Over 270 of Britain’s leading business leaders have signed an open letter to the Prime Minster demanding the Government implement the Airports Commission’s clean and unanimous recommendation to expand Heathrow.

The letter was covered in the Sunday Telegraph. To see the article, click here.

The letter was covered in the Sunday Telegraph. To see the article, click on image.

The full letter text:

Dear Prime Minister,

The independent Airports Commission has made a clear recommendation that Heathrow is the right location for airport expansion. Heathrow’s new expansion plan ensures this can be done sustainably. The Commission’s final recommendation follows nearly three years of extensive consultation, evidence gathering and analysis. Now your Government must support this recommendation to expand Heathrow.

Heathrow puts Britain right at the heart of the global economy and has helped it become one of the world’s great trading nations.

But Heathrow – the UK’s only hub airport – has been operating at capacity for the past decade. This lack of hub capacity is holding back the growth of UK businesses who want to fly directly to emerging markets; trade and transport their goods via air freight; create more jobs and connect to the UK’s regions.

The Commission is clear: further delay will be increasingly costly and will be seen, nationally and internationally, as a sign that the UK is unwilling or unable to take the steps needed to maintain its position as a well-connected open trading economy in the twenty first century.

Now is the time for Government decision and action. Your Government must support UK businesses by implementing the Airports Commission’s recommendation and expand Heathrow.


Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman, Heathrow Airport Limited and signatories

The full list of signatories:

