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‘Meet the Local Producer’: Gatwick shines light on local produce

Gatwick Airport is opening its doors to invite local food producers to its very first ‘Meet the Local Producer’ event. The event will play host to over 40 local food and beverage producers with buyers across the region from shops, restaurants and hotels, including those at Gatwick, attending.

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With an abundance of quality unique food and beverage in the region the airport is keen to give producers in its locality the opportunity to network with businesses interested in purchasing their goods.

The event will play host to very initial start-ups to more established producers, already suppling major supermarkets. Confirmed producers exhibiting at the event include Crumbs Brewing, Kent Crisps and Harley House Distillery to name just a few.

Businesses are attracted by airports and choose to locate themselves close to airports. As well as continuing to play this pivotal role for the UK economy, the airport is keen to shine a light on the quality food and beverage the region has to offer, from bespoke artisan suppliers.

The airport already stocks several local suppliers. Surrey’s Silent Pool Gin and Kent’s Fudge Kitchen are stocked in the airport’s World Duty Free stores. Marks and Spencer is home to Wimbledon Ale, Kentish Pip ciders and Five Hop Lager from the Hogs Back Brewery Co. in Surrey.

While many of the airport’s restaurants are also home to local producers. Gatwick’s London Bar serves Bathtub Gin from Tunbridge, Ridgeview Wine from East Sussex, Brighton Gin plus Chapeldown Brut from Kent. While the airport’s pubs serve ales from Westerham Brewery and Denbies Whitedown Brut from Surrey.

‘Meet the Local Producer’ will take place 15th October 2019, Gatwick Hilton, 3pm – 6pm.

Interested in procuring local? Please contact community@gatwickairport.com

Gatwick Airport, Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy said:

“We know that many businesses are in proximity to Gatwick, basing themselves in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, as they enjoy having the airport on their doorstep – providing a route to export their produce, travel for business or welcome business colleagues from aboard. 

“With so many companies choosing to locate themselves close to the airport, we are delighted to open our doors and give local food producers the opportunity to network with businesses requiring their goods, as well as potential buyers from across the Gatwick campus. In just one afternoon producers will be able to meet a huge volume of potential buyers – considerably cutting down the legwork involved which might take months otherwise.

“The four counties of Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex have a superb range of local products, including award winning cheeses and sparkling wine to all manner of artisan produce. At Gatwick we want to not only celebrate the very best of the surrounding counties produce but also help buyers from local businesses discover what is on their doorstep.”

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Amazing opportunity as Gatwick looks for a new charity partner

London Gatwick yesterday (3rd Oct ’19) announced that it is seeking a new charity partner, with the successful applicant set to secure a unique opportunity to increase its profile and fund raising possibilities.

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The partnership will last for two years and registered local charities are encouraged to apply before the deadline of 15th November 2019.

The airport will choose the charity that can best improve the lives of local people through the partnership, with applicants also assessed on what the charity wants to achieve from the new relationship, what the money raised will go towards and why it will be a good ‘fit’ with Gatwick and its employees.

In addition to an increase in profile and contributions, Gatwick will encourage the airport’s 3000 staff and its partners to volunteer their time and expertise to the chosen charity and help support fund raising events and projects.

Gatwick has three charity partners at any one time, which it works with to raise funds over the longer term – two local and one airport-based charity. Gatwick’s current ongoing charities are Gatwick TravelCare and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, with Gatwick’s work with St Catherine’s Hospice coming to an end in April 2020 after a double term of four years.

Gatwick TravelCare has been working alongside Gatwick’s terminal teams to assist passengers since 1986.  Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex makes emergency crews available to respond to emergency situations across the region every day of the year.

For community groups that do not have charity status or for those that do not feel a charity partnership would be appropriate, the airport also provides Gatwick Foundation Fund grants Applications for grants in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex can be made via the Gatwick website.

Melanie Wrightson, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport said:

“We are excited about our new partnership and can not wait to see who applies next! If you think your charity could improve the lives of local people in partnership with us, then please apply!

“Our aim for this new partnership is to replicate the success we have had with our previous charity partners.”

Allan McHenry, Assistant Director of Service delivery, Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex said:

“The sponsorship from Gatwick is incredibly important to us. A lot of the people going off on holiday travel through Gatwick and it gives them the opportunity to find out more about our charity and helps us raise our profile”.

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