The North East could benefit further from the building of Britain’s next runway two sites in the region, have made the longlist in the hunt for Heathrow's Logistics Hubs.
The news comes as the UK’s biggest airport also confirms that a ‘meet the buyer’ Business Summit will take place in Teesside on 10 May 2018.
- Teesside earmarked to host Business Summit in 2018 giving SME’s in the North East the opportunity to help build Heathrow’s third runway
- Two sites in the North East make longlist in the hunt for Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs
- Chosen Logistics Hubs will participate in offsite construction of the third runway infrastructure, bringing jobs and economic boost to the North East
Another milestone in the delivery of Heathrow expansion, the unveiling of the longlisted Logistics Hubs in the North East, follows a commitment made by the airport to shake-up the UK construction industry by using expansion to revolutionise the way Britain builds major infrastructure. Sixty-five locations across Britain remain in the running, all bidding to participate in the build of a national asset needed for the whole of the UK. Heathrow expansion is the first major infrastructure project that will pioneer the large-scale use of logistics hubs, which will lead to jobs being created across the UK.
In addition to this, SMEs across the North East will also have the opportunity to attend Heathrow Business Summit North East - held in Middlesbrough in May 2018. These summits ensure that businesses up and down the country can learn of, and benefit from, the opportunities available to them when building of Britain’s new runway starts. The day will be made up of ‘speed-dating’ style appointments between SMEs and Heathrow’s biggest suppliers, and will be held in partnership with the North East England Chamber of Commerce.
These major announcements were made at Heathrow's 2017 Supplier Awards Ceremony; an event that recognises the achievements of the organisations across the UK that currently form part of Heathrow's supply chain.
Heathrow's commitment to delivering for the whole of the UK is echoed by the airport's supply chain, and as it expands it will continue to work with suppliers, local governments and public sector groups in all corners of the country, looking to boost jobs and growth across the UK.
James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “We supported the Tees Valley’s proposal as the site has unique potential, with excellent port facilities and transport links, high quality industrial assets and the backing of the local business community. The Tees Valley already plays a substantial role in the global supply chains of construction projects around the world, and we believe the site can play that same crucial role in the expansion and on-going operation of Heathrow.
“We also welcome the second Heathrow Business Summit. Our members found the previous one extremely beneficial, as it gave them unprecedented access to major national and international businesses."
Welcoming the announcement, Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen said: “We always think big in the Tees Valley. We have the capability and capacity to deliver massive projects, and I am pleased Heathrow Airport have recognised this. Our case is strong because we have world-class expertise, excellent infrastructure, a pool of skilled and talented workers and the strong supply chain necessary to establish their Logistics Hub”.
Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield said: ‘It’s great news Tarmac in my constituency is being considered as a logistics site for the construction of the third runway at Heathrow. If Tarmac is successful it will mean jobs and Investment in the local economy. I wish them every success.’
Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s Chairman, added: “Heathrow’s third runway will rely on talent from all over Britain helping to create a national asset for generations to come. This means new procurement opportunities for businesses in every region, helping drive growth and investment into local communities in all corners of this country. The third runway is not a London centric project – it is one we are opening up to the whole of the UK, asking for its skills and expertise to help build an asset this country so desperately needs to safeguard its future prosperity.”
Locations in the North East longlisted for Heathrow’s Logistics Hubs:
Tarmac Trading Ltd
Tarmac Thrislington Works
Tees Valley Combined Authority
South Tees Development Corporation