Sir Nigel Rudd, Heathrow Airport Limited, Chairman
Sir Michael Rake, Personal capacity
Sir Gerry Grimstone, TheCityUK, Chairman
Sir John Parker , The Royal Academy of Engineering, Former President
Michael Turner CBE, Babcock International Group, Chairman
John Gildersleeve, British Land, Chairman
Stephen Hubbard, CBRE, Chairman UK
John Devaney, Cobham UK, Chairman
Mike Norris, Computacenter (UK) Ltd, Group Chief Executive
Simon Fraser, Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust Plc, Chairman
Julian Cazalet, Herald Investment Trust plc, Chairman
Derek Mapp, Informa PLC, Chairman
Robin Buchanan, Chairman, Michael Page International (also Bain, Senior Adviser)
Keith Howells, Mott MacDonald Group, Chairman
Michael Harper, Personal capacity
Ken Olisa OBE, Restoration Partners, Chairman
Martin A Scicluna, RSA Insurance Group and Great Portland Estates, Chairman
Nigel Rich, SEGRO, Chairman
Lindsay Page, Ted Baker London, Chief Operating Officer
Ronan Dunne, Telefonica, UK CEO
Bob Mackenzie, The Automobile Association, Executive Chairman
Baroness Jo Valentine, London First, Chief Executive
Paul Drechsler, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), President Designate
Mike Cherry AIMMM FRSA, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Policy Director
David Wells, Freight Transport Association (FTA), Chief Executive
Gavin Hayes, Let Britain Fly, Director
Jeffries Briginshaw, British American Business (BAB), CEO
Robert Keen, British International Freight Association (BIFA), Director General
Toby Gibbs, Amec Foster Wheeler, UK Director – Environmental Assessment
Rob Jenner, Atkins Global, Associate Director
James Drummond, Berendsen PLC, CEO
Rick Murphy, Carillion, Customer Business Director, Transport and Aviation Sector
Connor Hennebry, Deutsche Bank, Managing Director
John Barton, easyJet, Chairman
Carolyn McCall, easyJet, CEO
Adrian Johnson, Eat, CEO
John S Whitehead, Food & Drink Exporters Association, Director
Jonathon Swaine, Fuller’s (Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC), Managing Director, Fuller’s Inns
Ralph Cunningham, Hamleys, Retail & Brand Director
Marc Waters, Hewlett-Packard, VP Enterprise Group, UK and Ireland
Matthew Eastwood, Honeywell Building Solutions, Managing Director, UK and Nordics
Rupert Gather, InvestUK Ltd, Chairman
Alan Sullivan, JCDecaux, Managing Director
Steve Cardew, Kawasaki Precision Machinery Ltd, Managing Director
Ben Murray, Keltic Seafare, Managing Director
Louis Barnett, Louis Barnett Chocolates, Founder
Tom Meggle, Louis Vuitton, Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
Mark Reynolds, Mace Group, Chief Executive
Weng Chi Lee, Malaysia Airlines, Area Manager UK & Ireland
Nick Fletcher, Morgan Sindall, Managing Director, Infrastructure
Mark Buist, Penguins.co.uk, Managing Director
Bill Moore CBE, Portman Estate, Chief Executive
Stefano Sutter, Prada, Regional Director, Northern Europe
Inderneel Singh, Radisson Blu May Fair, Managing Director
Harry Samuel, RBC Capital Markets
Ian Dormer, Rosh Engineering Ltd, Managing Director
Garry Clark, Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Head of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Paul Kelly, Selfridges Group, Group Managing Director
George Beveridge, Sellafield Ltd, Chief Business Officer
Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates, Founder
Robert Anderson, The Tomatin Distillery Co Ltd, CEO
Jonathan Heilbron, Thomas Pink, President and CEO
Les O’Gorman, UCB, Director, UK Facilities
Bernard Molloy, Unipart Group, Global Industrial Logistics Director
Mark Dobson, Wilson James, Chief Executive
James Bream, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Research and Policy Director
Charles Brindley, Active Thinking, Customer Experience Designer
Bernardo Gogna, AECOM, Senior Vice President – Director Global Aviation
John Foster, Affini, Sales Director
Mike Agate, Agate Associates, Director
Tara Naidu, Air India, Regional Manager – UK
Phil Wright, Airport Energy, Executive Chairman
Andrew Martin, AJAR-tec, Director
Richard Edwards, Anpario Plc, Executive Vice Chairman
Brett Edwards, Anytime Fitness, General Manager
Kim Challis, APCOA Parking, Regional Managing Director, APCOA UK&I
Bob Kingston, APR (Witney) Ltd, Director
John Yeatman, Archer Technicoat Ltd, Managing Director
Simon Beards, Aruba Networks, UK Territory Manager
Nelson Ogunshakin, Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE), Chief Executive
Kishore Patel, Audio Ltd, Managing Director
Stephen Fox CBE, BAM Nuttall Ltd, Chief Executive
Barrie Smith, Barrie P Smith Ltd, Proprietor
Harold Paisner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Senior Partner Emeritus
Rob Bould, Bilfinger GVA, Chief Executive
Bill Manville, Bill Manville Associates, Founder
Ray Avery, Bloxham Mill Business Centre, Managing Director
Andreas Wild, Bombardier, Director, BID Management
Les Martin, Bramble Design Ltd, Director
Paul Brady, Bridges Worldwide Plc, General Manager
Mark Brock, Brocksdown Leaded and Stained Glass, Proprietor
Preetham Sharma, Brown and Burk UK Ltd, UK Country Manager
Andrew Ward , Brunel University London, Director of Corporate Relations
