December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Companies from across the East of England are expected to generate new business worth millions of pounds at Stansted Airport’s annual Meet the Buyers, which it taking place today.
More than 150 local suppliers and 35 buyers are attending the day-long event, which last year gave local companies the platform to generate a least £1.3million of new business.
The event, organised by the BE Group, allows small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and entrepreneurs direct access to companies based at, or close to, Stansted Airport to market and sell their goods.
In total an estimated 1,000 meetings will take place during the event today, which is being staged at the Stansted Hilton Hotel.
Hosting a business breakfast to kick-off proceedings, Andrew Harrison, Stansted Airport’s managing director, said: “London Stansted ‘Meet the Buyers’ is fast becoming the ‘must do event’ in the local business calendar and this year is no exception with a record 35 buyers confirmed, including new organisations like the Ministry of Defence and Aviva.
“Under the new ownership of MAG, I am determined to make Stansted the ‘best airport in London’. We’re already established as a world leader at serving the low-cost airline sector, with a route network stretching to around 150 destinations and more direct scheduled European flights than any other airport in the UK.
“But the focus now is to broaden the route network, invest in new terminal facilities, offer passengers and business more choice and create a richer mix of airlines operating out of Stansted, including long-haul carriers.
“These opportunities won’t just benefit MAG but also the 10,000 employees and 190 firms on site and the wider business community across the region. I want everyone to share in the success and benefit from the new and exciting vision MAG is bringing to Stansted.
“With a growing international airport on the doorstep, a thriving entrepreneurial spirit and more small and medium sized businesses than Scotland and Northern Ireland combined, this region has a lot to offer the UK plc and this is where ‘Meet the Buyers’ can help.”
Besides the Ministry of Defence, organisations attending the event include UK Power Networks, Lotus Cars, Essex & Suffolk Water, Uttlesford and East Herts district councils and Suffolk and Norfolk county councils.
Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee said: “Suffolk County Council’s key priority for the coming year is to support economic growth and jobs in our region.
“We are delighted to be attending Stansted’s ‘Meet the Buyers’ again this year and hope to engage with a diverse supplier base to explore opportunities that may be available to us all. Local government is responsible for a significant part of public spending, and I believe it is only right that we are expected to play our part in finding more efficient ways to do this.”
Simon Jackson from Uttlesford District Council added: “While the economy remains in a fragile state, there is not a better opportunity to meet quality businesses in such a short space of time.”
Stansted Airport is the biggest single-site employer in the eastern region with more than 10,200 people working for nearly 200 on-airport companies. Besides offering more than 150 international passenger connections, it also handles more than 200,000 tonnes of cargo a year.