Responding to the Transport Select Committee’s Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) report, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said:
A new runway at Heathrow is an opportunity to give a great boost to British business, connecting ambitious small firms to new markets. Additional airport capacity is clearly in the long-term national interest of the UK. We urge politicians across the political spectrum to ensure shovels are in the ground as soon as possible – it’s in the best interest of the UK economy, small businesses and the jobs they provide. It’s essential small firms are given the opportunity to play a major part in the huge procurement exercise to build both the runway and associated works and that promises for increased regional connectivity are delivered following a new runway being built. There must also be new routes overseas, boosting freight exports and connecting our world-beating businesses to new destinations, especially as we expect small firms to look to new markets post-Brexit.