a covering letter to jobs@peterboroughpositive.co.uk

7 February 2022: Peterborough City Council 2022/23 Budget Consultation Survey

As a key stakeholder in the city, Peterborough’s BID Board has been invited to take part in Peterborough City Council’s budget consultation. The Board will be reviewing the budget on behalf of the city centre businesses within the BID levy paying area. The board is concerned that funding cuts in some areas could affect the effectiveness of the BID’s four priorities and we will endeavour to have some proactive conversations with the Council regarding this. Click here to read the Council’s budget proposals.

We’d like to remind all business owners paying the BID levy from April 2022 that this money is ringfenced to be spent on the BID’s initiatives, as outlined in our Business Plan after extensive consultation with you. This pot of money is not intended to fill gaps within the Council’s budget; it is allocated to be spent on BID projects only.

In order to gather your views on the Council’s budget, we invite Peterborough city centre business owners and managers to complete our short survey by Friday 18 February 2022. The collective responses we receive will be used to inform the BID’s budget consultation response.

8 December 2021: Latest advice from Peterborough’s Director of Public Health

Please download and read the full letter of guidance: DPH Letter to Shops Transport and events Pboro Dec 2021.

An important message from Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health for Peterborough:

“Since the start of the pandemic event organisers and businesses, especially shops have had many challenges in keeping their premises safe but also the financial pressures created by the lockdowns and the staffing issues created by sickness and a need to self-isolate.

“Sadly COVID-19 has not gone away, and we are now confronted with the new “Omicron” variant. In Peterborough this comes on top of a high number of cases of COVID-19 (Delta variant), low vaccination coverage in some areas along with related hospital admissions, which are adding to the seasonal and backlog of booked admissions, creating a huge pressure on the local NHS.

“Prior to the emergence of the new Omicron variant this picture of a high number of cases led to the Government granting us the status of being an Enhanced Response Area (ERA). This means the Government recognises the seriousness of the situation that COVID-19 presents in the local area. As part of this, we need communities and businesses like yours to continue to support efforts to lower the risk of transmission to keep our communities safe and to protect working people and businesses, particularly as we move into winter when we have increases in many illnesses.”

23 November 2021: Cambridgeshire Police advise Peterborough businesses to increase their awareness of national terrorism threat

The national terrorism threat level has risen from SUBSTANTIAL to SEVERE, meaning an attack in the UK is now considered highly likely. This change followed the incident at Liverpool Women’s Hospital earlier this month and the murder of MP Sir David Amess on 15th October.

Cambridgeshire Police are advising businesses to increase their awareness of the threat, remain vigilant, and review their current procedures in response to these events, particularly since we are now entering the festive season.

Advice and guidance on the current threat and how to counter it is available from:

The Eastern Region Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSAs) can also be contacted for advice as follows:

Peterborough set for Christmas lights switch-on Friday 19 November 2021

The much anticipated Christmas lights switch-on will be taking place in Peterborough city centre this Friday, including the unveiling of a new light display in Cathedral Square and Bridge Street.

PCRfm Breakfast Show presenter Kev Lawrence will be on stage at the fun-filled family occasion which runs from 5pm to 7pm.

The switch-on, hosted by PCRfm, will feature the stars from this year’s Christmas pantomimes at The Cresset, Key Theatre and New Theatre. There will also be performances from Courtney Pudney, Tommy Philpott, George Elliott and his band Upon This Rock, Cecil Farayi, plus Mayor of Peterborough Cllr Stephen Lane, the Peterborough Cathedral Choir and an appearance from Father Christmas himself.

However, the main attraction will be the city’s 40-foot Spruce Christmas tree which will be colourfully lit up as part of the switch-on. New light displays will also be shining brightly for everyone to see across the city, including on the Guild Hall, Town Hall and along the centre of Bridge Street. The lights have been funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority to help the city build back better following Covid-19. This year’s switch-on is being supported by City Fibre, Princebuild and Vodafone.

Cllr Steve Allen, cabinet member for culture at Peterborough City Council, said: “Our Christmas tree has arrived and Santa’s little helpers are now getting it ready for the big switch on this Friday by removing low branches and dressing it with lights.

“We’re delighted to be once again holding a Christmas lights switch on for city residents following a one-year break due to Covid-19. This year we have some new Christmas lights for you all to enjoy, along with plenty of entertainment before the big switch-on.

“We’d like to thank our sponsors and PCRfm for making the event possible and for adding plenty of festive sparkle. We hope you also find the time to do some Christmas shopping, visit our Christmas market and enjoy the many restaurants that Peterborough has to offer.”

