The day has finally come! A historic moment for London Stansted Airport that we have all been waiting for so long...
On Friday 8 June 2018, Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN). The flight marks the first time an international airline based in the Middle East operates out of the popular London airport, and connects the East of England with Emirates’ global network of over 155 destinations via its hub Dubai.
Where will London Stansted Airport and Emirates take you next?
To celebrate the airline’s arrival to the airport, Emirates and Stansted airport held a launch event for local dignitaries and stakeholders, hosted by Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West, and Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President, UK, alongside Ken O’Toole, Stansted Airport’s CEO.
Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President said:
“We decided to add London Stansted to our network because we saw an opportunity to directly connect the local community with some of the world’s most popular leisure and business destinations. Previously, London’s north east, and the wider 7.5 million people that live within Stansted’s catchment areas had to travel into the city, or further, to access airports with global reach. Now, this daily flight to Dubai connects passengers seamlessly to Emirates points across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.There’s been a real appetite for increased connectivity between the thriving business community in the East of England and our global network too. The new gateway will support the swell of new start-ups, SMEs and established businesses in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor by giving them access to new cities and countries across the globe."
Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s CEO said: “Today is a truly significant moment in the history of London Stansted and we are delighted that our millions of passengers, based in London and the East of England, will see huge benefits from the direct connectivity between the airport and Emirates hub in Dubai and its vast array of onward connections.In 2018 Stansted is set to be the fastest growing London airport and a key enabler of economic growth for both the UK and East of England, and the addition of the new Emirates service will provide a further boost to our long haul ambitions and ultimately save local passengers valuable time and money that is associated with flying from other airports across London."
Click to hear more from Emirates' Hubert Frach and from London Stansted's Mark Souter Head of Aviation - Key Accounts and take a look inside this magnificent aircraft!
Julie Budden, Chair of SACC: "I had the pleasure of being part of this historic day welcoming Emirates to London Stansted Airport alongside other business leaders and representatives from businesses from around the region.
It was a magical afternoon which actually brought tears to many eyes, including mine! I have been part of Stansted for many years and have seen so many positive and rewarding changes and long may it continue.
London Stansted continues to grow and brings important change to the region for both passengers and businesses alike as well as working with the community – well done “Our Stansted” – on behalf of myself and our members I applaud you for all the hard work you continue to do! Thank you.”
Click here to take a look back at the evolution of London Stansted Airport, from its 1943 roots as RAF Stansted Mountfitchet airfield, to the announcement that Emirates is launching a daily non-stop direct service from London Stansted to Dubai.
Thursday 21st June 2018, 10 am to 4 pm is a date/time that should be in your business diary. Regional businesses will meet inside a unique venue – the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted Airport for the 5th annual business expo Check-in @ Stansted brought to you by The Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce.
Showcasing their businesses and promoting their products and services on the day, latest exhibitors signed up include: Just Displays, Coralmead Accountancy Services Ltd, CSS Recruitment & Training Ltd, Three Counties Refrigeration Ltd, Eurobase People, CeeLab and Collective Property Services. A full list of exhibitors, sponsors and the latest floor plan can be found online at www.check-in-stansted.com
Those attending will not only get the chance to meet new companies and network with like minded people, but they will also have the chance to participate in FREE speed networking and enjoy a whole range of free seminars that are scheduled to take place from within the main exhibition hall.
Visitors will also get the chance to enjoy some fun brought to you by Diamond Fun Casinos, sample food and beverages from British Event Catering and help support the 2018 Charity of Choice – For Nanny and Bobby (www.fornannyandbobby.com). We also have a little surprise in store for West Ham fans, ex Pro Tony Cottee will be making a special appearance!
Visitors can register for FREE online at www.check-in-stansted.com or turn up on the day!
Julie Budden, Chair of The Stansted Airport Chamber of Commerce said:
“Our region is home to some exceptional businesses. Businesses that year on year are growing and opening more opportunities. Whether that be supplier agreements, new clients, new staff - Check-in @ Stansted is a place where we can help make all of this happen. We put on the show – you go out and do business! We’re really pleased to announce that LPL Construction Services will be back this year as a sponsor. They are a great testimony of how a business can grow and use local suppliers and people to achieve this”.
Darren Shepherd, Procurement & Supply Chain Manager at LPL Construction Services added:
“LPL Construction Services are pleased to announce that they are returning to support the Check-in event this year on the launch of their new corporate identity and look forward to supporting this fantastic event as Stansted Airport moves into an exciting new growth era in the UK aviation sector”.
Local taxi firm, CSL who are also exhibiting on the day will be offering reduced rates if any visitor requires transporting to and from the venue on the day. You can book in advance by calling 07508 980 204 and quoting Check-in @ Stansted.
London Stansted Airport responds to Government statement on UK airports making best use of runway capacity
5th June, 2018
Today, alongside confirming support for the development of a third runway at Heathrow, the Government has confirmed, in a statement to Parliament, its support for other UK airports looking to make best use of existing runway capacity. The policy makes clear that Government supports all UK airports making best use of their existing runways.
This follows a consultation last year as part of the Government’s development of a new Aviation Strategy.”
