Hundreds of businesses from across the East of England are expected to generate new business deals worth millions of pounds at the Stansted Airport Meet the Buyers event (Oct 15).
Now in its 15th year, Meet the Buyers is a key part of Stansted’s commitment to the communities around the airport and gives local businesses the opportunity to win more business and improve their sales prospects.
Over 200 firms are attending the event which last year gave local companies the platform to generate nearly £2 million of new business. It is taking place at the airport’s prestigious Inflite Business Aviation terminal.
Organisations attending include Essex County Council, Braintree District Council, Uttlesford District Council, Luggage Point, the NHS London Procurement Partnership, Bouygues, Strutt & Parker LLP and Levertech Engineering Services.
Writing in the Meet the Buyers 2015 programme, Andrew Harrison said:
“The last 12 months have been incredibly exciting for Stansted and MAG. We’re halfway through a £260 million investment programme and nearing completion of an £80 million terminal transformation project to improve the passenger experience and attract new airlines. The long term deals we have signed with our existing airlines are bearing fruit with over 30 new routes introduced, including more business destinations and new long haul leisure destinations to the US and Mexico. To top it all off passenger numbers have hit 22 million and we’re now the fastest growing airport in the UK, which is great news for the region and great news for the business community.
“These growth opportunities don’t just benefit MAG but also the 11,000 employees and 200+ firms on site and the wider business community across the region who benefit for over £1bn worth of regional economic output. We want everyone to share in the success from this exciting chapter in Stansted’s history. This is where Meet the Buyers can help.
“Last year the event generated £1.9 million in new sales and business opportunities for local and regional companies. This is an incredible achievement and proven to be an invaluable business and networking event for local businesses. This year, we’re again focusing on ensuring that suppliers get to meet as wide a range of businesses as possible, including key first and second tier suppliers who procure a significant number of services at the airport. Events like Meet the Buyers provide an excellent opportunity for suppliers to meet key businesses from in and around the airport.”
Fomara Print in Southend, formed in 1971, is just one firm in Essex to have benefited from attending a Meet the Buyers event at Stansted. Its Managing Director, Phil Wilce, explains:
“Stansted Airport Meet the Buyers clearly opens the door to new business opportunities and every time we’ve attended it has resulted in us taking on at least two new customers and that’s something we very much intend to continue taking advantage of. It is a unique opportunity for us to grow our business and is first on the list of events we go to every year.”
Stansted Airport is the biggest single site employer in the East with over 11,000 people working for over 200 on-airport companies. Not only does the airport offer more than 170 international connections that are vital for growth in UK trade and investment, it also handles thousands of tonnes of cargo helping to connect SMEs with the global marketplace.
Meet the Buyers is organised by Stansted Airport and run by Business and Enterprise Group and Bishop’s Stortford based Marketing Kinetics.