Small and medium-sized Welsh businesses are being offered a unique opportunity to join supply chains at one of the World’s busiest airports – Heathrow.
In 2014/15 Heathrow Airport spent more than £1.3bn on procurement of which only 0.2% was spent within Wales – a percentage which the Welsh Government hopes will increase.
The first Welsh Business Summit will provide Welsh businesses with the opportunity to change this.
One Welsh business already reaping the benefits of working within the Heathrow supply chain is Caldicot-based Pro Steel Engineering.
Director Richard Selby said:
“I’m proud to have led a Welsh business which successfully competed against much bigger firms located in south east England. We were successful in securing the work to fabricate a steel bridge linking a new Premier Inn hotel to the existing bridge network and on to Heathrow Terminal 4. Securing this work has broadened our market reach and helped to introduce us to the wider team at Heathrow.
“Not only is there current demand for ongoing works at Heathrow, but with the £16 billion Heathrow Expansion plans there are additional opportunities for Welsh businesses on the back of a major project, similarly to how we benefited from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”
During the event, Welsh businesses will be able to meet one to one with supply chain businesses and procurement managers, and the chance to win supply chain contracts within the operation at Heathrow and potentially its expansion plans.
Heathrow Airport are specifically looking for businesses that have the capability and capacity to win and maintain ongoing contracts in Construction, Facilities Management, ICT, Food and Drink, Logistics, Manufacturing and Fabrication, Finance, Consulting Engineers and all office activities.
The event takes place on Wednesday 5 July 2017 from 9:30am to 4:00 pm at the Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. Details for businesses interested in taking part are available on the Business Wales website.
Heathrow’s supply chain who will be promoting their procurement opportunities are: Heathrow Procurement Team; NATS; Wilson James, Casual Dining Group; Atkins; Eurest; GE Water and Process Technologies; Vanderlande Industries Ltd; UK Power Network Services; Amalga; Arup; Mace; Turner and Townsend; BEUMER Group; Ferrovial; Balfour Beatty and Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd.