Ignite Peterborough sparks the City Centre

Young entrepreneurs, who are part of the Ignite Peterborough programme, showcased their products and services to the public in Cathedral Square last Saturday.

Launched in June 2014, Ignite Peterborough is a programme to provide young entrepreneurs with mentoring, workshop training, funding links and free office space. It is delivered by Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s economic development company, in partnership with Peterborough Regional College.

With support from Peterborough City Council, Ignite entrepreneurs were able to profile their start-up businesses through a variety of activities that took place during the day such as stalls, talks and performances from students at Act Drama UK. The showcased businesses ranged from website developers, media and entertainment companies to comic book and bespoke mirror designers.

Acting Chief Executive at Opportunity Peterborough, Steve Bowyer, commented: “Opportunity Peterborough is delighted to be delivering the Ignite Peterborough programme. We understand the importance of small and medium sized business to Peterborough: and these really are the businesses of the future. We want to work with young people to help them access the right levels of support – the Ignite programme is a great platform for entrepreneurs wanting to grow their business.”

Luke Willcock, owner of Vehicle Bright and an Ignite Peterborough mentee said “The support I receive from Ignite is invaluable; it’s helped me to grow and develop my business. We were all thrilled with the turnout for the takeover event –  it was great for the young entrepreneurs to exhibit their work.”

Ignite supports over 35 young entrepreneurs aged 16-30 in Peterborough and has helped to develop their business ideas through start-up advice and other specialist support services.

To find out more or get involved with the Ignite Programme, contact Alice Johnson at Opportunity Peterborough on 07577433452 or email at: