London City Airport hosted two successful events this past week to support its recruitment drive and recovery of local businesses, following the pandemic.
The airport welcomed almost 150 attendees to its first jobs fair since the pandemic begun, to showcase current employment opportunities, with nearly one in three attendees applying for live vacancies.
London City Airport, in partnership with UMi and Newham Council, also sponsored the Royal Docks Business Recovery event, providing procurement support to local businesses, ahead of the airport’s Meet the Buyer event to be held later this year.
Other airport partners, such as Swissport, British Airways CityFlyer, Pret A Manger and Truman’s also promoted job vacancies at the event.
London City Airport’s Chief People Officer, Michael Spiers, said: “We were delighted to host this series of events and work closely with our local community, as we start to recover.
“With Covid-19 restrictions relaxed, the airport is now entering an exciting phase and our recruitment drive is testament to our – and our airport partners’ – confidence in renewed growth.”
London City Airport’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Lucy Craven, spoke at the Business Recovery event, setting out the airport’s expected passenger growth through 2022 and how the business wants to recover in a supportive and sustainable way for local businesses.
The Royal Docks Business Recovery event featured prominent local stakeholders, with updates and presentations from Councillor Genevieve Kitchen, who serves as Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Wealth Building at Newham Council and colleague, Rose Younger MCIPS, Director of Procurement.
Frank Herkströter from Innovate UK Edge hosted a session on ‘Running a Business in turbulent times’ and a virtual exhibition was also held after the sessions with local SME support programmes.
Over 80 local businesses attended the event, including local businesses such as, Promo2u Limited and Kilnbridge Construction, to name a few.
UMi Chief Commercial Officer, Suzanne McCreedy, said: “By working together with partners, such as London City Airport and Newham Council, we’re able to make an even bigger difference to help businesses do more and go further.
“The event was a brilliant example of that, focusing on making it easier for businesses to know and understand how to best recover and run a business during turbulent times, equipping them with what is needed to put themselves in the best possible shape to win new business in and around the Royal Docks area.”