Competition to win £2000 towards flights, hotel and entry to an international trade fair
Gatwick contributes £5.3bn to the economy and - like the airport - local businesses and SMEs are vital engines that help to drive the region’s economy.
To help support local businesses, they spend around £135 million directly with local and regional suppliers each year because the airport actively focuses on supporting and improving opportunities for local business to supply the airport.
A large proportion of Gatwick’s goods and services are procured through long term framework contracts, so they can form strong partnerships and many of these partners are locally based. They work closely with all of their partners to encourage and develop a strong and sustainable local supply chain.
To provide further support to local businesses, Gatwick has embarked on a partnership with the Department of International Trade (DiT). The mark the start of this partnership they have launched a competition to offer three local SMEs the chance to apply to visit an international trade fair relevant to their sector.
An SME is a company with fewer than 250 employees and which has either (a) an annual turnover not exceeding £40m or (b) an annual balance-sheet total not exceeding £34m.
If you are an SME in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Croydon then now's your chance to enter the competition to win flights and a hotel for two people to attend a trade show of your choice*, including the cost of airfares and contributions towards accommodation and/or exhibition fees.
You simply need to choose from the list of trade shows and tell us why your company would benefit from attending the trade fair in 150 words or less. What have you got to lose?
Below are just a few of the upcoming international trade fairs.
Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair
Where: Hong Kong, 27-30 April 2019
The Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair's mission is to explore opportunities for Hong Kong companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and connect them with business partners around the world.
International Defence Industry Fair
Where: Istanbul 30 April - 3 May 2019
The International Defence Industry Fair provides the opportunity to follow up on technological developments in industry as well as build international collaboration in supply programs.
Where: Hong Kong 7-10 May 2019
HOFEX is Asia’s Leading Food & Hospitality Tradeshow brings the most comprehensive selection of Food & Drinks, Hospitality Equipment & Supplies products to Asia.
International Contemporary Furniture Fair
Where: New York, 19-22 May 2019
ICFF offers an unparalleled opportunity to view innovative furniture design trends as well as interactive, educational programming led by some of industry's top leading designers and icons.
Where: Lyon, 20-22 May 2019
EVS is the leading international electric mobility show, exploring vehicle battery technology, modes of transport, charging facilities and public policy.
Where: Los Angeles, 31 May-1 June 2019
Cine Gear Expo is the premier event for the technology, entertainment and media industry with dedicated specialists from all major department in media attending.
Where: Amsterdam, 10-16 June 2019
GreenTech Amsterdam is the place to be if you're a professional in the horticulture industry, where you can make profitable business relationships, exchange ideas and learn all about the latest in horticulture technology.
Pitti Imagine Uomo Summer
Where: Florence 12-15 June 2019
Pitti Immagine Uomo Summer aims to create clear and stimulating relationships in the worldwide fashion industry involving the exhibitors, their collections and the buyers and public, by offering information, and knowledge.
Where: Paris 17-23 June
The Paris Airshow will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations.
Where: Cannes, 17-21 June 2019
Cannes Lions explores the value of creativity in branded communications: from product and service development to the creative strategy, execution and impact.
Where: Barcelona, 20-27 June 2019
ITMA is the trendsetting textile and garment technology platform where the industry converges every four years to explore fresh ideas, effective solutions and collaborative partnerships for business growth.
Summer Fancy Food
Where: New York, 23-25 June 2019
The Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food industry event in North America, and the premier showcase for industry innovation.
Laserworld of Photonics
Where: Munich, 24-27 June 2019
The world's leading Trade Fair with Congress for Photonics Components, Systems and Applications.
Where: Basel, 26-27 June 2019
Chemspec Europe brings together experts, scientists, managers and thought-leaders to discuss the latest market trends in technology, business opportunities and reglutory issues.
Pitti Imagine Bimbo Summer
Where: Florence 28 June - 2 July 2019
Pitti Immagine Bimbo is the key international fashion industry fair for the kids’ hemisphere. It has become an unmissable event for buyers from the top department stores, boutiques, concept stores and the e-commerce sites.