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A summary of the many ways in which Heathrow continues to support the UK

21 Dec 2018 by Lisa Childs

As Christmas approaches, I wanted to share a summary of the many ways in which Heathrow continues to support the UK as a trading nation, connecting the best of British businesses with key markets around the world. In the year to September 2018, Heathrow was responsible for moving over £55 billion of exports from the UK to global customers, in our role as the UK's biggest port by value for markets outside the EU. This continued strength reinforces Heathrow's position as a cornerstone of the national economy, with 95% of these exports being carried under peoples' feet in the belly hold of our passenger planes.

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  • 12 Exporters of Christmas: To celebrate the broad range and high quality of SME exporters across the country who support jobs and boost their local economies by trading with the world, we launched our ’12 Exporters of Christmas 2018’ campaign for the second year running. All of the SMEs featured in the campaign use Heathrow to transport their goods quickly and reliably to Christmas trees around the world and we are delighted to share their stories with you. Just click on the image below to read more about English Tea exported from Cornwall to Taiwan or wooden bowties made from whiskey barrels in Scotland  making their way to customers in Australia. Feel free to retweet the cargo success story @yourheathrow here.
  • Heathrow’s Trade Tracker: This month we have also launched the third edition of Heathrow’s Export Climate Index, compiled by Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), which tracks the value and destination of international trade moving through the UK’s hub airport every quarter. 2018 has seen continual growth in export value at Heathrow – with over 35% of the UK’s non-EU exports travelling through the airport. In particular, exports to US and China alone equalled £5.84 billion in Q3. This is more than triple the value going to the EU, demonstrating how the airport is in a key position to facilitate the vital UK trading relationships of the future; especially along with expansion, which will double Heathrow’s cargo capacity.
  • Doubling Chinese routes: 2018 has seen Heathrow double our direct connections to China, adding six new routes to key trading destinations previously not served by any direct UK connection; Wuhan, Chongqing, Sanya, Changsa, Xi’ian and Shenzhen. The benefit of these new connections is already evident from the surge in export value from Heathrow to China; increasing by over 200% in Q2 and Q3 this year compared to 2017. This growth highlights the demand for air freight to new markets and underlining our position as a cornerstone of the UK economy as we facilitate global trade.
  • World of Opportunity (WOO) Export Grants Programme: For the second year running, Heathrow has awarded 20 UK SMEs with £2,000 each to support with international trade missions to forge new exporting links with customers around the globe, in partnership with the Department for International Trade’s Exporting is GREAT campaign. During the Autumn all 20 SMEs were awarded their grant cheques with some businesses already completing their trade missions and sharing their success stories with us. Just like Direct Access Consultancy from Nantwich who were able to open their first office in the UAE this year, after their WOO trade mission led to them winning a prestigious contract in the country.  

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you would like any further detail on any of the points - or businesses - covered in this email, or about Heathrow’s cargo capabilities with expansion.


Best wishes and Merry Christmas,


Lisa Childs

Senior External Affairs Manager

Heathrow Airport

The Compass Centre, Nelson Road

Hounslow, Middlesex, TW6 2GW


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