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Northern Ireland businesses learn about opportunities at Heathrow

Mervyn McCall of FSB, Ann McGregor of NI Chamber, DUP leader Arlene Foster, and Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow
Mervyn McCall of FSB, Ann McGregor of NI Chamber, DUP leader Arlene Foster, and Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland firms met top suppliers to Heathrow Airport yesterday to find out about opportunities in its supply chain.

The airport says successful bidders would be playing a part in one of the UK's biggest infrastructure projects as Heathrow hopes to add a third runway to its operations.

Over 100 SMEs from across Northern Ireland attended yesterday's event, held in partnership with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

A spokesman for the airport said: "As Heathrow works to deliver the £14bn third runway, the airport is looking to invite innovative business from across Northern Ireland to help find new and unique solutions to the challenges it faces when delivering a project of this scale."

Heathrow said Northern Ireland firms had also been involved in the construction of Terminals 2 and 5. It's now looking for businesses to take part in construction of its latest phase of expansion.

Two Northern Ireland sites are also in the running to become logistics hubs where parts of the expanded airport would be built off-site. They are an ex-military base in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry and the former Michelin site in Silverwood Business Park, Ballymena.

Phil Wilbraham, expansion programme director at Heathrow, said: "These business summits are our way to grow and diversify the airport's supply chain - getting more Northern Irish firms involved to deliver the third runway on time and on budget, and kickstarting the economic growth that expansion will bring."

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