Heathrow press releases

19 July, 2015

Over 270 business leaders unite to call on the Prime Minister to back Heathrow expansion

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  • Business chiefs urge the Prime Minister to back the clear and unanimous recommendation from the Airports Commission to expand Heathrow
  • Lack of capacity at Heathrow is holding back the growth of UK businesses across the country and limiting future investment in the UK

Over 270 of Britain’s business leaders signed an open letter to the Prime Minster demanding the Government implement the Airports Commission’s clear and unanimous recommendation to expand Heathrow.

The letter – sent from signatories ranging from FTSE chiefs and Britain’s key business and trade associations, to leading global brands and SMEs spanning the whole of the UK – sends a clear message that UK business growth and productivity is being held back by lack of capacity at Heathrow. As the UK’s biggest port and only hub airport, businesses rely on Heathrow’s global network to reach fast-growing emerging markets – more capacity will improve connectivity both within and outside the UK, driving exports and stimulating growth across the country.

Further delay will be increasingly costly and will be seen, nationally and internationally, as a sign that the UK is unwilling or unable to take the steps needed to maintain its position as a well-connected open trading economy in the twenty first century. 

The Prime Minister set up the Commission in 2012 to find the best way to maintain the UK’s status as an aviation hub. The business leaders signing the letter join SMEs from up and down the UK, politicians from across the political divide, major trade unions and a majority of people in Heathrow’s local communities in backing Heathrow’s expansion plans.

The choice the Prime Minister faces is clear - action on Heathrow is the only way to secure Britain’s future as a powerhouse in the global economy, whilst doing nothing will put Britain’s economy in a perilous position.


Heathrow CEO John Holland Kaye said:

“The Prime Minister showed leadership in establishing an independent Airports Commission. It unanimously concluded that expanding Heathrow is the best way of securing Britain’s future as a powerhouse in the global economy.

Now the Prime Minister has the opportunity to show he is serious about delivering Britain’s long-term economic plan by listening to businesses from across the UK and backing Heathrow expansion. This debate has never been about a runway – it is about the future of our country. Let’s get on with it.”


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Notes to Editors:


The full letter and signatory list is copied below:



The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

10 Downing Street




17 July 2015


Dear Prime Minister,


The independent Airports Commission has made a clear recommendation that Heathrow is the right location for airport expansion. Heathrow’s new expansion plan ensures this can be done sustainably. The Commission’s final recommendation follows nearly three years of extensive consultation, evidence gathering and analysis. Now your Government must support this recommendation to expand Heathrow.

Heathrow puts Britain right at the heart of the global economy and has helped it become one of the world’s great trading nations.

But Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – has been operating at capacity for the past decade. This lack of hub capacity is holding back the growth of UK businesses who want to fly directly to emerging markets; trade and transport their goods via air freight; create more jobs and connect to the UK’s regions.

The Commission is clear: further delay will be increasingly costly and will be seen, nationally and internationally, as a sign that the UK is unwilling or unable to take the steps needed to maintain its position as a well-connected open trading economy in the twenty first century.

Now is the time for Government decision and action. Your Government must support UK businesses by implementing the Airports Commission’s recommendation and expand Heathrow.




Sir Nigel Rudd, Heathrow Airport Limited, Chairman

Sir Michael Rake, Personal capacity         

Sir Gerry Grimstone, TheCityUK, Chairman

Sir John Parker , The Royal Academy of Engineering, Former President

Michael Turner CBE, Babcock International Group, Chairman

John Gildersleeve, British Land, Chairman

Stephen Hubbard, CBRE, Chairman UK

John Devaney, Cobham UK, Chairman

Mike Norris, Computacenter (UK) Ltd, Group Chief Executive

Simon Fraser, Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust Plc, Chairman

Julian Cazalet, Herald Investment Trust plc, Chairman

Derek Mapp, Informa PLC, Chairman

Robin Buchanan, Chairman, Michael Page International (also Bain, Senior Adviser)

