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Peterborough has a diverse and robust economy. From innovative SMEs to large global headquarters, our local companies are pushing the bounds of innovation and sustainability, and they're growing.
With five high performing business sectors - advanced engineering & manufacturing, agri-tech, food & drink, digital & creative, energy & environment and financial services - Peterborough fared well during the national and global economic downturn with increased investor confidence underpinned by the city’s ambitions and new initiatives to support economic growth.
2014 saw a record 1,918 new companies started in Peterborough, compared with the 2013 year-end total of 1,503. The Net company growth in 2014 (the balance between business births and deaths) was also at a record high of 825, compared to the 2013 figure of 596.
The confidence in the local economy has been endorsed by a number of new arrivals, most notably House of Fraser which is poised to create 1,000 jobs, as well as exceptional growth from companies already based here. Roxhill Development has launched ‘Gateway Peterborough’, which will create up to 8,000 jobs over five million square feet of employment space close to the A1(M). The heart of the city is also seeing an explosion of activity in the restaurant and retail sector, with new arrivals such as, Bill’s, Argo Lounge, Handmade Burger Company and Cote recently opening their doors.
The fall in unemployment in Peterborough further adds to the positive economic picture, with the city seeing a 38% reduction in claimants in 2015.
Within our population of around 194,000 we have a slightly younger demographic profile in comparison to the UK and Eastern region, with 41% of the population aged 29 and under compared with 37% in the UK and 36% in the East. Peterborough also has a lower proportion of people aged 65+ in comparison to the regional and national averages.
Peterborough has a diverse and multicultural community with our population made up of around 13% non-white British compared to 12% in England and 7% in the region. Local residents benefit from an excellent house-price-to-earnings ratio. Property is attractive, affordable and plentiful and we also have one of the highest ratios of green space per person in the UK.
Updated November 2016
For further details on Peterborough's economy, please contact Opportunity Peterborough.