Businesses gear up for summit

Thu 30 July 2015, 5:25 pm

Hillingdon businesses are preparing to take part in the Heathrow Business Summit, which takes place in November.

Small and medium-sized companies will attend The Park Inn by Radison hotel on Bath Road in Heathrow, to take advantage of opportunities to connect and trade with large businesses based in and around the airport. 

Stuart Wallis is group HR and procurement manager for On-Site London, which is a privately-owned recruitment company with 35 employees that specialises in the construction and mechanical industries. His companyattended the event last year to increase business opportunities with new and existing clients.

Wallis said: “I first heard about the Heathrow Business Summit online, and wasn’t sure if it was going to be right kind of event for us, but it turned out to be excellent for our business.  We booked appointments with buyers, but also had ample opportunity to speak to other SMEs which was a fantastic networking opportunity.

“Because of the business summit we have forged very valuable contracts with Balfour Beatty.  On-Site London now work with many of Balfour Beatty’s second tier sub-contractors supplying workers.  Balfour Beatty is now signatory sponsors for On-Site London to work with their own supply chain for the next three years.  This success has all stemmed from us meeting at the Heathrow Business Summit. Through securing more work, we have been able to keep more of our employees secure in their jobs for the next few years – a major plus for us. We will definitely be returning to the Heathrow Business Summit for years to come.

“My advice for businesses attending for the first time would be to prepare – do your research in advance on the buyers you will be meeting. Also, check the free slots board. You can pick up some really good appointments on the day.”

To register for the Heathrow Business Summit or find out more information, click here

Before the event, Heathrow is running a free workshop for Hillingdon businesses on 9 September, where they can find out how to best prepare for the event and meet some of Heathrow’s procurement team. To register, email Claire.Stepney@Prospects.co.uk.

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