Stansted buyers’ event provides welcome trade boost – Business Weekly

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Around 200 companies rubbed shoulders to boost trade prospects in the region as London Stansted Airport’s Meet the Buyers event re-emerged face2face after Covid had forced it online for the best part of two years.
Army, air force, councils, construction companies, technology, marketing, property and other specialist companies discussed trade opportunities at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
The timing was ideal with the UK battling recession and regression in trade terms. Attendees ranged from small startups to large companies, hoping to secure contracts with organisations such as RAF Lakenheath’s 48th Contracting Squadron, the US Air Force’s UK procurement unit, Essex County Council, Aggreko, Strutt & Parker, LPL Construction, VolkerFitzpatrick and SPIE UK.
The event, which has generated more than £20 million in business since 2011, is organised by London Stansted and co-run by Marketing Kinetics and UMi.
Stansted Airport managing director Gareth Powell who opened the event, said: “London Stansted is a key enabler of economic growth and productivity in the region employing more than 12,000 people across 200 companies and we consider it our duty to support the region’s SMEs and promote their entrepreneurial spirit. 
“Businesses and SMEs in the region deserve to benefit from our success and we also want to provide them with routes and destinations that will enable them to connect and trade globally.”
Richard Taylor, who is managing director of Simpsons Creative in Bishop’s Stortford, said the event was of enormous benefit to the region’s economy. He commented: “This is my first Meet the Buyers event in a few years. The layout worked very well and the ability to network with like-minded people was invaluable.
“We work with big companies around the world but Meet the Buyers gives us the chance to showcase our work to local businesses.”
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