Busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties could be tak­ing off

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

THE pro­posed ex­pan­sion of Heathrow Air­port is set to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bucks.

Di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal af­fairs at Heathrow Air­port, Nigel Milton, told mem­bers of Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship (BTVLEP) board of busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties aris­ing from the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of Heathrow Air­port.

He said in­creased flight ca­pac­ity could ben­e­fit the lo­cal econ­omy through ac­cess to new mar­kets, sup­port­ing re­duced flight costs and pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment and skills op­por­tu­ni­ties for the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties around the air­port site.

Mr Milton said the pro­posed ex­pan­sion, which could see the North West Run­way op­er­a­tional from 2025, would dou­ble the num­ber of ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties to 10,000 and pro­vide up to 40,000 lo­cal jobs.

Alex Pratt, chair­man of Buck­ing­hamshire Thames Val­ley Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship, said: “The de­vel­op­ment of air ca­pac­ity around Lon­don is of para­mount im­por­tance to the econ­omy of the UK and in par­tic­u­lar to busi­nesses in ar­eas such as Buck­ing­hamshire that ben­e­fit through close ac­cess to the main in­ter­na­tional hubs.

"BTVLEP is keen to en­sure a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the pro­pos­als is made by the end of the year and will be press­ing gov­ern­ment to en­sure that there is no slip­page on a fi­nal de­ci­sion. It will be im­por­tant to work to min­imise po­ten­tial down­sides as well as to max­imise the up­side po­ten­tial.”

The Heathrow Busi­ness Sum­mit will be held at the Radis­son Ho­tel, Heathrow on Novem­ber 10 and pro­vides an ideal op­por­tu­nity or small and medium sized busi­nesses to learn more about the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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