As Peterborough is now an Enhanced Response Area for Covid-19, those attending are strongly encouraged are strongly encouraged to do the following to minimise the spread of Covid-19 in the city:

  • Wear a face covering in crowded spaces – even outdoors
  • Get all Covid-19 and flu vaccinations you are eligible for, as soon as possible, so that you can be protected when you attend
  • Social distance from others outside your household where possible.

25 September 2021: Issue 8 of the Peterborough Positive Newsletter

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27 August 2021: Internationally-acclaimed Lost in Translation present Victorian Circus Spectacular to Peterborough Parade and Circus Show

Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading and most spellbinding contemporary circus companies, is parading into Peterborough’s Cathedral Square on Wednesday 1 September. Crowds will be delighted by high throws, high thrills and the charming Pablo the baby elephant puppet.

The Victorian theme of the circus show and parade picks up on the tradition of parading, which dates back to the late 18th century. Travelling to their audiences, circuses became incredibly popular during the Victorian period; the parade announced the arrival of the circus and gave the excited crowds a glimpse of the dazzling acrobatic feats to follow.

Lost in Translation are renowned as the Guinness World Record holders for most catches on the Korean Cradle – a discipline rarely seen on UK stages. As leaders in the field of story-led circus productions, Lost in Translation have delighted audiences across the world, from Australia to the Edinburgh Fringe. At the heart of their act-building is a palpable passion for bringing communities together and contributing to cultural recovery. The year of their 10th anniversary has seen the company tour across the UK with a broad range of acts and productions. Victorian Circus Spectacular is set to continue to excite and enchant lovers of contemporary circus.

Massimiliano Rossetti comments:

We’re so excited to be back on stage with a bang for our 10th anniversary year! At Lost in Translation, we have a deep desire to connect people, communities and cultures through our character driven theatrical shows and our trademark warm humour. This past year has seen us separated from both our loved ones and what we love doing, so we can’t wait to bring a smile to new audiences.

Previous praise for Lost in Translation:
The circus tricks are amazing, they’re almost incidental to the plot, woven in seamlessly… Easily the best family show at the Fringe and one which all the family, including ‘hard to please dads’ will thoroughly enjoy (★★★★★, Theatre Reviews Design).

We hope to see you there!

17 August 2021: Peterborough Positive Business Plan published!

Our launch event held on 17 August 2021 had a fantastic turnout and we would like to thank everyone that came along to our presentation of Peterborough Positive’s Business Plan. The Plan outlines the priorities of the BID as determined via consultation with city centre owners and managers over the past couple of years.

A copy of the Business Plan has been sent to each business within the BID area and hopefully you have received your copy. A digital copy of the Business Plan has also been published on this website here.

To request a copy of the Business Plan, please email contact@peterboroughpositive.co.uk providing your name and address.

It is vital that all business owners read the Business Plan ahead of submitting their vote in the BID ballot.

14 July 2021: City College Peterborough Launches New Course Guide

People looking to gain skills for work, career progression or wanting to learn or develop a hobby or interest can take their pick from a packed course guide launched by City College Peterborough.

The 2021-22 guide offers more than 135 courses provided by the college, which has been shortlisted five times for the Times Education Awards and has previously been Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.

The city’s Brook Street campus has been offering learning and training to people aged over 16 for more than 75 years and generations have enjoyed and benefited from studying with the college. Students consistently achieve above national average success rates and 98% would recommend City College Peterborough to others.

Janet Bristow, Deputy Principal and Head of Service said: “It’s an honour for the college to continue to provide high-quality programmes to the residents, communities and businesses of Peterborough. We pride ourselves on the important role we play within the Peterborough community and continuously strive to help those wanting to improve their education and skills.

“We’re incredibly proud of our staff and tutors and their dedication to ensuring that everyone studying with us enjoys consistently high standards and levels of service, keeping them coming back for more.

“In addition to the wide range of qualification courses designed to meet the needs of local employers, counselling, teaching, adult care and childcare, the college also offers a variety of leisure courses. These courses benefit people’s wellbeing by learning or improving an existing skill such as art, upholstery, cookery, languages, literature, gardening and photography.”

Throughout the pandemic the college developed their programmes to be delivered online, which ensured students continued to have the opportunity to learn. For the 2021-22 term, many of the practical and leisure courses will return to the classroom in a Covid-safe learning environment, whilst others will be delivered online or as a blend of classroom and online learning.

