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Construction of Heathrow's third runway could boost Welsh economy

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The construction of Heathrow Airport's third runway could deliver a huge number of jobs in Wales and boost the Welsh economy.

Seven sites located in Cardiff, Deeside, Newport, Ebbw Vae, and Bridgend are in the running to be Heathrow logistics hubs. Each of the four hubs selected across the UK will be locations for the offshore construction of the infrastructure for the runway.

It is part of the airport's to spread the economic benefits of the project across the country. Each of the hubs is expected deliver huge numbers of skilled and semi skilled jobs and economic boost within it's area.

The Economic Secretary, Ken Skates, has pledged Welsh companies will have opportunities to benefit from the runway if construction contracts are secured.

The construction of Heathrow’s third runway offers huge economic opportunities for businesses right across the UK and I am determined that Welsh companies will be given all the help and support they need to be right at the heart of this significant infrastructure development.

With this in mind I am pleased to confirm that next year the Welsh Government will be hosting a second Heathrow business summit, with the specific intention of bringing large suppliers and smaller businesses together to help them secure some contracts associated with the new runway.

I am also really encouraged that seven Welsh Government backed sites remain in the running to be one of the four Heathrow logistic hubs.

Securing the location of one of those hubs here in Wales would be a significant achievement, bringing with it huge economic benefits, and the Welsh Government will continue to do all it can behind the scenes to promote the Welsh sites.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy Secretary

Heathrow Business Summit in Cardiff will take place on 11 July 2018.

Hosted by the Welsh Government and Heathrow Airport, the event facilitate appointments between SMEs and Heathrow’s biggest suppliers.