BIG BUSINESSES OPEN DOORS TO LOCAL SUPPLIERS AT GATWICK DIAMOND ‘MEET THE BUYERS EVENT’ 2012

13 July 2012

Around 120 local suppliers from 92 companies turned out to meet procurement managers from 35 companies across a range of disciplines including aviation, catering, construction, engineering and medical services.

A group of large corporate buyers have met with local businesses at this year’s ‘Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers’ event, held yesterday (12th July 2012) at the Arora Hotel, Crawley, hoping to repeat last year’s success which led to approximately £5 million worth of business won.

Around 120 local suppliers from 92 companies turned out to meet procurement managers from 35 companies across a range of disciplines including aviation, catering, construction, engineering and medical services.

Support from the Gatwick Diamond Initiative enabled local firms to attend at a subsidised rate and take advantage of pre-arranged sales appointments with their choice of buyers and a range of workshops, held across the region. With significant levels of new business contracts on offer, the event highlights the opportunities for local companies of all sizes to become part of a greater supply chain for companies including Balfour Beatty Group, Gatwick Airport Limited and new-to-the-region, Nestlé UK.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative hosted the launch breakfast attended by business leaders and policy makers from across the region. She said:  “As a key sponsor of this event together with Gatwick Airport, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council, we recognise the importance of encouraging procurement opportunities in these difficult economic times. We are thrilled to note new buyers’ participation and hope to build on the success of the event in previous years.”

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said “Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are innovative, flexible and often offer better value for money, yet it can be hard for smaller companies to get their foot through the door. That’s why events like today’s Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers event are so important. They give SMEs a chance to make informal connections with buyers, find out about emerging opportunities and pitch ideas. Successful SMEs are crucial to the future of this country and can save taxpayers money with innovative new ideas.”

Derek Hendry, Construction Director at Gatwick Airport concluded the breakfast by reporting on progress of the £1.2 billion investment programme at the airport, before announcing the ‘Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2012’ event officially open for business.

 
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