The 2011 Census suggests that 183,700 people live in Peterborough and, according to the McKinsey Report 2011, it is set to be England’s fastest growing city by 2025. Peterborough has a very diverse range of businesses, from innovative SMEs to large global companies. The biggest sectors represented in Peterborough are Finance – with companies such as Handelsbanken, Clydesdale, Barclays, Royal Sun Alliance, Travelex, Diligenta and BGL (home of the Meerkat!) – and Manufacturing – with companies such as Caterpillar Perkins, Dresser-Rand and Redring Xpelair.
Rutland is a rural county and the 2011 Census showed that it had a population of 37,369. Over 3000 businesses are based in Rutland covering a diverse range of sectors. The largest employers in the area are in the Health and Manufacturing sectors, however Tourism also plays a big part as the area is very popular with tourists.
Fenland is another growing population with 95,300 residents recorded in the 2011 Census. Fenland is traditionally known for its agricultural industry, however it is also home to a wide range of businesses in the Food and Drink, Manufacturing, Storage and Distribution sectors.
The population of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk was estimated as 143,500 in the 2007 Consensus with around 30% of the Borough’s population living in King’s Lynn. Technology and Manufacturing are the biggest sectors represented in the area, however the area also has strengths in Engineering, Electronics, Food Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Materials Sciences and Medical Technologies.