Peter Younie, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting Ltd, Founder
Petteri Uljas, Capgemini, CEO, Northern Europe, Infrastructure Services
Carl Murray, Capital Cash Ltd, Managing Director
Stuart McColm, Castle Stuart Golf Links, General Manager
Suhail Rebeiz, Caviar House & Prunier, General Manager UK
Gary Corrigan, CET Infrastructure, Technical Sales Director
Pierre de Maigret, Christian Dior, General Director, UK
Alasdair Reisner, Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), Chief Executive
Rosalind Thomas, Clearwater Swimming Pools Ltd, Company Secretary
Graham Read, CN Group Ltd, Director
Arjun Ramdas, Cognizant, Head of Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics, UK&I
Brian Thompson, Control Developments (UK) Ltd, Managing Director
David Faull, Copthorne Hotel Slough-Windsor, General Manager
Gary S Kendall, Courier Facilities Ltd (CFL), Managing Director
Stuart Homewood, Courier Network Ltd, Director
David McAfee, Cranes Ltd, Managing Director
Jamie Brutnall, Creative Triangle Limited, Creative Director
Fiona Strens, Crowd Vision Ltd, CEO
David Merriman, CT-UK, Sales Director
Rodney Bridle, Dam Safety Ltd, Director
Richard Bristow, DB Sport and Scale Ltd, Owner and Director
Sam Sohal, Direct Corporate Clothing Plc, Joint Managing Director
Daniel Fell, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, CEO
Dom Jenkins, Dot Software Ltd, Founder
Leslie Morgan, Durbin, Managing Director
Jon Whitehouse, Dyer & Butler, Operations Director
Jeffrey Smith, Eacotts, Managing Partner
Jamela Khan, Ebsi UK Ltd, Managing Director
Fiona Fletcher, Echo Events, Managing Director
Hans Gauthier, Elegant Destinations, CEO
Rob Lamey FCCA, Elsburys Ltd, Director
MC Patel, Emotion Systems, CEO
Rafiq Chohan, Enbright, CEO
Karen Finegold, Engineering Industries Association (EIA), Executive Director
Ian Dewar, Ergonomic Solutions, Managing Director
David Elliott, Excess Baggage Group, CEO
Mario Mostoles, Ferrovial Agroman, Managing Director UK & Ireland
Jolyon Wilkinson, Filestream Ltd, Sales Director
Bill Martin, First Co., Managing Director
Nigel Foster, Fore Consulting, Director
David Bloxham, GCS Ltd, Managing Director
Simon Pearce, Gentworks Ltd, Managing Director
Hugh Bullock, Gerald Eve, Chairman
David Owen, Gfirst LEP, Chief Executive
Stuart Patrick, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive
Scott Taylor, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Chief Executive
Alastair Kennedy, Global Energy Group, Communications Director
Eddie Gilbert, Green Living Energy, Managing Director
Paul Wait, Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC), CEO
Simon Blockley, Guidant Group Client Solutions, Director, UK & Europe
Andy Dicks, Hare Hatch Sheeplands, Retail Operations Manager
Andy Bellamy, Hilton Garden Inn London Heathrow Airport, General Manager
Meredith Bevan, Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, General Manager
Stephen Fry, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, CEO
Edward Humphrey-Evans, Humphrey-Evans Intellectual Property Services Ltd, Principal
Shane Sutton, Independent Wholesale Express Ltd (Indy), Airfreight Product Manager
Philip Villars, Indigo Planning Ltd, Managing Director
James Nason, Instinctif Partners, Partner
Ian C Dewar, IoD West Thames, Chairman
Freda Newton, Jacobite Cruises Ltd, Managing Director
Jane Milton, Food Industry Expert, Self-employed
Paul Lovett, Jointline Ltd, Director
Guy Lachlan, Jones and Cocks Ltd, Owner
Jennifer James, JPL Consulting
Karen Angela Esposito, KCL Cleaning Services Ltd, Director
Tim Gregory, Key Management Systems Ltd, Director
Ken Pankiewicz, KickFit Martial Arts Schools, Chief Instructor
Craig Ewan, Kingsmills Hotel / Kingsclub & Spa, General Manager
Gill Peter, KONE, ‎Infrastructure & Escalator, Director
Ian Higgins, Kuehne and Nagal Limited, Senior Import Clerk
Peter Cox, Launton Settlement Trust, Trustee
Mark Lebus, LC Energy, Managing Director
John Parkin, Leeds Bradford International Airport, Chief Executive
Roger Marsh OBE, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Chairman
Jonathan Longden, Leys Longden and Co, Director
Graham M Earl, Litchford Consulting, Founder
Jenny Stewart, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CIC, Chief Executive
Andrew Cornish, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, CEO
Neil Tyler, Machining Technology Ltd, Managing Director
Michael J P Miller, Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, Chairman
Paul Brown, Mail Handling International, CEO
Nikki Burns, Making Your Ideas Happen, Owner
Michael Webber, Manchester Square Partners, Partner
Peter Rose, MAPP, Managing Director
Andrew McNaughton, McNaughton Dynamics Ltd, Managing Director
Richard Jackson, Mercure London Heathrow Hotel, General Manager
Taha Coburn-Kutay, Middlesex Asian Business Association, Chairman
Paul Naldrett, Morpho UK Ltd, Managing Director
Richard Wilks, NEC Display Solutions, EMEA, Airport Business Development Manager
Barrie Hensby, NEL Fund Managers Limited, Chief Executive
Chris Teal, Neptune Oceanographics Ltd, Director
Michele Wietscher, New View Homes, Director
Greg Jones, Newmax Precision Ltd, Director & Company Secretary
