Stansted helps local firms do business

STANSTED Airport said it was “only right” that local businesses share in the economic benefits it brings as it launched a new guide The airport, owned by BAA, underlined its commitment to local firms by producing a new guide containing tips on how to do business with the airport and key information on how its supply chain works.

STANSTED Airport said it was “only right” that local businesses share in the economic benefits it brings as it launched a new guide

The airport, owned by BAA, underlined its commitment to local firms by producing a new guide containing tips on how to do business with the airport and key information on how its supply chain works.

The publication provides a break-down of the process that Stansted uses to find suppliers for the airport, highlights useful websites and contact information for businesses, and showcases some of the local companies that have succeeded in joining the supply chain.

Stansted's director of communications Mark Pendlington said if a business had a product that is “of the right quality and of the right price”, they should have every opportunity of doing business with the airport.


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“We know that an airport can create significant economic benefits for many people and businesses close to it, both directly and indirectly,” he said.

“We also recognise that Stansted Airport is part of a vibrant local community and it is only right that the community shares in the economic benefits of having an international airport on its doorstep.

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“That is why we're committed to working with local businesses wherever possible - part of that commitment is producing this guide to help businesses who would like to work with BAA learn more about where to start.”

Claire Dobson, of Impact Company Clothing, which won a clothing order with BAA for the World Scout Jamboree earlier this year, said contacting the right people was very important.

“To gain business with BAA I believe an understanding of the airport supply chain is essential,” she said.

“It is very important when working with large organisations like BAA that you contact the right people and if you spend time building up relationships within BAA's supply chain, then your success will soon spread.”

Stansted is also organising its next Meet the Buyers showcase, which takes place at Down Hall Hotel on February 26 next year.

In the last five years, more than £10million worth of orders have been placed through the event, which enables suppliers based in the region to more effectively market their goods and services and do business with companies based at or close to the airport.

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