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Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair 2018

6th December 2017

Welcoming whole year groups from Years 11–13, the Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair is an exciting opportunity to show students the variety of careers available and the qualifications and skills they need to succeed at Heathrow.

Last year the event inspired over 5,500 visitors from the local communities of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne.

Meet top employers all under one roof in one day.In 2017 top name employers included:

Alpha LSG, Balfour Beatty, BaxterStorey, Boots The Chemist, British Airways PLC, Burberry, Caffè Nero, Casual Dining Group, Delaware North, DHL Express UK, Dixons Travel, DO & CO Event and Airline Catering Ltd, Dyer & Butler Ltd, Gate Gourmet, Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, Sodexo, Ted Baker, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Ltd
and many more.

“A vast array of inspiration, enthusiasm and expertise all under one roof.” Herschel Grammar.

“Heathrow is the biggest employer in our area. This event is very beneficial.” Featherstone High School.

Discover more by downloading the Heathrow Jobs & Careers Visitors Brochure.

Book today
Call 01823 362800 to book your places and avoid missing out.

Visit The Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair Website

Heathrow Expansion – Back Heathrow’s latest response

5th December 2017

In a year of important moments, arguably the most significant for Back Heathrow was the launch of the Government’s consultation on its National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow expansion.
This was an enormous exercise, undertaken by the Government to ensure that local residents, as well as other groups and people from across the country, had the opportunity to have their say about Heathrow expansion.
The consultation received a total of 72,239 individual responses and 58,277 of those were identified as supportive of a new runway at Heathrow. More than 80% of those (51,343) came from Back Heathrow supporters. This is a fantastic result and we couldn’t have done it without your dedication and support so thank you for all your help.
Although the consultation closed in the summer, this year’s general election meant that the Government has had to announce a short extension to the consultation, focusing on air quality and capacity, which will close on the 19th December. This is a short extension of the existing consultation in order to comply with certain legal obligations due to the snap general election, but it is very important that Back Heathrow and our supporters respond.
We need to make one last push on this consultation to show the Government just how much support there is for Heathrow expansion in the local communities near the airport. More submissions will help us reinforce our message that most local people support Heathrow expansion.
That is why we’re writing to all our supporters – whether you’ve already made a submission in the summer or if you didn’t – asking you to have your say, either again or for the first time.
If you made a submission to the consultation in the summer, then thank you but please do it again one more time.
If you didn’t make a submission in the summer, then you now have one last chance to let the Government know why you back Heathrow expansion.
We will be sending you a letter in the post later this week so please keep an eye out for it. If you haven’t received a mailing from us by the end of this week, then please drop us an email at and we will pop one in the post for you.
The results of this consultation will have a huge influence on the Government’s approach to the key issue of Heathrow expansion ahead of the Parliamentary vote in around six months’ time. It is vital that we send a clear message to the Government so that it can hear us loud and clear: “we back Heathrow expansion!”
Best wishes
Paul Cowling

Heathrow Careers Opportunities

15th November 2017

Careers for our community

Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy has many perfect roles available for local jobseekers.  Careers at Heathrow Airport are exciting, with opportunities across retail, hospitality, construction, customer service and aviation & logistics.

Latest vacancies:

Aviation & Logistics
• Warehouse Apprentice
• Ambassador
• Baggage Screening
• Plane Guarding
• PCO Drivers/Chauffeurs
• Zone Owner
• Taxi Rank Agents
Customer Service
• Engineering Help Centre Advisor
• Part Time Interviewer (Market research)

• Electricians
• Carpenter
• Shift Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Groundworkers

• Helper
• Demonstrator
• Full and Part Time Sales Consultant
• Full Time and Part Time Sales Colleagues
• Supervisor

• Waiting Staff
• Host
• Kitchen Porter
• Commis Chef
• Bartender
• Full and Part Time Baristas
• Runners
• Shift Leader
• Catering Consultant
• Full and Part Time General Assistants

Luxury retail opportunities
Heathrow Airport is the home of luxury brands seeking to recruit experienced and professional team members. Luxury retail brands seeking this unique talent pool include Tiffany & Co., Thomas Pink, Kurt Geiger and Watches of Switzerland among other notable retailers.

All vacancies are available strictly via the Academy. Please do not contact employers directly.

