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Heathrow chiefs fly in for Belfast SME summit

Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Over 100 small to medium-sized firms will meet Heathrow bosses in Belfast today as it showcases the opportunities to play a role in the construction of its £14bn third runway project.

The SMEs will meet political leaders, including Arlene Foster, and Heathrow's major suppliers to learn about supplier roles and the chance to avail of a new 'World of Opportunity' grant to help with expansion abroad.

This is the second time the airport has brought its suppliers to Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year it announced the two sites that remain in the running to become logistics hubs. The former Ballykelly military base and the former Michelin site in Ballymena are both bidding to construct parts of the expanded airport off-site.

Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow, said: "Northern Irish businesses helped to build some of the most critical parts of Terminals 2 and 5 and we look forward to working with these contacts and establishing new ones to help deliver our expanded airport.

"These business summits are our way to grow and diversify the airport's supply chain - getting more Northern Irish firms involved to delivering the third runway on time and on budget and kick-starting the economic growth that expansion will bring."

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