Small businesses in the UK want to see urgency so that progress is made on Heathrow Airport’s third runway.
According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), urgency into the proceedings would not only help the growth of these firms, who can make and build new relationships with contacts thanks to ease of air travel.
It follows the government’s approval of plans to move ahead with the Heathrow Airport expansion, which was confirmed with the publication of the Airports National Policy Statement (NPS).
This statement makes it clear that the third runway – located at the north-west of the airport – will be privately funded so that taxpayers do not foot the bill.
FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, says small businesses now want to see “shovels in the ground,” and explained the benefits to these firms in expanded capacity in the country.
He said: “Cabinet endorsement of plans for a third runway at Heathrow will be welcomed by many small firms across the UK.
“We now need to see some urgency injected into proceedings. British businesses have waited decades for increased airport capacity and the regional connectivity it will bring. It’s time to get shovels in the ground.
“Thousands of small firms rely on air travel to develop new contacts, visit clients and open up export opportunities.
“They’ll be looking forward to Parliament approving Heathrow expansion plans in the weeks ahead. We’ve been working closely with Heathrow to ensure that small firms are given every opportunity to participate in the massive procurement exercise that will accompany expansion of the airport.”
Not only will SMEs benefit from the runway; according to Mike Cherry, this expansion is crucial in the context of Brexit for the wider economy.
He added: “Heathrow expansion could unlock an urgently needed £200 billion worth of additional output nationally.
“With Brexit on the horizon, pushing ahead with a third runway sends a clear signal that Britain is very much open for international business.”