Posted on 21st June 2016
20th June 2016 – Business Leaders show support for Gatwick Second Runway
Representatives from 36 Business Groups based across the region presented a letter to the PM stating why Gatwick is the right location for the next Runway.
The letter was presented by
Jeremy Taylor, CEO, Gatwick Diamond Business
Dean Orgill, Chairman, Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
Paul Roe, President, Crawley and Gatwick Chamber of Commerce
Trevor Morgan, Croydon Business Improvement District
Brett North, Crawley businessman
Yvonne Prior, Horley Resident
The 36 Groups have a combined membership in excess of 15,000 businesses who, it is estimated, employ over 100,000 people.
These groups, the businesses and their employees live and work in villages, towns and cities from South London to the South Coast and so they understand the impact of a second runway alongside the economic and societal benefits.
Jeremy Taylor of Gatwick Diamond Business, who co-ordinated the support for the letter said
“This is the clearest indication the PM needs that the next runway for the country should be built at Gatwick. It is the cheapest and most deliverable option that causes the lowest impact of the schemes under consideration.
“Those who oppose have made a lot of noise for a very small number of people; the quiet majority now feel it is their turn to be heard.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive of Coast to Capital LEP said: “We strongly support an early decision by Ministers on the provision of a new runway in the South East of England. Our preference is for a second runway at Gatwick, which will create tens of thousands of new jobs and contribute £1.7Bn per year to the local economy.”
Local businessman, Brett North, joined the group and said: “The connectivity that we get from Gatwick Airport is vital to our business. With a £60million investment in our site in Crawley, we know that a second runway at Gatwick will bring us opportunities with new and existing markets.”
The group was also joined by a representative of the community. Retired airport worker Yvonne Prior, who worked in the Route Development Team, helps to run a highly popular community Facebook group (www.facebook.com/GatwickRunway2) supporting the Runway.
Yvonne said: “For many people who live and work in the region, Gatwick is a vital employer. Whether you are in an airport job or not, there is a huge benefit to having this Airport on our doorstep and the second runway will only bring more benefits to the area.
“That view is supported by over 2,600 people who are a part of the Facebook group. That’s more than the combined support for all of the groups who oppose the runway.
“It’s about time the MPs and other politicians realised that their constituents want a second runway at Gatwick.”
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"