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BCC Heathrow Breakfast– One Hub or None?
Chamber Stimulates Debate for Norfolk Businesses
The Heathrow Airport – One Hub or None debate landed in Norwich this morning with a business breakfast at Caistor Hall Hotel. In collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce and Heathrow Airport, delegates from across Norfolk were invited to listen to the debate and discuss this topical issue at a local level.
Clare Harbord, Corporate Affairs Director at Heathrow Airport started the morning by presenting the recent research carried out by Heathrow. Clare explained that a ‘hub’ is ‘an airport where local passengers combine with transfer passengers to allow airlines to fly to more destinations more often than could be supported by local demand alone’. She stressed that this was the last opportunity to really open the UK up to the rest of the world and vice versa. With planes leaving Heathrow every 45 seconds, they are currently operating at a 98% capacity and need to expand to meet the growing needs of business.
A response was then given by Mark Gaskins, Business Development Director at Lawtronic. This centered on local businesses wanting and needing to grow their global repeat business. He argued that connectivity was key to growing business, face to face meetings are still the most effective way of making connections and the ‘growth mentality’ Heathrow is suggesting should be taken up by all businesses to ensure a successful future for the UK.
In their response the Chamber put the needs of Norfolk businesses first and opened the floor for debate. A heated and constructive group conversation followed with issues being raised about delegation of flight slots, protection of wildlife and the impact of the proposed hub on Norfolk as a whole.
The Heathrow research can be found here;
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