Do you know the ideal candidate?
Get in touch or send CVs to

Please note that all individuals must meet the following:
• Valid passport or work permit
• Can provide a five-year checkable history (including all periods of employment, unemployment, education or travel)
• Can work fully flexible shifts with varying start and finish times
• Can travel to Heathrow by public transport. (Free public transport – buses only – from Hatton Cross to all terminals.)
All employers welcome Apprentices and applicants with limited experience. Positive attitude and willingness to learn are imperative for all roles.

Pre-Employment Training: bringing careers closer

Our range of Pre-Employment Training (PET) programmes have helped thousands of local residents. Offering courses in retail, hospitality, construction and work skills, each programme is tailored to our vacancies to help candidates start their career.

PET date for your diary: Workskills Job Centre Plus 23 – 30 November

An exciting place to work
Not only are Heathrow careers challenging and fulfilling, there are many services and benefits that colleagues can enjoy:
• Public transport discounts
• Discounted shopping opportunities
• Heathrow Rewards loyalty scheme



T:   020 8759 5978




Save up to 25% on export documentation charges

27th October 2017


If you need international trade support and documentation it is now available on our doorstep at the Spelthorne Borough Council Offices in Knowle Green, Staines upon Thames, TW18 1XB.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce have recently opened a new office based in Staines upon Thames which can support your business with a wide range of international trade services and advice.

They are currently offering any Spelthorne business up to 25% off standard export documentation costs.

More information why not give them a call on 01483 735544 or email

Heathrow’s new blueprint for a sustainable freight plan

16th October 2017

We spotted this article in the Surrey Chambers of Commerce weekly newsletter and thought it was worth sharing.

A New Blueprint for Sustainable Freight  issued by Heathrow outlines practical steps the airport proposes to take to address the impacts of freight vehicles around Heathrow whilst continuing to increase cargo volumes

  • The Blueprint shows Heathrow is delivering on its pledge to be a sustainability leader and a better neighbour to local communities
  • Plans announced by Lord Deighton at the British Chambers of Commerce International Trade Summit

Speaking at the BCC International Trade Summit today, Heathrow’s Non-Executive Chairman Lord Deighton announced a new ten step Blueprint for Sustainable Freight plan to reduce the impact of freight vehicles around Heathrow. Lord Deighton’s speech is the first time the airport has publicly addressed the challenge of the environmental impacts of cargo and set out its plans to ensure that even as Heathrow and freight volumes grow with expansion, overall airport-related traffic on the road does not increase in number compared to today.

Heathrow is the UK’s biggest port by value – responsible for handling over 30% of the country’s non-EU exports by value – more than the ports of Southampton and Felixstowe combined. Heathrow’s role as a trading hub will grow as expansion takes place, with cargo capacity set to double with the addition of a third runway. Currently, the majority of freight movements – 2.75 million freight vehicle movements each year- are made to support the airport’s cargo operations.

The ten practical steps set out by Lord Deighton in his speech today detail how freight operations can be more efficient, responsible and sustainable in the future. These proposed steps include:

  • Using innovation through tools like a load consolidation “ Heathrow Cargo Cloud” app for local forwarders and the trial of low emission freight vehicles and geo-fencing technology to reduce emissions on local roads;
  • Investments in airfield charging points to install an ultra-low emission zone for vehicles on-airport;
  • Modernising cargo infrastructure at the airport to allow for more airside transhipments, consolidation points away from airport local roads and a new cargo village that reduces unnecessary vehicle movements;
  • Working with local authorities to address congestion points with a Code of Conduct for operators, and a joint strategic freight plan for local roads.

The steps outlined today show how the airport is delivering against the commitments set out in Heathrow 2.0, the airport’s sustainability strategy. Along with Heathrow’s ambitious plans to increase public transport use, and push forward on incentives like car sharing and taxi back-filling these steps will ensure that there is no more airport-related traffic on the roads compared to today with expansion.

Local residents and businesses will have the opportunity to feed into proposals on freight and Heathrow’s expansion, as they will form part of the airport’s public consultation process.

Speaking to delegates at the BCC International Trade Summit in Birmingham, Lord Deighton, Heathrow Airport’s Non-Executive Chairman said:

“Heathrow is dedicated to keeping the UK economy growing – but at the same time, we have pledged to be a sustainability leader and made promises to our local communities that we intend to keep. The ten steps we have outlined today allow us to keep building on our cargo strength and role as Heathrow’s biggest port by value, while restricting the emissions and local impacts of freight vehicles.

