Ignite Peterborough programme launches to give support boost for city’s young entrepreneurs

Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s economic development company, with support from Peterborough Regional College, has launched an exciting new programme of business support to city-based young entrepreneurs. The Ignite Peterborough programme offers young entrepreneurs running new and established companies a suite of support services, including pre-start up advice, mentoring, consultancy, workshop training and qualification opportunities.

The Ignite Peterborough programme, which officially launched on Wednesday 5th June, is a free service for young entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30 and is based at the Eco Innovation Centre on City Road.

Cllr Marco Cereste, Leader of Peterborough City Council, who officially launched the programme, said: “I was once a young entrepreneur and can see in these young people the same passion I had to build my own business. But everyone needs support which is why the Ignite Peterborough programme is so fantastic and why I’ve become a mentor myself. Let’s make Peterborough the place for young businesses to flourish!”

Acting Chief Executive at Opportunity Peterborough, Steve Bowyer, commented: “Opportunity Peterborough is really proud to be delivering the Ignite Peterborough programme. We know that small and medium sized businesses are the bedrock of Peterborough and with a growing younger population, these new businesses are the future of the city’s economy. We encourage young people to access the programme and make the most of the support available to help them launch and grow their business in Peterborough”.

Members from existing businesses are being sought to support the young people. For more information about how you can volunteer to mentor, or about the Ignite Peterborough programme, which is specifically designed for young entrepreneurs, please contact Alice Johnson at or call 01733 294 520