For more information on courses available, visit www.citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk Alternatively, call 01733 761361 or email admin@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk
People are also welcome to visit the college in person.

11 June 2021: Upcoming Peterborough BID business consultation event


Following on from the three business workshops that were held virtually in May, Peterborough Positive is inviting city centre business owners to our first face-to-face* consultation event of 2021.

Date: Tuesday 22 June 2021
Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm
Location: Former Topshop / Topman unit, Queensgate Shopping Centre

Come along for nibbles and drinks and meet the BID steering group. As well as presenting the ideas gathered so far for the draft Peterborough BID’s business plan, you can share your views with us on the priorities for the city over the next five years.

We would appreciate it if you register your attendance at the event in advance via the Peterborough Positive Eventbrite page.

*In the event that we are unable to hold the event face-to-face due to ongoing Coronavirus
restrictions, we will switch to a virtual event.

8 June 2021: Peterborough city centre business survey 2021

As the BID’s business plan evolves, it will take into account the feedback received by the potential BID levy payers. We need businesses from across Peterborough’s city centre to fill in our short survey and have their say on what you want the BID to do for you.

Click here to complete the survey now.

The survey will close on 30 June 2021.

1 June 2021: Families Encouraged To Enjoy Free Half-term City Centre Digital Trail

Families in Peterborough can look forward to taking part in a free half-term interactive story-trail across the city centre this week.

Peterborough Libraries has teamed up with QR code trail experts High Street Safari to create a free, interactive story-trail that is designed to encourage children to walk, engage in activity and most importantly, have a lot of fun.

Children will be able to track down the ‘Secret Carnival’ and its wily characters via smartphones and win a personalised, digital ‘selfie storybook’ at the end.

The trail works by utilising contactless QR codes displayed on vinyl stickers in the windows of participating venues, without the need for families to download or sign up to anything.

The Secret Carnival Family Trail is positioned around the city centre with 10 carnival characters, like Harlequin, the cheeky jester. The trail takes about 45 minutes to finish but can be completed in more than one visit. With safety in mind, it has been designed so that there is no need to go inside the venues.

When families scan each character’s unique QR code they’ll learn their names and what their role is in the carnival. Children will enjoy spotting the colourful characters in shop windows and engage by hearing the stories.

To create their ‘selfie storybooks’ families need to take funny selfies along the trail, with directions given, such as ‘look amazed’ or ‘look curious’. Once the trail is completed their selfies are embedded directly into the book pages as part of the story.

The book tells readers about the day their family went on a tour of the secret carnival, so they become stars of the story and get a keepsake.

Julie Bennett, chief operations for people and change management at City Culture Peterborough, said: “We are keenly aware that families will want to look for fun activities that are safe, socially distanced and contactless during the school half-term and this trail is the perfect activity for them to take part in. We’re grateful for the venues that have agreed to be part of the trail.

“Parents and carers are often stuck for things to do with children during holidays and this is a great way to get outdoors and explore all that our city centre has to offer. The trail is lots of fun and the digital storybook is an excellent reminder of how they became part of the secret carnival by successfully completing it.”

Martin Blackwell, national coordinator for the project, said: “We’ve ran several trails like these and have been blown away at the response considering the difficult climate on the high street. We had over 30,000 families play last year in over 200 locations. If something fun like this can help make families and kids feel good about going back out onto the high street in a safe way, then we’ve done our jobs.”

To find out more about the trail, visit www.secretcarnivaltrail.com

20 May 2021: Can you help John Lewis staff facing redundancy?

As you may be aware, staff at John Lewis in Peterborough are facing redundancy. Peterborough Positive is part of the city centre taskforce, which includes Paul Bristow MP, Peterborough City Council, Opportunity Peterborough, Queensgate Shopping Centre, and the Towns Fund Board. We are keen to collect live, local job vacancies to help the John Lewis staff affected find new employment as quickly as possible.

We are especially keen to hear from retail, hospitality, and leisure businesses. We want to share as many opportunities as possible from across the city and wider region with those facing redundancy.

If your organisation is recruiting, we would be grateful to receive either a PDF copy or a link to the job description(s) online, with details of how to apply to: info@opportunitypeterborough.co.uk. Your job descriptions will be shared directly with the John Lewis staff as part of broader redundancy support. Thank you in advance.

04 May 2021: Positivity for the city as Peterborough United earn promotion

Dave Cramp, Vice-Chair of Peterborough Positive, said: “Our team’s promotion provides a fantastic opportunity to introduce the city to away supporters and boost Peterborough’s economy significantly. The BID (Business Improvement District) is about promoting Peterborough to another level, so we of course celebrate Peterborough United’s promotion as a huge positive for the city.

