UPDATE (9 Sept 2015): Cornwall Chamber of Commerce supports Heathrow expansion, bring total to 33 CoCs
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has today come out in favour of Heathrow’s expansion plans, citing the increased connectivity it would bring and the supply chain opportunities for the area as key factors. Cornwall makes it 33 Chambers of Commerce across the UK supporting Heathrow expansion.
Speaking in the Western Morning News, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Kim Conchie described why they are supporting Heathrow.
“But having listened closely to the debates for over two years, we feel Heathrow’s plan not only secures access to the City of London for Cornwall, it also offers the Duchy connectivity to global markets which will provide increased import and export opportunities,” Conchie said.
“Heathrow has made a binding commitment to be the World’s leading airport in the areas of recycling, renewable technology and sustainable solutions; Cornwall’s growing expertise in these sectors coupled with increased connectivity means that the County will be given the opportunity to play an important role in the global supply chain.”
“Heathrow has made a binding commitment to be the World’s leading airport in the areas of recycling, renewable technology and sustainable solutions; Cornwall’s growing expertise in these sectors coupled with increased connectivity means that the County will be given the opportunity to play an important role in the global supply chain.” – Kim Conchie, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce CEO
Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, praised the announcement in the same article saying:
“I am pleased that the Chamber of Commerce has also placed its weight behind the Heathrow bid. We now have a united front of Newquay Cornwall Airport, politicians and the business community all with the same message,” Double said.
“I have been supporting the Heathrow bid for the past 12 months and will continue to press the Government to confirm its choice for airport expansions as soon as possible.
“Read the full article here.
UPDATE (Feb 3, 2015): 32 Chambers of Commerce across UK support Heathrow expansion
Additional Chambers of Commerce have now come on board to support Heathrow – taking the number to 32.
The full list of Chambers who are supporting Heathrow expansion:
- Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
- Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce
- Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
- Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce
- Doncaster Chamber of Commerce
- East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
- Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
- Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce
- Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
- Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce
- Hounslow Chamber of Commerce
- Inverness Chamber of Commerce
- Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
- Liverpool Chamber of Commerce
- London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Maidenhead & District Chamber of Commerce
- Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
- North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
- Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce
- North East Chamber of Commerce
- Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
- Scottish Chambers of Commerce
- South Wales Chamber of Commerce
- Shropshire Chamber of Commerce
- South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce
- Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce
- Swindon & Wiltshire Initiative
- Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
- West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber
- West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
- West London Business
- Windsor District Chamber of Commerce
Oct 27: 23 UK Chambers of Commerce voice Heathrow expansion support
In an open letter to the Airports Commission published today (October 27), 23 Chambers of Commerce representing over 40,000 businesses from across the UK have outlined the unique benefits a stronger hub at Heathrow would bring to British business.
As one of only 6 airports worldwide with more than 50 long haul routes, the Chambers recognise that only an expanded Heathrow is capable of keeping all of Britain at the heart of the global economy by continuing to put on the flights that drive tourism, inward investment and connect British business to the fast growing markets in Asia and South America.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said the letter highlights Heathrow’s “critical role” in the UK economy.
“More and more people across the UK are recognising the critical role Heathrow plays in the success of the British economy. Business is telling the Commission that Heathrow is geographically in the best location, is the only airport that can deliver flights to the world’s growth markets and the only option that has exports front and centre of its expansion plans,” John Holland-Kaye said.
“With over 25% of all British exports going through Heathrow, compared to only 4% at Gatwick, businesses up and down the country are making it clear that Heathrow is the only option that can help Britain with the race for growth.” – John Holland-Kaye
The Chambers called on businesses across the UK to support Heathrow during the Airports Commission’s national consultation or risk the UK falling behind European hub rivals.
The full letter reads:
A successful aviation industry is vital for UK economic growth. We all support our local airports and want them to grow their route network and flourish. But Heathrow provides the UK with something different. Heathrow is our hub airport, and one of only 6 airports worldwide with more than 50 long haul routes. We need it to expand to continue to put on the flights that drive tourism, inward investment and connect our businesses to key markets in places like China, India, Brazil. The Airports Commission process is the UK’s last chance to expand our hub airport. Our European rivals will be watching with interest to see if the UK wants to remain a country with major global links, or if we are happy to export that advantage, and the jobs and growth with it, to Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. As Chambers of Commerce across the UK we are also following this debate closely. The expansion of the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow, will benefit my region and I will be making my voice heard in the Airports Commission national consultation.
Ensuring the whole of the UK is connected to growth is central to Heathrow’s proposals for expansion. The airport has established an independent National Connectivity Task Force, charged with developing concrete policy proposals and recommendations for improving regional access at an expanded Heathrow.
Members include representatives of national airports, Chambers of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnerships, business people from around the UK and airlines.
A final report from the Task Force is due before the end of 2014 and will inform on-going discussions with the Airports Commission on airport capacity expansion in the south east.
To find out more about how an expanded Heathrow will help connect the UK regions as well as take advantage of rail upgrades, click here.