“We’ve been partners with the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers since 2002, and are pleased to see the programme developing from strength to strength. Gatwick is a major economic driver for the SouthEast region and we are committed to working with our partners to support a strong local supply chain, while also boosting local business opportunities.”
Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement at Gatwick Airport
“The 2017 Programme has generated in the region of £700,000 in orders placed or planned from suppliers, with an average spend of around £5,000. Furthermore, one of our Buyers has added every one of the suppliers they have met to their tender list, so who knows how much more could be generated?”
Rosemary French, Executive Director, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
“I’m delighted that Meet the Buyers continues to be such a successful event. The Gatwick Diamond economy is going from strength to strength and it’s vital that our businesses are able to trade with each other where possible."
Councillor Peter Smith, Crawley Borough Council
"I found the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers programme very useful, both the main event itself & the learning seminars beforehand.
It is unusual to be able to meet with the people directly responsible for procurement. Having just ten minutes of their time, I prepared well beforehand to understand how I could best help them. My pitches focussed on ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems and ESOS energy audits.
Having matched meetings with organisations that were specifically looking for environmental support was particularly useful. Of the five, I have work agreed with two businesses & another in the pipeline. Between meetings, over coffee, I also made some good connections the other suppliers & exhibitors. It was a valuable day for my business."
Anya Ledwith – Director, Eshcon Ltd
“We found it very valuable to be part of the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers event last year. As our business grows within the Gatwick Diamond, we are committed (wherever possible) to buying locally and supporting local supply chains. We met over 20 local providers and have already contracted with one of these organisations with a number of others now on ‘active file’ for future procurement opportunities. It was also beneficial to raise the profile of our business and the range of services we offer and products/services we buy.”
Julie Kapsalis - Managing Director, Chichester College Group
“Direct introductions to organisations who have already expressed an interest in my services. All appointments were really useful. This has exceeded my expectations, very useful companies to meet who are open to exploring opportunities. Thank you team! .”
"The GD Meet the Buyers day was of relevance to myself as a local business. It offered us the opportunity to meet with local business to understand what they had to offer but also an opportunity to explain a little about our journey”