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Welsh business opportunity with Heathrow airport

Small and medium-sized Welsh businesses are being offered an opportunity to join supply chains at Heathrow airport.

Heathrow airport is offering business opportunities to Welsh firms in it's expansion Credit: PA

In 2014/15 Heathrow airport spent 0.2 % of its £1.3bn procurement budget within Wales and the Welsh Government says it hopes that number will increase.

The airport is looking for firms which can sustain ongoing contracts in construction, ICT, Manufacturing, Finance, Consulting Engineers and office activities.

One Welsh business, Caldicot-based Pro Steel Engineering is already working with the airport.

I’m proud to have led a Welsh business which successfully competed against much bigger firms located in south east England.

We were successful in securing the work to fabricate a steel bridge linking a new Premier Inn hotel to the existing bridge network and on to Heathrow Terminal 4. Securing this work has broadened our market reach and helped to introduce us to the wider team at Heathrow.

Not only is there current demand for ongoing works at Heathrow, but with the £16 billion Heathrow Expansion plans there are additional opportunities for Welsh businesses on the back of a major project, similarly to how we benefited from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

– Richard Selby, Director, Pro Steel Engineering

A summit will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at the Cardiff City Stadium giving Welsh businesses the chance to get involved.