This year’s event, on 10 November at the Park Inn, Heathrow, consisted of speed dating-style sessions of interviews with procurement managers representing businesses based at Heathrow.
By forging connections and winning new business, this is an opportunity for all UK SMEs to use the airport’s international presence to project their brand and ingenuity globally.
This year’s Heathrow Business Summit took place on Tuesday 10 November at the Park Inn, Heathrow.
Photo by Leslie Sachs I am a 31-year-old woman who has never been on a date. The closest I came was in high school, when I asked a unibrowed record store employee out solely because he wore archaic clothes to and, on the afternoon I entered his store, was listening to a Cheap Suit Serenaders LP.
Our "date" was little more than the public consumption of whiskey; it culminated in the two of us drunkenly falling asleep on his twin-sized mattress.
My second closest brush with a date was with a man I had met earlier that evening.
For nearly 20 years, Heathrow has been creating new opportunities for business through the annual Heathrow Business Summit.
Since these events began, companies have won new business worth an estimated £90m.
Opportunities at the summit include hosting workshops with local SMEs in the boroughs that surround the airport; partnering with procurement and supply management specialists to assist SMEs with advice on how to maximise procurement opportunities with Heathrow; and connecting SMEs to international markets by making the most of its supply, export and growth opportunities.As the UK’s hub airport, Heathrow aims to encourage as many businesses across the country to access the economic benefits and procurement opportunities that the airport offers.So this year, for the first time, Heathrow held its first Business Summit North to encourage even more SMEs to connect to the airport.Heathrow already has 1,200 suppliers from all UK regions.The economic value that was created with the construction of the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal gives a taste of the potential that expansion at Heathrow will create across the UK.The Terminal 2 project created 34,000 jobs in infrastructure, engineering and construction and Heathrow used hundreds of suppliers to deliver the £2.5bn infrastructure project, of which many were small and medium-sized businesses.