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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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Crawley business wins prestigious Queen’s Enterprise Award

Crawley MP Henry Smith has welcomed the announcement that Inspiration Healthcare Group in Crawley has received an award for international trade, as part of more than 200 businesses having been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.



Those businesses were selected for their entrepreneurship, and local company Inspiration Healthcare Group is an example of Crawley’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Henry said;

“I’m delighted that Inspiration Healthcare Group has been recognised by the Queen with such a prestigious award.

“This is just one example of a company in Crawley making a huge contribution not just to our local area, but as an innovative and talented business to our growing economy.

“It’s right that the Government are working hard to create the best possible environment to start and grow businesses, and I’m delighted that we’re seeing recognition for existing firms here in Crawley.”

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, commented;

“We know that the UK is the best place to start and grow a business, which we will build on through our modern Industrial Strategy. These awards recognise great British success stories that are the face of this achievement, and I’m proud that so many small businesses are being celebrated by receiving a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.”

Three quarters of this year’s winners are small and medium sized businesses, demonstrating that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business.

In addition to existing Government support; through the modern Industrial Strategy enhanced backing will be provided, including:

  • Investing £7 billion through the modern Industrial Strategy in new public funding for research and innovation – the largest ever increase.
  • Helping small businesses access the finance they need – since it was established, the British Business Bank has provided support worth £5.9 billion of finance to over 82,000 smaller businesses across the country.
  • Providing small businesses with £200 million to grow and scale-up their operations.
  • Providing a £31 million package of support for small businesses helping them to grow and reach their full potential.
  • Legislating to make it easier for small businesses to access invoice finance, providing a £1 billion long-term boost to the economy.
  • Cutting business rates for small retailers by a third for two years – saving 90 per cent of all shops, pubs and restaurants up to £8,000.

The winners will receive these prestigious awards at a Buckingham Palace reception, where their contribution to the UK economy will be celebrated. These awards recognise businesses for their contribution in four categories, with winners including:

  • 129 International Trade winners
  • 61 Innovation winners
  • Six Sustainable Development winners
  • Five Promoting Opportunity winners

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