Heathrow contracts up for grabs at Welsh business summit in Cardiff

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Published 4th July 2019

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Welsh business owners will meet with Heathrow bosses today as the UK’s biggest airport invites SMEs from across the country for the opportunity to become Heathrow suppliers.

Over 120 SMEs from across the country will meet with Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport and Heathrow’s major suppliers in Cardiff to learn how their businesses might help the hub airport grow.

This news comes shortly after the unveiling of the £14bn expansion masterplan, a project which could present significant opportunities for Wales.

Summit forms part of the Statement of Intent with the Welsh Government which aims to help maximise job creation in Wales and create manufacturing and supply chain opportunities for businesses across the country.

Welsh business owners will meet with Heathrow’s top suppliers to bid for opportunities to become part of the airport’s supply chain as the airport prepares to expand. Successful bidders could have the opportunity to play a part in one of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects. Over 120 SMEs from across the country are expected to attend today’s Heathrow Business Summit in Cardiff where they will have the opportunity to meet Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport.

As Heathrow consults on its £14bn expansion masterplan, the airport is looking to invite innovative business from across Wales to help find new and unique solutions to the challenges it faces when delivering a project of this scale. During the summit, Heathrow will be looking for businesses that can support the construction of the expanded airport as well as provide useful solutions that will provide world-class passenger experience. Successful contracts have been awarded to businesses based in the facilities, retail and construction sector, including Pro Steel Engineering Ltd based in Calidcott.

Working with small businesses from around the country, helps the airport to have a diverse and resilient supply chain which helps to deliver projects on time and on budget, whilst spreading economic benefits outside of London and the South East.

This will be the third time Heathrow has bought its suppliers to Wales, enabling innovative SMEs to connect with them during scheduled one-on-one meetings where they can get acquainted with Heathrow’s work standards and requirements, along with upcoming opportunities to supply. The meetings also cement relationships which could also be leveraged for further work outside of Heathrow’s expansion project.

This news coincides with the launch of Heathrow’s Procurement Portal which allows companies interested in being part of the Expansion project to register their interest. All registrants will then be invited to the Heathrow Expansion Supplier Conference, in Birmingham on September 4th, kicking off the airport’s Expansion market engagement activities.

Earlier this year, Heathrow also announced the two Welsh sites that remain in the running to potentially become Logistics Hubs. These sites are bidding to construct vital parts of the expanded airport off-site, before transporting them to the airport in consolidated loads. This method of construction will deliver the project more efficiently and sustainably, while spreading the jobs and apprenticeship opportunities of expansion. TATA Shotton in Deeside and ABP Port in Cardiff have both been shortlisted in this search and will learn whether they are one of the final four sites next year.

Heathrow’s Chief Financial Officer, Javier Echave, who attended the event said: “We’re delighted to be in Wales, a nation with strong manufacturing, tourism and technology sectors. It is these sorts of businesses we continue to look for as we prepare to expand with an even bigger and better supply chain.

Our future partners will also help deliver growth at Heathrow in a carbon neutral way, as we look to implement new delivery solutions and technology which will help tackle the biggest challenge facing a generation.

– Heathrow Chief Financial Officer, Javier Echave 

Our future partners will also help deliver growth at Heathrow in a carbon neutral way, as we look to implement new delivery solutions and technology which will help tackle the biggest challenge facing a generation.

“Heathrow has a strong relationship with Wales and we’re looking forward to strengthening this further by unlocking the talent within the 125 businesses and industries at today’s summit wanting to partner with our airport as we build its next chapter.”

The Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters said: “Today’s summit will help ensure Welsh companies are in the best position possible to benefit from this major infrastructure project.

It’s particularly pleasing to see the Airport engage with some of our best SMEs and smaller potential suppliers as we look to ensure that businesses of all sizes in Wales get maximum return from investment elsewhere.

– Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters

It’s particularly pleasing to see the Airport engage with some of our best SMEs and smaller potential suppliers as we look to ensure that businesses of all sizes in Wales get maximum return from investment elsewhere. This is also a chance for Welsh Government and Welsh businesses to again make clear the importance of the long awaited Western Rail link to and from Heathrow, something I know many are waiting for with impatience.”

Click here to find out more information about the 2019 Heathrow Business Summits.

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By Heathrow

Published 4th July 2019