Gatwick in the regional economy
Our ambition is to be London’s airport of choice, and for people in the region to enjoy the social and economic benefits of Gatwick’s success.
Working with local business
Gatwick is a major economic driver in the South East, generating around 21,000 on-airport jobs and a further 10,000 jobs through airport-related activities. We participate in regional development activities through active membership of economic groups and partnerships, working together to build a strong local supply chain; boost business and to strengthen opportunities for employment and skills development.
Membership and events
We work with partners across the wider region building strong, productive relationships with business groups and representatives from South London to the South Coast, across Sussex, Surrey and Kent, participating in and supporting events and activities, finding out about what businesses want from the airport, and keeping them informed about what matters to them.
We play an active role in supporting local business events through sponsorship, employee involvement and membership of business groups and organisations such as Gatwick Diamond Business, Chambers of Commerce (Crawley & Gatwick, Sussex and Surrey) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
We work together with local authorities and regional organisations such as the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Develop Croydon and the Gatwick Diamond Initiative to identify and address economic priorities.
A strong local supply chain
We are sponsoring partners for the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers, and have been actively involved in this event since 2002, including working collaboratively with regional partners to make sure buyers and suppliers generate business on the day. The event invites local business buyers to come along and meet larger suppliers in the area; and a programme of free supporting seminars in the lead-up to the main event helps give smaller businesses a chance to compete well.
In 2015 we spent £74.1m with local and regional suppliers*, representing almost 30% of our £248m total procurement spend, reflecting our active focus on improving opportunities for local business to supply to Gatwick (up from 23% the previous year).
Our procurement team regularly attends local events to meet potential suppliers and share how we do business as a company.
*BN, CR, GU, KT, RH, TN post codes data from GAL procurement, based on purchase order data
Employment and skills
While Gatwick Airport Limited employs around 2,700 people, the wider airport campus provides jobs for around 21,000, with a further 10,000 jobs through airport-related activities*. We work with airport partners and regional bodies to build understanding of current and future skills and employment trends and challenges, sharing data and developing joint projects, helping to build a collective response to meeting future needs.
Our educational links include supporting regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events and activities. These help to bring school topics to life and get young people interested in STEM topics; using technology to understand and address real-life airport issues such as environmental monitoring and managing passenger movement through the airport.
Our managers regularly attend careers fairs and recruitment events, with occasional talks to students about the types of jobs available at the airport. We work with airport business partners to support collaboration on employment and skills issues.
Our well-established engineering apprenticeship scheme has been running for over 20 years; and we’ve developed several graduate programmes, built on strong partnerships with universities, including leadership, engineering and IT programmes.
We published a report in July 2016 summarising research undertaken by Arup to examine the current range of jobs at Gatwick; and to assess the types of jobs and skills needed for the airport to grow. There are significant opportunities for us to work together with local and regional partners to ensure the economic and employment benefits are maximised across the local area.
* We commission a full survey of employers and employees every four years, including travel to work data which we share with local authorities and business partners. The next survey is taking place during 2016 and we will update information here as soon as it’s available.