Over 290 appointments were made by SME’s to meet with Heathrow’s key suppliers

In October, the Scottish Chambers of Commerce were delighted to attend and support the Scottish leg of the Heathrow Business Summit.

The annual summits allow businesses the opportunity to access and create lasting connections with Heathrow’s suppliers as well as hear from Heathrow’s partners during the breakfast networking session and meet other like-minded businesses.

Delegates met with key members of Heathrow’s supply chain including companies such as Balfour Beatty, Babcock, Mott MacDonald, Beumer Group and Wilson James.

The day began with a series of speeches including Ross Baker, Chief Commercial Officer for Heathrow and Charandeep Singh, Deputy Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

Following this, delegates were given the opportunity to network over breakfast before attending appointment sessions with supply chain members, representing a variety of sectors.

Throughout the day there were over 290 appointments made by SME’s to meet with 21 members of Heathrow’s suppliers.

Heathrow’s Chief Commercial Officer Ross Baker said: “We are proud to be back in Scotland, a nation with thriving construction and tourism sectors that will help us to successfully build a third runway at Heathrow. This Summit further demonstrates our commitment to providing Scotland with thousands of new jobs, one of the first Heathrow off-site Logistics Hubs and numerous new investment opportunities with expansion.

“We remain focused on honouring the commitments within our MoU with the Scottish Government and look forward to seeing more Scottish businesses make their mark at Heathrow, by securing work with the expansion programme.”

Scottish Chambers of Commerce Deputy Chief Executive Charandeep Singh said: “The Scottish Chambers of Commerce Network are a proud and active partner of the Heathrow Business Summit. As well as supporting Scottish businesses to capture the commercial opportunities from the third Runway, we have always been a vocal business network when it comes to improving, enhancing and increasing Scotland’s international connectivity. The expansion will act as an economic catalyst – one that will connect our people and businesses with trade and travel opportunities across the UK and the globe.

“The Heathrow Business Summit is more than just an event – it’s about paving the way for an economic legacy that Scotland and the UK can capitalise on for years to come.”

Heathrow’s Business Summit has grown from ten last year to eleven events this year, putting Heathrow well on track to deliver on its commitment to establish Summits in all 12 regions of the UK by 2025.

Contact sdivers@scottishchambers.org.uk to register for any future supply chain events.