“Similarly to POSH’s achievement, the BID seeks to win challenges to create a better future for locals and visitors alike. One of the key aims of the Peterborough BID, if adopted, is to increase footfall into our vibrant city centre.”

Well done, Peterborough United!

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21 April 2021: Issue 4 of the Peterborough Positive Newsletter

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17 March 2021: Issue 3 of the Peterborough Positive Newsletter

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16 March 2021

Peterborough Positive’s Chair, Mark Broadhead, appeared on Peterborough City Radio earlier this month to talk about the launch of a cafe culture in Peterborough. Listen again here:

3 March 2021: Outdoor pods set up around city centre as Cafe Culture takes next step

Peterborough Positive has been part of an initiative to develop Covid-19 safe pods and outdoor seating areas for the city centre. The pods will be opened in Cathedral Square, St John’s Square, Bridge Street and Westgate throughout April and May 2021.

Plans for the café culture approach have been developed over the last year and will be going ahead thanks to a successful £800,000 grant application to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

The pods and seating areas will deliver a European café culture, giving customers an ambient and comfortable area to sit, eat and dine in all weathers – day and night.

Free public access WiFi will be launched across the city centre by CambWiFi at the same time.

Click here to read more about Café Culture in Peterborough.

22 February 2021: Peterborough arts and culture survey

Do you live in, work in or visit Peterborough? Please fill in this 5-minute survey to share your experiences and hopes about arts and culture in Peterborough!
Peterborough City Council and partners are working towards a ten-year cultural strategy and want as many people to have an input as possible.
Contact consultant Sarah Tanburn, Sarah.tanburn@workthewind.com if you would like more information on the strategy.
Please note – survey closes end of February 2021.

10 February 2021: Issue 2 of the Peterborough Positive Newsletter

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5 February 2021: Peterborough Positive meet with Paul Bristow MP to discuss the BID

The organisation behind the Peterborough BID (Business Improvement District) met with the MP for Peterborough last week to present their proposal for adopting a BID in the city centre. Adopting a Peterborough BID will lead to positive change across the city centre. The BID will aim to support those businesses impacted by covid-19.

Paul Bristow MP has since sent a letter of support for businesses in Peterborough to Chancellor Rishi Sunak. His letter backs the BID  and highlights two key strands of support for local businesses:

  • A rates relief extension for businesses to help combat the issues caused by the covid-19 pandemic; and,
  • More generous terms for the payment of VAT to HMRC.

Backing from key stakeholders is crucial in bringing the BID proposal forward and Peterborough Positive is grateful for the backing of the local MP.

23 April:  Business Grants Leaflet

Are you eligible for a business grant to support your business during the coronavirus pandemic?  Download our Business Grant Information Leaflet to find out how to put in your claim.

Business Grants Leaflet

26 March: Do we have your correct email address?

Our colleagues at Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough are trying to ensure communications reach individual City Centre businesses.  Please email vicky@peterboroughpositive.co.uk with your business email, so that we can make sure you receive the latest updates about specific help for Peterborough businesses.  Do it now!

25 March: Come and talk to us!

Email: Vicky@peterboroughpositive.co.uk and join our WhatsApp group of retailers to catch up on the local gossip!

Twitter: @ Pboropositive

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/peterborough-positive

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24 March: Find out here for the latest guidance for your employees

23 March: Find out here how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply.

Much like you, we are closely following the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the Peterborough business community.

We are committed to providing as much support as possible, including information on government resources to support the City.

The British Business Bank website has details of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

There is also a list FAQs for small and medium sized businesses interested in the scheme.   In the first instance businesses should approach their own bank for help and support.

Stay safe and if you have any questions, please get in contact vicky@peterboroughpositive.co.uk

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Business Improvement District (BID) ballot for businesses will be postponed until Autumn 2021.

The BID will continue to work with Peterborough City Council and other business organisations in the city to ensure businesses are getting the support promised by Central Government. We will also assist those who already pay little or no business rates with accessing government grants that have now been set up, and are working with banks and building societies in the City to provide businesses with information and resources they can send to their employees to advise on debt management and budgeting.

Please follow Peterborough Positive on LinkedIn for our regular updates.

The British Business Bank website has details of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.There is also a list FAQs for small and medium sized businesses interested in the scheme.   In the first instance businesses should approach their own bank for help and support.Stay safe and if you have any questions, please get in contact vicky@peterboroughpositive.co.uk

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