Keith Howells, Mott MacDonald Group, Chairman

Michael Harper, Personal capacity           

Ken Olisa OBE, Restoration Partners, Chairman

Martin A Scicluna, RSA Insurance Group and Great Portland Estates, Chairman

Nigel Rich, SEGRO, Chairman

Lindsay Page, Ted Baker London, Chief Operating Officer

Ronan Dunne, Telefonica, UK CEO

Bob Mackenzie, The Automobile Association, Executive Chairman

Baroness Jo Valentine, London First, Chief Executive

Paul Drechsler, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), President Designate

Mike Cherry AIMMM FRSA, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Policy Director

David Wells, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Chief Executive

Gavin Hayes, Let Britain Fly, Director

Jeffries Briginshaw, British American Business (BAB), CEO

Robert Keen, British International Freight Association (BIFA), Director General

Toby Gibbs, Amec Foster Wheeler, UK Director - Environmental Assessment

Rob Jenner, Atkins Global, Associate Director

James Drummond, Berendsen PLC, CEO

Rick Murphy, Carillion, Customer Business Director, Transport and Aviation Sector

Connor Hennebry, Deutsche Bank, Managing Director

John Barton, easyJet, Chairman

Carolyn McCall, easyJet, CEO

Adrian Johnson, Eat, CEO

John S Whitehead, Food & Drink Exporters Association, Director

Jonathon Swaine, Fuller's (Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC), Managing Director, Fuller's Inns

Ralph Cunningham, Hamleys, Retail & Brand Director

Marc Waters, Hewlett-Packard, VP Enterprise Group, UK and Ireland

Matthew Eastwood, Honeywell Building Solutions, Managing Director, UK and Nordics

Rupert Gather, InvestUK Ltd, Chairman

Alan Sullivan, JCDecaux, Managing Director

Steve Cardew, Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd, Managing Director

Ben Murray, Keltic Seafare, Managing Director

Louis Barnett, Louis Barnett Chocolates, Founder

Tom Meggle, Louis Vuitton, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland

Mark Reynolds, Mace Group, Chief Executive

Weng Chi Lee, Malaysia Airlines, Area Manager UK & Ireland

Nick Fletcher, Morgan Sindall, Managing Director, Infrastructure

Mark Buist, Penguins.co.uk, Managing Director

Bill Moore CBE, Portman Estate, Chief Executive

Stefano Sutter, Prada, Regional Director, Northern Europe

Inderneel Singh, Radisson Blu May Fair, Managing Director

Harry Samuel, RBC Capital Markets         

Ian Dormer, Rosh Engineering Ltd, Managing Director

Garry Clark, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Paul Kelly, Selfridges Group, Group Managing Director

George Beveridge, Sellafield Ltd, Chief Business Officer

Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates, Founder

Robert Anderson, The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, CEO

Jonathan Heilbron, Thomas Pink, President and CEO

Les O'Gorman, UCB, Director, UK Facilities

Bernard Molloy, Unipart Group, Global Industrial Logistics Director

Mark Dobson, Wilson James, Chief Executive

James Bream, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Research and Policy Director

Charles Brindley, Active Thinking, Customer Experience Designer

Bernardo Gogna, AECOM, Senior Vice President - Director Global Aviation

John Foster, Affini, Sales Director

Mike Agate, Agate Associates, Director

Tara Naidu, Air India, Regional Manager - UK

Phil Wright, Airport Energy, Executive Chairman

Andrew Martin, AJAR-tec, Director

Richard Edwards, Anpario Plc, Executive Vice Chairman

Brett Edwards, Anytime Fitness, General Manager

Kim Challis, APCOA Parking, Regional Managing Director, APCOA UK&I

Bob Kingston, APR (Witney) Ltd, Director

John Yeatman, Archer Technicoat Ltd, Managing Director

Simon Beards, Aruba Networks, UK Territory Manager

Nelson Ogunshakin, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Chief Executive

