Trade fairs competition

A great opportunity for three local companies to take their business one step further

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, we 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 we can form strong partnerships and many of these partners are locally based. We work closely with all of our 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 we 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 our 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?

Trade fairs 

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.

HOFEX

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.

EVS32

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.

CineGear

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.

Greentech

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.

Paris Airshow

Where: Paris 17-23 June

The Paris Airshow will bring together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations.

Cannes Lions

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.

ITMA

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.

ChemSpec Europe

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.

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Give your business a headstart by entering our competition