Through innovation, partnerships and our unwavering commitment to be a better neighbour, we are showing an expanded Heathrow is not a choice between the environment and the economy – we can deliver benefits for both.”

Chris Welsh, Director Global and European Policy, Freight Trade Association said:

“Heathrow’s Blueprint for Sustainable Freight is a collaborative and pioneering plan, by establishing a sustainable freight group, Heathrow will gain valuable insight from industry to develop procedures that are synergetic and will satisfy both Heathrow’s ambitious environmental goals as well as increasing the efficiency of freight operations in and around the airport. We look forward to working with them.”


Companies that subscribe to the load consolidation app will be able to exchange and share information about any spare capacity on their vehicles, or ask for help on a load they need to be transported. The app will work to match them, and they then contact each other offline and discuss the opportunity. The “Heathrow CargoCloud” will be the UK’s first app of its kind.

 For the full article please click here.



Construction Seminar at Heathrow Academy

9th October 2017

Do you know anyone in construction and looking for employment at Heathrow? If so they need to come along to the next Construction Information Session will be held at the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy on the 2nd November, 2017 .

The following outline  will be covered in the session

•         Overall presentation about  Heathrow Airport
•         Brief overview of the 3 arms of the Academy:  Recruitment , Apprenticeships, Development.
•         Overview of upcoming vacancies.
•         Overview of the live vacancies, apprenticeships and direct employment
•         Overview of the Pre-employment training dates. (  booking & registration, CSCS card will be included , 2 week course, guaranteed interview.)
•         Completion of the enrolment form
•         One to one with the  construction  recruitment team
•         Questions & Answer session

More information available here November Group Session.

New Heathrow Export Office

6th October 2017

New Heathrow Export Office for Surrey Chambers

From the beginning of October Surrey Chambers of Commerce are offering a full International Trade service from their Heathrow office based in Staines-Upon-Thames. Based at Spelthorne Borough Council, the new offering includes export documentation services as well as expert advice and support on international trade matters. Situated in the town nearest to Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Office will allow local and airport based businesses to drop-in and get their documents processed the same day without losing any time travelling.

Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, said “Our International Trade team currently support 400 exporters with over 3500 documents a year and the easier we can make it for them the better. Our documentation ensures a safe passage for their goods being delivered all around the world and we very often have to deal with time sensitive situations. By bringing our services close to the users we believe we are helping them”

Gary Hayes, Surrey Chambers International Trade Manager, commented “We are delighted to be reinforcing the support we already offer businesses in North Surrey and surrounding Heathrow by being able to offer export documentation services and friendly expert advice and guidance right on their doorstep.”

Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne BC, commented “We are delighted to support Surrey Chambers in this service as we want to make it as easy as possible for our businesses to export. The advice and services they provide are excellent and we are looking forward to seeing a busy vibrant office.”

Heathrow’s Head of Economic Development, Sundeep Sangha, said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help local businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade. We are looking forward to working even closer with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to boost British trading links and make Britain the best connected country in the world.”

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
(Heathrow Office)
Council Office, Knowle Green
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544

Heathrow Business Summit

3rd October 2017
You’re invited to attend the flagship Heathrow Business Summit Wednesday 8 November 2017 

The Heathrow Business Summit is a unique opportunity for you to connect and trade face to face with Heathrow’s supply chain and connect to growth opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
Get Involved 

Discover the procurement opportunities available in Heathrow’s supply chain including airside services, construction, electrical services, engineering, facilities management, fit-out and finish, food and beverage, IT, marketing, print and packaging, mechanical services, staff, transport and more at

Register online to promote your services and enter the supplier matching process for face to face 15min appointments with Heathrow’s supply chain.

Attend up to 6 pre-booked appointments and take advantage of extra appointments on the day.

Meet Heathrow’s Procurement team.

Connect with local Chambers of Commerce. Engage with Department for International Trade.

Network and form new partnerships with other SMEs.

Get your foot in the door and capitalise on the business opportunities available at Heathrow.                                                                                                                                                                       Register Today                                                                                             Places are limited, so early booking is essential to guarantee your place. Registration fees to attend the Heathrow Business Summit will apply. For full details and to register visit BOOK YOUR PLACE