A rapidly growing city in the East of England with ambitions to create the UK’s Environment Capital, Peterborough is already home to a large number of businesses that are committed to sustainability.
Now, the city is hosting eleven top sustainability graduates from across the country as part of Peterborough DNA – a government funded Future Cities Demonstrator programme that is trialling ways to shape smarter cities.
The graduates are halfway through their six-month placement scheme to help Peterborough firms reduce their environmental impact and implement sustainable innovations. Pioneering companies hosting the graduates include AB Agri, an international business operating in the agriculture industry, and Redring Xpelair, the parent company of four market-leading brands in ventilation and water management.
Steve Bowyer, acting chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s economic development company, is director of Peterborough DNA. He explains: “The graduates taking part in this scheme are gaining invaluable first-hand experience of how to improve the sustainability of businesses. At the same time, companies based in Peterborough are benefitting from insight, knowledge and practical implementation to reduce their environmental impact and initiate innovative new sustainability projects. It helps to demonstrate the benefits of having a university and a skilled workforce in the city.”
Timothy Wilson, one of the graduates currently based at AB Agri, a company leading the way in sustainable agriculture, is working on a research project gaining insight into the supply chain and the raw materials that are
currently sourced. His specific focus has been on social responsibility and ethical risk. Timothy comments: “My role is to work with procurement teams and lead buyers from across the business network to build up a central repository of knowledge to enable relationships to be built around a responsible and resilient supply chain.
“With a supply chain extending over 45 countries, this is a real challenge and I am thoroughly enjoying the wide variety of work I have been involved in since joining three months ago. The experience has not only been invaluable but has been genuinely rewarding.”