James Ramsbotham, North East Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive
Glyn Roberts, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, Chief Executive
Jihed Lejmi, Novotel London Heathrow, General Manager
Paul Donaldson, Nuance, General Manager (UK)
Will Tyler, Octink, Chief Executive
Krishan Perera, Oman Air, Regional Airport Services Manager (Europe & Africa)
Ernie Patterson, Omniserv/ Airserv, Chairman
Neil Robinson, Our Soles, Director
Nichola Hay, Outsource Training and Development, Director
Tracy North, Outwrite.co.uk, Managing Director
Harada Michru, Overseas Courier Service Co. Ltd (Subsidiary of Air Nippon Airways), Managing Director
Richard Hardie, Oxford Kitchens & Bathrooms, Managing Director
Carl Kruger, Oxford Quality Centre, Director
Ronald Morton, Oxford Scientific Products, Director
John Barne, Oxford Timber Audits, Group Manager
Adrian Shooters, Oxfordshire LEP, Chairman
Paul White, Paul Blanco’s Good Car Company, Owner
Simon Priestley, Personal capacity
Peter Fergusson, Peter Fergusson Properties Ltd, Founder
Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons LLP, Senior Partner
Benjamin Biggs, Plantasia, Proprietor
Bob Buskie, Port of Cromarty Firth, Chief Executive
David Maidment, Printer Medic, Printer Technician
Robin Brooks, Process Plant Computing Ltd (PPCL), CEO
Stephen Burns, Pyropress Engineering, General Manager
John Rhodes OBE, Quod, Director
Dennis McCann, Radisson Blu Glasgow, General Manager
Katie Lowe, Reach Contact, Joint Managing Director
Cis Taylor, Rebound Electronics, Company Secretary
Clive Williams, Rectangle Red, Director
Linda Jones, Right Forwarding, Director
Alex Wilson, Rolling Luggage, Managing Director
Robin StJohn Smith, RSJ IT Solutions, Owner
Gurshinder Dosanjh, Salto Systems, Director
Mhairi Callander, Scott-Moncrieff, Partner
Alan Dawson, Sensible Safety Solutions, Director
Andrew Pitt, Service Point Heathrow, Business Manager
Jonathan Bradley, Sharp and Strong Ltd, Director
Thierry Henrot, Sheraton Skyline Hotel London Heathrow, General Manager
Richard Browne, Signs Express, Owner
Killian Whelan, Sim Local, CEO
Kathleen Gell, Simply Let, Director
Bob Jones, Slough Business Community Partnership, Partnership Manager
Simon Black, Smythson, Head of Travel Retail
Richard Jones, Solent LEP, Policy and Communications Manager
Ros Hawley, Sor Business, CEO
Paul Colman, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Executive
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, South East Midlands LEP, Chair
Andrew Dakers, Spark Work Experience, Director
Doug Squires, Squires Gear and Engineering Limited, Founder
Steve Pepper, Steve Pepper Training Associates, Founder
Kathleen Stubbings, Stubbings Accountancy, Owner
John Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe, Managing Director
Barry Dennington, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP, Chairman
Lawrence Sword, Sword Services, Owner
Amit Singh, Tata Consultancy Services, Client Partner
Steve Reynolds, TBS Enterprise Mobility, Managing Director
Tim Smith MBE, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Ltd, Chief Executive
Paul Britton, Thames Valley Chamber, Head of Inward Investment & Reinvestment
Ron Williams, Thatcham & Newbury Maintenance Services, Proprietor
Tracey Walsh, The Baby Studio Ltd, Co-FounderKay Buxton, The Paddington Partnership, Chief Executive
Maggie Rogers, The Travelwallet, Managing Director
Stephen Wright, Thorite, Managing Director
Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast, Chief Executive
Adrian Soper, Touchstone Electronics, Director
David Ross, Tradebridge Limited, Managing Director
Paul Brindley, Travelex, Global Business Development Director
Andrew Cotton, Trinity Fire and Security Systems, Managing Director
Vincent Clancy, Turner & Townsend, Chief Executive
Murray Rowden, Turner and Townsend Infrastructure, Global MD Infrastructure
Stephen Waldron, Tyco Integrated Fire and Security, Operations Director
Matthew Battle, UK Property Forums, Managing Director
Rachel Hunt, Unicol, Marketing Director
Ravi Soni, United Business Xpress (UBX), Director
Sir David Bell, University of Reading, Vice-Chancellor
Ash Mistry, University of West London, Course Leader, Airline and Airport Management
Lorraine Collins, Uxbridge College, Executive Director, Enterprise and Development
Nick Porter, Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd, General Manager
Gintas Vilkelis, Vilkelis & Associates, Director
Milan Shah, Virani Food Products Limited, Owner
Sandra Doherty, Visit Harrogate, Chair
Ruth Wallace, Wallace School of Transport, Founder
Mark Goldstone, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Head of Business Representation and Policy
Colin Brew, West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Frank Wingate, West London Business, Chief Executive
Mr Wharton, Wharton Electronics Ltd, Owner
Amanda Magagnin, Wilkins Kennedy LLP, Partner
Stephen Gibson, Wilsham Consulting Ltd, Director
Stephen Scott, Wilson and Scott, Managing Director
Paul Winter, Wire Belt Company Limited, UK Managing Director
Phil Walker, WTT Results Ltd, Director


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