Kishore Patel, Audio Ltd, Managing Director

Stephen Fox CBE, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Chief Executive

Barrie Smith, Barrie P Smith Ltd, Proprietor

Harold Paisner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Senior Partner Emeritus

Rob Bould, Bilfinger GVA, Chief Executive

Bill Manville, Bill Manville Associates, Founder

Ray Avery, Bloxham Mill Business Centre, Managing Director

Andreas Wild, Bombardier, Director, BID Management

Les Martin, Bramble Design Ltd, Director

Paul Brady, Bridges Worldwide Plc, General Manager

Mark Brock, Brocksdown Leaded and Stained Glass, Proprietor

Preetham Sharma, Brown and Burk UK Ltd, UK Country Manager

Andrew Ward , Brunel University London, Director of Corporate Relations

Peter Younie, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting Ltd, Founder

Petteri Uljas, Capgemini, CEO, Northern Europe, Infrastructure Services

Carl Murray, Capital Cash Ltd, Managing Director

Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart Golf Links, General Manager

Suhail Rebeiz, Caviar House & Prunier, General Manager UK

Gary Corrigan, CET Infrastructure, Technical Sales Director

Pierre de Maigret, Christian Dior, General Director, UK

Alasdair Reisner, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Chief Executive

Rosalind Thomas, Clearwater Swimming Pools Ltd, Company Secretary

Graham Read, CN Group Ltd, Director

Arjun Ramdas, Cognizant, Head of Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, UK&I

Brian Thompson, Control Developments (UK) Ltd, Managing Director

David Faull, Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor, General Manager

Gary S Kendall, Courier Facilities Ltd (CFL), Managing Director

Stuart Homewood, Courier Network Ltd, Director

David McAfee, Cranes Ltd, Managing Director

Jamie Brutnall, Creative Triangle Limited, Creative Director

Fiona Strens, Crowd Vision Ltd, CEO

David Merriman, CT-UK, Sales Director

Rodney Bridle, Dam Safety Ltd, Director

Richard Bristow, DB Sport and Scale Ltd, Owner and Director

Sam Sohal, Direct Corporate Clothing Plc, Joint Managing Director

Daniel Fell, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, CEO

Dom Jenkins, Dot Software Ltd, Founder

Leslie Morgan, Durbin, Managing Director

Jon Whitehouse, Dyer & Butler, Operations Director

Jeffrey Smith, Eacotts, Managing Partner

Jamela Khan, Ebsi UK Ltd, Managing Director

Fiona Fletcher, Echo Events, Managing Director

Hans Gauthier, Elegant Destinations, CEO

Rob Lamey FCCA, Elsburys Ltd, Director

MC Patel, Emotion Systems, CEO

Rafiq Chohan, Enbright, CEO

Karen Finegold, Engineering Industries Association (EIA), Executive Director

Ian Dewar, Ergonomic Solutions, Managing Director

David Elliott, Excess Baggage Group, CEO

Mario Mostoles, Ferrovial Agroman, Managing Director UK & Ireland

Jolyon Wilkinson, Filestream Ltd, Sales Director

Bill Martin, First Co., Managing Director

Nigel Foster, Fore Consulting, Director

David Bloxham, GCS Ltd, Managing Director

Simon Pearce, Gentworks Ltd, Managing Director

Hugh Bullock, Gerald Eve, Chairman

David Owen, Gfirst LEP, Chief Executive

Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive

Scott Taylor, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Chief Executive

Alastair Kennedy, Global Energy Group, Communications Director

Eddie Gilbert, Green Living Energy, Managing Director

Paul Wait, Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC), CEO

Simon Blockley, Guidant Group Client Solutions, Director, UK & Europe

Andy Dicks, Hare Hatch Sheeplands, Retail Operations Manager

Andy Bellamy, Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport, General Manager

