13 MAR 2017

Redditch business leaders learn of Heathrow expansion plans and get advice on exporting

Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch County, held the latest in her Business Leaders meetings on Friday (10 March 2017) at Osprey House, Heart of Worcestershire College in Albert Street, Redditch.

A busy agenda confronted the 30 top managers, representing businesses in and around Redditch.

First off, Maya Jani, Expansion Procurement Director at Heathrow Airport was on hand to discuss the potential opportunities available for local manufacturing and engineering companies as part of the Heathrow Airport supply chain. She also illuminated on the exciting expansion plans for the airport.

Phoebe Dawson, Growth Hub Manager from Worcestershire Business Central and from Worcestershire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) spoke to the managers about investment opportunities and funding within the county. Linda Smith, Director for International Trade at the Department for International Trade (DIT) then spoke about exporting opportunities for local businesses, and finally, Sophia Haywood, Policy Executive at the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce spoke about how the Chamber supports businesses who export.

Karen, who didn't attend the whole event as she is still recovering from illness, said: "My Business Leaders' meetings go from strength to strength and we seem to find ever interesting and relevant speakers to present to them.

"As we approach Brexit, I felt it was important to provide local businesses with as much help and advice as possible to enable them to spread their wings and look at different markets in which to export, and the speakers today were brilliant."

Karen has a database of over 350 business contacts within her Redditch constituency, but any business which wants to be invited to future meetings should e-mail Karen on karen.lumley.mp@parliament.uk. The next meeting is scheduled for 23 June.

Picture: Linda Smith, Director for International Trade at the Department for International Trade (DIT) spoke to the business leaders about exporting opportunities for local businesses.

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