Heathrow Commits to SMEs

Following swiftly on the heels of their first successful Business Summit in 3 years, Heathrow Airport commits to supporting SMEs with ‘Lift Off’
a new concept to find innovative SMEs to support Heathrow’s road to recovery.

London Heathrow Airport invited small and medium-size enterprises (SME) to reconnect with its £188bn supply chain at the 24th edition of its annual Business Summit, held on 15 November 2022.

The summit is one of a range of initiatives Heathrow has established to rebuild its supply chain sustainably. The airport’s recently refreshed sustainability strategy – Heathrow 2.0: Connecting People and Planet – sets out how barriers to entry will be removed as well as a commitment to grow the proportion of SMEs in the airport’s supply chain .

The 24th edition of the Heathrow Business Summit gave SMEs the opportunity to engage with larger suppliers at the airport. The Summit offered insight into how working with Heathrow will enable SMEs to play a central role in the airport’s operation and wider sustainable supply chain and highlighted ways by which SMEs can help Heathrow continue to grow sustainably.

Speeches from Heathrow’s senior representatives and larger suppliers showcased procurement prospects and launched their new procurement portal Compete For with a new initiative Lift Off,

Heathrow Lift Off is a new concept as an additional way to attract and work with Small to Medium Enterprises. Lift Off will provide the opportunity for selected innovative SMEs to present their products and services to a panel made up of Heathrow and their largest supply chain partner organisations.  These panels will be held quarterly with the first taking place in January 2023.

To be considered for Lift Off Panels, you will need to register on the CompeteFor platform.  Registration may take at least 30 minutes,

To know more about working with Heathrow, please visit https://www.competefor.com/heathrow/about-us/