Gatwick Airport is delighted to be headline sponsor of the Big Breakfast networking events and looks forward to helping local businesses, of all sizes and sectors, make new contacts in an informal and relaxed environment.
Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 220 destinations in 80 countries and over the last year has secured over 20 new long haul routes. This makes Gatwick Europe’s fastest growing airport for long haul growth and takes it into the premier league of airports serving more than 50 long haul destinations. With the airport only 14 minutes away from East Croydon by train, businesses in the area can access a whole world of opportunities.
The airport has experienced a period of unprecedented growth since it came into new ownership in 2009 and in the last 12 months has handled over 43 million passengers. Gatwick is currently half way through a £2.5bn capital investment programme, which has helped transform the experience for passengers travelling through the airport.
The airport is an important focus for the South East region’s economic activity and is a major employment site, generating around 24,000 on-airport jobs and a further 13,000 jobs through related activities in the area. The airport related supply chain also plays an important role in the economic success of the region and Gatwick Airport Limited currently spends around a third of its total procurement spend (£74m) with businesses in the local area. We work with a variety of partners to support the growth and success of local businesses, including business to business networking.
Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was established by Government in 2010. We are a unique business-led collaboration between the private, public and education sectors across a diverse area which includes the London Borough of Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex.
Working in partnership we aim to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for all.
Coast to Capital Facts:
* We are one of 38 LEPs in England, which are independent of Government
* We represent a population of 1.9 million people
* This includes a 1.2 million working aged population
* The area contributes £48.5bn GVA to the UK economy
* It has 922,000 total employment
* More than 87,000 businesses
* And supports more than 818,000 jobs
We take a strategic lead in ensuring that the infrastructure and conditions for economic growth are in place across our diverse region, which includes both urban and rural areas. This includes the facilitation of the Government’s Local Growth Fund, the Growing Places Fund and the European Structural and Investment Fund.
While Coast to Capital is not a delivery organisation, in order to create favourable conditions for growth we identify priorities and strategies for improving the supply of housing, investment in infrastructure and skills development.
It’s my first time here and there’s a real buzz in the room.
I’m a regular and it’s always fantastic - I would recommend it to everybody, whether your company is big or small.
It’s really good - I’ve met lots of people and it’s been interesting to see how these different businesses can help my customers. I’ll definitely be back.
Today was my first visit, and I will certainly be attending future events. Very much enjoyed the day and have already arranged my first meeting from it, with 2 other contacts that looked very promising as well.
A relaxed way to network.
I like the fact you got to speak to everyone.
A very positive event - and something I would go for again.
Really good and at least 5 potential leads, worth every penny.
Great way to network, spoke to far more people than my last event.
My first speed networking event! Worth getting up for!
Excellent event, provides the chance to really start building relationships.
Well done, I am sure this will be invaluable.
A great way to meet people from all businesses and have a face to face chat with them promoting your business.
It is an excellent event, I will be coming all the time.
Best event to be able to talk to the most people.
Excellent format, very professionally delivered.