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Article from BTNews 3 DECEMBER 2018

Heathrow in local business drive

Hundreds of local, small and medium-sized enterprises have laid the groundwork for procuring work with Heathrow’s biggest suppliers ahead of contracts being released for the airport’s expansion programme.

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

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 15min appointments with a mix of the airport’s business partners, using the opportunity to tender their products and services to the airport’s major contractors.

The event marked the end of what has been a record year for the programme, with nearly 1,000 SMEs from every corner of the UK meeting with the airport’s biggest suppliers at 10 summits across the UK.

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


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