London City Airport pledges support for Newham’s small businesses

PUBLISHED: 14:30 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:31 30 August 2016

London City Airport  (Pic: Gareth Fuller/ PA)

London City Airport (Pic: Gareth Fuller/ PA)

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One of the borough’s most important companies is hoping to take business confidence sky-high.

Liam McKay, head of public affairs at London City AirportLiam McKay, head of public affairs at London City Airport

London City Aiport is sponsoring the Businessperson of the Year category at the first Newham Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The winners will be announced at the Old Town Hall in Stratford on October 13.

“We want to help the small and medium enterprises in Newham,” Liam McKay, head of public affairs at London City Airport, said.

“It’s an opportunity for the businesses and businesspeople in the borough to be recognised for making such a difference to the community.”

Mr McKay said the airport will not be putting itself forward for any awards, but is nonetheless proud of the firm’s commitment to Newham.

“There are close to 600 local people who have been helped into employment at London City Airport,” he said.

“That’s a great achievement.”

He added: “We will be creating 1,600 jobs with our planned growth and we want as many of those to be from the area as possible.”

Representatives from the airport will also be judging the contenders for the Businessperson of the Year award, and Mr McKay sketched out an idea of what might impress.

“I think it’ll be someone who’s demonstated leadership,” he said.

“It’s going to be someone who is running and developing their business but also making a difference on the ground in Newham.”

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