Meredith Bevan, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, General Manager

Stephen Fry, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, CEO

Edward Humphrey-Evans, Humphrey-Evans Intellectual Property Services Ltd, Principal

Shane Sutton, Independent Wholesale Express Ltd (Indy), Airfreight Product Manager

Philip Villars, Indigo Planning Ltd, Managing Director

James Nason, Instinctif Partners, Partner

Ian C Dewar, IoD West Thames, Chairman

Freda Newton, Jacobite Cruises Ltd, Managing Director

Jane Milton, Food Industry Expert, Self-employed

Paul Lovett, Jointline Ltd, Director

Guy Lachlan, Jones and Cocks Ltd, Owner

Jennifer James, JPL Consulting  

Karen Angela Esposito, KCL Cleaning Services Ltd, Director

Tim Gregory, Key Management Systems Ltd, Director

Ken Pankiewicz, KickFit Martial Arts Schools, Chief Instructor

Craig Ewan, Kingsmills Hotel / Kingsclub & Spa, General Manager

Gill Peter, KONE, ‎Infrastructure & Escalator, Director 

Ian Higgins, Kuehne and Nagal Limited, Senior Import Clerk

Peter Cox, Launton Settlement Trust, Trustee

Mark Lebus, LC Energy, Managing Director

John Parkin, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Chief Executive

Roger Marsh OBE, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Chairman

Jonathan Longden, Leys Longden and Co, Director

Graham M Earl, Litchford Consulting, Founder

Jenny Stewart, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CIC, Chief Executive

Andrew Cornish, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, CEO

Neil Tyler, Machining Technology Ltd, Managing Director

Michael J P Miller, Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, Chairman

Paul Brown, Mail Handling International, CEO

Nikki Burns, Making Your Ideas Happen, Owner

Michael Webber, Manchester Square Partners, Partner

Peter Rose, MAPP, Managing Director

Andrew McNaughton, McNaughton Dynamics Ltd, Managing Director

Richard Jackson, Mercure London Heathrow Hotel, General Manager

Taha Coburn-Kutay, Middlesex Asian Business Association, Chairman

Paul Naldrett, Morpho UK Ltd, Managing Director

Richard Wilks, NEC Display Solutions, EMEA, Airport Business Development Manager

Barrie Hensby, NEL Fund Managers Limited, Chief Executive

Chris Teal, Neptune Oceanographics Ltd, Director

Michele Wietscher, New View Homes, Director

Greg Jones, Newmax Precision Ltd, Director & Company Secretary

James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive

Glyn Roberts, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, Chief Executive

Jihed Lejmi, Novotel London Heathrow, General Manager

Paul Donaldson, Nuance, General Manager (UK)

Will Tyler, Octink, Chief Executive

Krishan Perera, Oman Air, Regional Airport Services Manager (Europe & Africa) 

Ernie Patterson, Omniserv/ Airserv, Chairman

Neil Robinson, Our Soles, Director

Nichola Hay, Outsource Training and Development, Director

Tracy North, Outwrite.co.uk, Managing Director

Harada Michru, Overseas Courier Service Co. Ltd (Subsidiary of Air Nippon Airways), Managing Director

