FSB calls on MPs to move forward with Heathrow runway plan

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.