Heathrow is proud to be a member of the Thames Valley Chamber. The Chamber has always and continues to do a fantastic job showcasing the talents, entrepreneurship, and innovation of companies from across the region.
As one of the UK’s largest single sites of employment, we owe much of our success to the local area and are deeply thankful to all our Thames Valley employees who keep the airport running every day. As the UK’s only hub airport, for over 70 years Heathrow has played a major role in supporting our surrounding communities’ economies.
Heathrow is the UK’s largest port by value for countries outside the EU and Switzerland, handling more than 30 per cent of UK exports to these markets. Through its combination of domestic and long-haul routes, Heathrow connects people and businesses in the UK with new opportunities across the world.
With over 200 international connections, Heathrow connects Thames Valley to the world and offers vast exporting opportunities to your business community. Over the past few years, we have supported exporters in partnership with the Department for International Trade through the World of Opportunity Grants Programme, which has helped SMEs with their exporting ambitions. These grants have been used by businesses to fund trade missions, research global markets and help grow SME exports.
As a responsible business, Heathrow is committed to protecting our environment. Climate change is the greatest challenge facing our generation and Heathrow is decarbonising its airport infrastructure as well as playing a leading role in supporting the entire UK aviation industry to get to net-zero carbon emissions. In early 2020, Heathrow became one of the world’s first major aviation hubs to become carbon neutral for its infrastructure, and the first to target zero carbon operations by the mid-2030s i.e no emissions being released into the atmosphere.
In these difficult times, COVID-19 is requiring us all to work together, adapt and adopt extraordinary measures to quell the spread of this virus. Heathrow is playing its part – 41% of the UK’s pharmaceutical products such as medicines, vaccines and respirators are imported via Heathrow Airport. Heathrow remains open and will continue working hard to ensure that vital supply lines are kept open to help the country pull together to battle this pandemic.
We continue to work closely with Thames Valley Chamber to support the business community and we send our best wishes to all the Chamber’s member organisations during these unprecedented times.
Hear more from Heathrow Airport’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, about the airport’s sustainability strategy – Heathrow 2.0 – which represents a step-change for the business and captures the momentum of an industry-wide shift toward a sustainable future for aviation. Click HERE.