Richard Hardie, Oxford Kitchens & Bathrooms, Managing Director

Carl Kruger, Oxford Quality Centre, Director

Ronald Morton, Oxford Scientific Products, Director

John Barne, Oxford Timber Audits, Group Manager

Adrian Shooters, Oxfordshire LEP, Chairman

Paul White, Paul Blanco's Good Car Company, Owner

Simon Priestley, Personal capacity

Peter Fergusson, Peter Fergusson Properties Ltd, Founder

Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons LLP, Senior Partner

Benjamin Biggs, Plantasia, Proprietor

Bob Buskie, Port of Cromarty Firth, Chief Executive

David Maidment, Printer Medic, Printer Technician

Robin Brooks, Process Plant Computing Ltd (PPCL), CEO

Stephen Burns, Pyropress Engineering, General Manager

John Rhodes OBE, Quod, Director

Dennis McCann, Radisson Blu Glasgow, General Manager

Katie Lowe, Reach Contact, Joint Managing Director

Cis Taylor, Rebound Electronics, Company Secretary

Clive Williams, Rectangle Red, Director

Linda Jones, Right Forwarding, Director

Alex Wilson, Rolling Luggage, Managing Director

Robin StJohn Smith, RSJ IT Solutions, Owner

Gurshinder Dosanjh, Salto Systems, Director

Mhairi Callander, Scott-Moncrieff, Partner

Alan Dawson, Sensible Safety Solutions, Director

Andrew Pitt, Service Point Heathrow, Business Manager

Jonathan Bradley, Sharp and Strong Ltd, Director

Thierry Henrot, Sheraton Skyline Hotel London Heathrow, General Manager

Richard Browne, Signs Express, Owner

Killian Whelan, Sim Local, CEO

Kathleen Gell, Simply Let, Director

Bob Jones, Slough Business Community Partnership, Partnership Manager

Simon Black, Smythson, Head of Travel Retail

Richard Jones, Solent LEP, Policy and Communications Manager

Ros Hawley, Sor Business, CEO

Paul Colman, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Executive

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, South East Midlands LEP, Chair

Andrew Dakers, Spark Work Experience, Director

Doug Squires, Squires Gear and Engineering Limited, Founder

Steve Pepper, Steve Pepper Training Associates, Founder

Kathleen Stubbings, Stubbings Accountancy, Owner

John Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe, Managing Director

Barry Dennington, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, Chairman

Lawrence Sword, Sword Services, Owner

Amit Singh, Tata Consultancy Services, Client Partner

Steve Reynolds, TBS Enterprise Mobility, Managing Director

Tim Smith MBE, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Ltd, Chief Executive

Paul Britton, Thames Valley Chamber, Head of Inward Investment & Reinvestment

Ron Williams, Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services, Proprietor

Tracey Walsh, The Baby Studio Ltd, Co-Founder

Kay Buxton, The Paddington Partnership, Chief Executive

Maggie Rogers, The Travelwallet, Managing Director

Stephen Wright, Thorite, Managing Director

Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast, Chief Executive

Adrian Soper, Touchstone Electronics, Director

David Ross, Tradebridge Limited, Managing Director

Paul Brindley, Travelex, Global Business Development Director

Andrew Cotton, Trinity Fire and Security Systems, Managing Director

Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend, Chief Executive

Murray Rowden, Turner and Townsend Infrastructure, Global MD Infrastructure

Stephen Waldron, Tyco Integrated Fire and Security, Operations Director

Matthew Battle, UK Property Forums, Managing Director

Rachel Hunt, Unicol, Marketing Director

Ravi Soni, United Business Xpress (UBX), Director

Sir David Bell, University of Reading, Vice-Chancellor

Ash Mistry, University of West London, Course Leader, Airline and Airport Management

Lorraine Collins, Uxbridge College, Executive Director, Enterprise and Development

Nick Porter, Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd, General Manager

Gintas Vilkelis, Vilkelis & Associates, Director

Milan Shah, Virani Food Products Limited, Owner

Sandra Doherty, Visit Harrogate, Chair

Ruth Wallace, Wallace School of Transport, Founder

Mark Goldstone, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Head of Business Representation and Policy

Colin Brew, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director

Frank Wingate, West London Business, Chief Executive

Mr Wharton, Wharton Electronics Ltd, Owner

Amanda Magagnin, Wilkins Kennedy LLP, Partner

Stephen Gibson, Wilsham Consulting Ltd, Director

Stephen Scott, Wilson and Scott, Managing Director

Paul Winter, Wire Belt Company Limited, UK Managing Director

Phil Walker, WTT Results Ltd, Director