The event, now in its third year, included 77 suppliers and buyers encompassing a great breadth of industry sectors from across the Region.
Yolanda Rugg, Commercial Director at The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, commented that, “Businesses across Beds and Herts were thrilled to access key decision makers from sizeable organisations located at the airport, and be given the opportunity to pitch for local contracts and add value to the supply chains. This was a great event to help boost confidence and support business growth.”
Support from the event also came from Sue Munn, Business Development Manager at the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, who said that there is “untold value in initiatives such as Meet the Buyer”, especially in encouraging organisations to “facilitate and encourage a ‘buy local’ culture”.
The event encapsulates London Luton Airport’s commitment to positively contribute towards the regional economy and in a very real way provide opportunities for local businesses.
Glyn Jones, Managing Director, London Luton Airport said, “The ‘Meet the Buyer’ event has been a resounding success. This resulted in opportunities to do business which has a real impact on the local and regional economy, which only goes to emphasis the important role that the Airport plays as a key economic driver in the Region. We would like to thank all of the local agencies that partnered on the event, their input ensures the wide reach of the event into Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, not to mention the suppliers, who through their attendance have raised almost £7000 for Sue Ryder, the Airport charity of the year.
‘Meet the Buyer’ is hosted in conjunction with Luton Borough Council, The Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Central Bedfordshire Council, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce, University of Bedfordshire and the Federation of Small Businesses.