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Gatwick Airport sponsors Surrey Business Conference



  • Gatwick announced as headline sponsor of Business South Annual Conference 2017
  • Event will bring together business leaders from across Surrey to collaborate on continued prosperity in the region

Gatwick Airport is proud to announce it is to be the headline sponsor of this year’s ‘Joining the Dots in Surrey’ conference, organised by Business South.

The conference, taking place on 24th February at the Holiday Inn, Guildford, will bring together business leaders from across Surrey to look at how working together can help address the key themes of People, Place and Prosperity in the region.

An exciting and diverse programme of speakers from the region has been arranged with keynote speaker announced as David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times.

Gatwick is an important focus for the South East region’s economic activity and is a major employment site, generating around 24,000 direct on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 airport related jobs in the local area.

The airport related supply chain also plays an important role in the economic success of the region and Gatwick Airport Limited currently spends around a third of its total procurement spend (£74m) with businesses in the local area.  We work with a variety of partners to support the growth and success of local businesses, including business to business networking.

Furthermore, 2017 will see the highest level of capital investment in the airport’s history with £250m worth of infrastructure projects planned for delivery, part of the £1.2bn capital investment plan that we will deliver over the next six years.

Alison Addy, Gatwick’s Head of Community Engagement, said:

Gatwick is proud to be the headline sponsor of this year’s conference and we look forward to working closely with Business South to ensure it is a useful and engaging event for all who attend.” 

Local businesses are very important to the airport and we participate in these activities to build a strong local supply chain, boost business and strengthen opportunities for employment and skills development.”

Andy Swift, Surrey Area Director, Business South says:

This conference is the first of its kind, in that we are trying to connect business leaders, government organisations and community groups to champion Surrey as a great area to invest, live and work in. Collectively working together to ensure economic growth and prosperity, we want to involve as many people as possible and give them a voice in shaping priorities for Surrey.

Event Details:

Friday 24th February 2016, 09:00 – 13:00

Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford, GU2 7XZ

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).



The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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