Heathrow Airport’s plans for a third runway have been backed by 100 UK companies in a national newspaper advertising campaign, but West London Authorities and prominent occupiers are notable by their absence.
The Companies include a number of prominent West London occupiers. They used an advert in the national press to announce their support for the controversial third runway.
The advert said: "Heathrow Airport is vital for business. It offers the direct connections which make our companies globally successful, and which will be all the more important as India and China grow. That’s been recognised by our European competitors – Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt airports will each have at least four runways by 2012. And that’s why Heathrow needs a third runway built within strict environmental standards. Britain is at the heart of the global economy. Let’s make the right decisions to keep us successful."
Richard Lambert, Director-General of the CBI said: "This statement from a wide cross-section of British business demonstrates just how important good international transport links are to the long-term competitiveness of the UK
"If the UK is to remain an attractive place for them to locate, we need good, direct access to the global economic powerhouses such as China and India," he said.
While some West London companies supported the campaign, it was notable for it’s prominenet absentees, among them Glaxo SmithKline, the BBC, BSkyB. There was no support from either the West London Alliance or any of the West London Boroughs.
The 100 companies supporting the motion (West London in bold):
Asian Business Association
British American Tobacco
British Chambers of Commerce
British Hospitality Association
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Construction Products Association
Ernst & Young
JP Morgan Cazenove
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
London Stock Exchange
The Sage Group plc
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Tate & Lyle
Turner and Townsend
Thames Valley Economic Partnership
Ulster Bank Group
West London Business
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