Please find link to the making best use section - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/713741/making-best-use-of-existing-runways.pdf
In response to the Government statement, Ken O’Toole, London Stansted CEO, said:
“Ahead of the anticipated decision from Uttlesford District Council relating to our application to increase the airport’s limit on passenger numbers to 43 million per year, we welcome today’s statement from Government confirming its support for airports looking to make best use of existing capacity.
“It is vital for the UK economy that the country has the best possible aviation connections and that there is an urgent need to actively support airports, like London Stansted, that can deliver that access now.
“Over the last five years we have increased passenger numbers by nearly 10 million, doubled the number of airlines and secured six new services to the most popular destinations for passengers from the region including Dubai, New York, Boston, Toronto and Washington.
“Building on these successes, we are investing £600 million to improve the airport experience and have submitted a planning application to make best use of our single runway. This will unlock Stansted potential and enable us to serve up to 43 million passengers, deliver 50 percent of London’s expected passenger growth over the next decade and extend the choice of airlines and destinations we serve.”
Are you new to networking, unsure of what to do, or nervous and apprehensive about attending? Don't worry, we are on hand to help you.
Networking goes hand in hand with running a successful business, however many of us dread walking into a room and introducing ourselves to a bunch of strangers.
Take a look at some of our tips to help get you on the road to becoming a successful networker!
Resist the urge to arrive late. It's almost counter-intuitive, but showing up early at a networking event is a much better strategy than getting there on the later side. As a first attendee, you'll notice that it's calmer and quieter, people won't have settled into groups. It's easier to find other people who don't have conversation partners yet.
Ask easy questions. Don't wait around the edges of the room, waiting for someone to approach you. Simply walk up to a person or a group, and say, "May I join you" or "What brings you to this event?" Don't forget to listen intently to their replies. Listening can be an excellent way to get to know a person.
Ask open-ended questions. Who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.
Ditch the sales pitch. Remember, networking is all about relationship building. Keep your exchange fun, light and informal – you don't need to do the hard sell within minutes of meeting a person. The idea is to get the conversation started. People are more apt to do business with – or partner with – people whose company they enjoy.
Safari Networking Event - a great success!
We were delighted to welcome 50 plus members and guests from fellow chambers of commerce and networking groups from around the region all together under one roof for a networking experience with a difference!
This was a first Safari experience for many who left inspired and excited with many new contacts to be followed up and potential business to be done.
This a great networking opportunity which offers businesses the chance to locate contacts, make connections, develop relationships, make recommendations and referrals, seize and create business opportunities and exchange value!
Meet the Neighbours shows that business doesn't recognise borders. Keep your eyes on www.thesacc.com for the date of the next event in 2018 to be announced in the coming weeks.
Thanks to our speakers
Our guest speaks went down a storm with an informative and well received presentation by Chris Wiggan Head of External Affairs at London Stansted Airport. Chris updated on the progression of the airport and the plans ahead including the new arrivals terminal which is to be on 3 levels.
Once the work is complete, Stansted Airport will be able to boast being the only operating UK airport with dedicated arrivals and departures terminals.
London Stansted achieved its busiest ever September as over 2.45 million passengers travelled through the airport during the month, surpassing the previous record set 10 years ago in September 2007.
Chris also touched upon the news of their commitment, alongside Harlow College, to develop and deliver a Technical and Professional Skills Centre to be located on the airport. This will provide invaluable vocational training opportunities, with a focus on addressing geographical gaps in local provision and skills. The project will train approximately 530 young people and adults per year in vocational skills, traineeships and Apprenticeships and will support the development of employment growth at London Stansted Airport. It will enable employers at the airport to recruit young people and adults with appropriate levels of skills, and will allow local residents to acquire advanced and higher level skills.
Adam Stott, successful businessman and entrepeneur delighted the audience with tips on "how to make it big in business". In just 9 years, 34 year-old entrepreneur, Adam Stott, built Big Cars from scratch into a £40million turnover business.
By focusing on being a customer service business that happens to sell cars, Big Cars has broken the mould of traditional car dealers. Its innovative use of Facebook has generated sales of £50 million and a following of more than 350,000 fans. Big Cars now employs 75 staff and sells more than 3,000 cars annually from four dealerships in Essex, Suffolk and Surrey.
In recognition of its achievements, Big Cars has twice been recognised by the London Stock Exchange as one of the Top 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain (2015 and 2016).
Adam’s flair for business and entrepreneurial spirit has propelled him forward to become an international speaker on business, a best-selling author on Amazon and coach to a growing number of business owners. He established ‘Big Business Events’ in 2016, as a forum for supporting aspiring business owners, as well as established businesses seeking growth advice.
Adam was shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2016 Amazon Growing Business Awards.
Some of the comments received this morning...
"Thanks for another great evening. I have 20 appointments to be followed up..."
Dean Walters | Business Development Manager
"Great speed networking event with other chambers, very interesting airport talk as always by Chris Wiggins from MAG....thanks Julie Budden 25 new contacts made..."
Paula Tatchell | Head of Sales and Marketing UK
"Great night, well done..."
Ross Leary | Training Consultant
Special thanks to our Sponsor Novotel London Stansted Airport and our Partners:
- Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
- Bishop's Stortford Chambers of Commerce
- Brentwood Chambers of Commerce
- Business Exchange Networks
- Meet the Town