22nd Heathrow Business Summit a success as businesses line up line up to secure expansion work

By Chris Loy

Published 29th November 2018

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Following a UK-wide tour from Belfast to Birmingham, the flagship Heathrow Business Summit welcomed over 250 local SMEs to The Hilton Hotel T5 on Tuesday, setting a record for the largest attendance in the event’s history.

  • Hundreds of SMEs put in the groundwork for business opportunities at the Heathrow Business Summit
  • The 22nd annual flagship Summit marks the grand finale in what has been a record year for the UK-wide SME growth programme
  • 50 of Heathrow’s top suppliers discuss current procurement opportunities with a 250-strong audience including businesses from Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne

The Summit, which celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, saw 50 of Heathrow’s top suppliers discuss real contract opportunities with an audience including local businesses from Slough, Spelthorne, Ealing, Hounslow and Hillingdon.

Businesses took part in 15-minute appointments with a mix of the airport’s business partners, using the opportunity to tender their products and services to Heathrow’s major contractors.

Representatives from the Department of International Trade and UK Export Finance were also on hand to provide information on how businesses can export their products through Heathrow, the UK’s biggest port by value.

For over 20 years, the Heathrow Business Summit has been connecting SMEs to new opportunities for growth locally, nationally and internationally.

Summits have presented one of the best markets for networking, with over £93million worth of deals won by SMEs through the partnerships formed at the events. With a master plan for airport expansion expected mid-2019, there will soon be even more opportunity to join or have a larger share in Heathrow’s supply-chain.

At the opening of the event, Heathrow’s Chief Financial Officer Javier Echave, said, “We are delighted to welcome a record crowd of strong and supportive local businesses who recognise the wealth of opportunities available to them both now and with expansion.”

Going forward, we want to make sure that we are engaging early with SMEs, ensuring that they are in our supply chain, poised and ready to take advantage of expansion at Heathrow.

Javier Echave, Heathrow COO

“Heathrow has attracted some of the best UK businesses to the local area, supporting local jobs and a strong local economy.

“Going forward, we want to make sure that we are engaging early with SMEs, ensuring that they are in our supply chain, poised and ready to take advantage of expansion at Heathrow.”

Over £93 million of deals…

The flagship Heathrow Business Summit marks the end of what has been a record year for the programme. This year, nearly 1,000 SMEs from every corner of the UK have met with the airport’s biggest suppliers at 10 Summits across the UK.

Next year, Heathrow will take the Summit series back on the road, visiting 10 regional locations ahead of another flagship event. Tour locations and dates will be announced early 2019.

For more information on Heathrow’s Business Summit programme, head to www.heathrowbusinesssummit.co.uk/

Who was there?

Heathrow Business Summit Supplier List

• Aviation Business Continuity
• APCOA Parking
• Amalga
• Atkins
• AIQ Consulting
• AFI-Uplift
• Babcock International
• Babcock Marine
• Balfour Beatty
• Beumer Group
• Dyer & Butler
• Computa Center
• Compass Group
• Capgemini
• Dyer & Butler Electrical
• Edmont
• Ferrovial Agroman
• Fujitsu
• Guidant Group
• Mace
• Kilnbridge Construction
• Jacobs
• ISS UK
• Honeywell Building Solutions
• Menzie Aviation
• Mitie
• Morgan Sindall
• Nationwide Platforms
• Nationwide Windows
• Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport
• SHB Vehicle Hire
• Palmers Scaffolding
• OmniServ
• Newview Homes
• Thomas Interiors
• ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems
• Trinity Fire
• Turner & Townsend
• UK Power Networks
• World Duty Free
• Wilson James
• Vanderlande
• Arup
• Caviar House
• Cognizant
• Sita

Heathrow Business Summit Exhibitor List

• London Borough of Ealing
• Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
• West London Business
• West Met Skills
• Hillingdon Chamber of Commerce
• London Borough of Hounslow
• Hounslow Chamber of Commerce
• Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce
• Windsor Forest College Group
• London Borough of Spelthorne
• Surrey Chamber of Commerce
• Business South
• Brooklands College
• Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
• Department for International Trade
• UK Export Finance

By Chris Loy

Published 29th November 2018