Gatwick hosts world leading firms to inspire exports

07 March 2017

Gatwick Airport has once again teamed up with the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign to host a conference designed to help businesses grow internationally.

Targeted at small to medium business owners from London and the South East, ‘Take Off 2017: Growing Your Business Abroad’ will bring together a host of established exporters, government figures and support organisations to provide a mixture of practical advice and inspiration for those who are looking to expand their business to overseas markets.

Hosted by Michael Hayman MBE, co-founder of PR firm Seven Hills and co-author of ‘Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through’, delegates will enjoy a series of fast-paced speeches and interactive panel discussions as well as superb networking opportunities.

Taking place at the Hilton Gatwick Airport on Thursday 30th March, the event will focus on encouraging first-time exports, scaling up and eCommerce. Confirmed speakers so far include representatives of King of Shaves, Ridgeview Wines, Little Coffee Bag Company, the Department for International Trade, Gatwick, PayPal, Funding Circle, the Institute of Export, Norwegian Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Expanding trade with overseas markets has never been so important and Gatwick’s recent growth, particularly to long-haul markets (up 26.8% in 2016), is playing a vital role in connecting local businesses to overseas opportunities.

Gatwick long-haul network now reaches over 50 destinations and accounted for 14 per cent of the UK’s aviation connectivity in 2016, delivering productivity benefits to the UK estimated at £1.1 billion.

 Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting TAKE OFF once again as we recognise small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and Gatwick is the gateway to their global markets.

At Gatwick, we are proud of our role in supporting local businesses and work hard to ensure they have affordable access to overseas markets. Our offering is all about innovation, value for money and driving efficiency, much like the early-stage businesses who will attend TAKE OFF 2017.”

To register for the free event, please visit:

Event details:

  • Date: Thursday 30th March 2017
  • Time: 0830 hrs to 1400 hrs
  • Location: Hilton Gatwick Airport
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