National commendation for city’s sharing platform
A resource sharing platform that is helping organisations across Peterborough make better use of resources and reduce waste has been highly commended at the Local Government Chronicles (LGC) Awards 2018.
From among eight shortlisted candidates, Share Peterborough, was given special recognition in the environmental services category at the Local Government Chronicles Awards evening held in London on 22 March 2018. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the greatest innovators in the sector that have been selected by some of the most respected council chief executives and senior leaders.
The free sharing platform allows local businesses to share and find resources across the city, from finding a new home for old office furniture, sharing skills, right through to sourcing meeting spaces.
The platform was launched in December 2016 by the Future Peterborough programme and has over 280 organisations registered. Earlier this month a new tracking system was launched on the site to measure the impact of exchanges. The platform now captures the amount of waste being diverted from landfill, the amount of money saved by businesses using the site and the number of hours being donated to local charities or community groups.
The Future Peterborough programme is run jointly by economic development agency Opportunity Peterborough and Peterborough City Council. Share Peterborough is part of the Future Peterborough programme’s circular economy initiative which aims to help the city’s businesses improve their efficiency and resilience by keeping resources in the economy for as long as possible.