Chance to be part of Heathrow chain

Sup­ply chain op­por­tu­ni­ties at sum­mit

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - GREG WRIGHT DEPUTY BUSI­NESS EDITOR ■ Email: greg.wright@ypn.co.uk ■ Twit­ter: @greg­wrightyp

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Busi­ness lead­ers who want to be­come part of Heathrow Air­port’s sup­ply chain have the chance to at­tend a ma­jor busi­ness sum­mit which is due to be held in York­shire later this year. Heathrow be­lieves that the re­gion’s firms can play a vi­tal role in its plans to ex­pand.

EN­TREPRENEURS WHO wish to be­come part of Heathrow Air­port’s sup­ply chain have the chance to at­tend a ma­jor busi­ness sum­mit which is due to be held in York­shire later this year.

Heathrow is tar­get­ing Leeds be­cause the air­port wants to lev­er­age the North­ern Pow­er­house’s strengths in com­plex man­u­fac­tur­ing, sci­ence and in­no­va­tion.

A spokesman for Heathrow said that York­shire firms’ ex­per­tise will be crit­i­cal in help­ing the air­port to de­liver its ex­pan­sion plans.

Phil Wil­bra­ham, Heathrow’s de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, is due to an­nounce busi­ness sum­mits in Manch­ester and Leeds at the Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce’s (BCC’s) an­nual con­fer­ence, which is be­ing held at Heathrow to­day.

He said: “We’ll need more SMEs from the North­ern Pow­er­house in Heathrow’s sup­ply chain to de­liver an ex­panded Heathrow.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Wil­bra­ham, SMEs in the North­ern Pow­er­house could play key roles in de­liv­er­ing an ex­panded hub air­port for the UK, on time and on bud­get.

A spokesman for Heathrow said: “SME in­volve­ment in Heathrow’s sup­ply chain is thriv­ing, driven by mas­sive in­creases over the past three years. To­day, al­most half of Heathrow’s Tier 1 sup­pli­ers are SMEs, com­pared with just over a third three years ago.

“Heathrow is look­ing to ac­tively en­gage with even more SMEs at all lev­els of the sup­ply chain with the launch of busi­ness sum­mits in Manch­ester and Leeds, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful trial with busi­ness sum­mit north last year. The north­ern busi­ness sum­mits will com­ple­ment Heathrow’s flag­ship sum­mit which takes place at the air­port each Novem­ber.”

The spokesman said that SMEs al­ready play a key role in Heathrow’s sup­ply chain, with the air­port spend­ing more than £1.5bn an­nu­ally with over 1,200 sup­pli­ers from around the UK, and their role will grow with the air­port’s ex­pan­sion.

Mr Wil­bra­ham added: “SMEs are the back­bone of the Bri­tish econ­omy and have played an in­dis­pens­able role in help­ing us trans­form Heathrow into a world-class air­port Bri­tain can be proud of.

“We started the Heathrow busi­ness sum­mit 20 years ago and we’ve seen the pro­por­tion of SMEs in our sup­ply chain grow ever since. I’m proud that this year we’re able to host busi­ness sum­mits across the North­ern Pow­er­house – en­abling us to do our part to en­cour­age their con­tin­ued growth.”

Gra­ham Cooper, the West & North York­shire Cham­ber of Com­merce vice-chair­man, said: “The event last year was a great ex­am­ple of how the cham­ber can work with or­gan­i­sa­tions like Heathrow to high­light na­tional sup­ply chain op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses in our re­gion.

“It also demon­strated Heathrow has a gen­uine ap­petite to cre­ate and build long-term re­la­tion­ships with com­pa­nies who op­er­ate within a va­ri­ety of sec­tors. The length and breadth of Heathrow’s sup­ply chain pro­vides a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity, one which I would en­cour­age busi­nesses to take ad­van­tage of.”

The North­ern Pow­er­house Heathrow Busi­ness Sum­mits will take place in Manch­ester on June 7 and in Leeds on Septem­ber 29.

SMEs wish­ing to reg­is­ter for the Manch­ester sum­mit should con­tact events@gm­cham­ber.co.uk and events@wny­cham­ber.co.uk for the Leeds event. More in­for­ma­tion at www.heathrow.com/busi­ness­sum­mit

Heathrow’s sup­ply chain pro­vides a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity. Gra­ham Cooper, West & North York­shire Cham­ber of Com­merce vice-chair­man

PHIL WILBRAHIM: ‘We’ll need more SMEs from the North­ern Pow­er­house in the sup­ply chain.’

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