Gatwick Diamond Initiative Newsletter - January 2023

London Gatwick Airport welcomes Air India with four new long-haul routes

London Gatwick, part of VINCI Airports' network, is set to welcome its latest new airline this summer, with Air India announcing four new routes to Goa, Ahmedabad, Amritsar and Kochi (Cochin), starting from 26 March.
These new routes strengthen established, strong community links between the UK - particularly London - and India.

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Gatwick Diamond Business Awards takes place on 23rd March

The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards (GDBA) take place on Thursday 23rd March, bringing together the very best of the Gatwick Diamond business community to celebrate the achievements of world-class businesses from across the region.

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The region has an airport economy which could generate £8.4bn by 2028

Seven Towns Fund £12.6m boost for Crawley

Seven out of ten project business cases, set for government Towns funding in Crawley have been approved, with another expected to get the green light shortly.

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Funding available from Gatwick Airport

People working for local community projects in Sussex, Surrey and Kent can now apply for funding from Gatwick Airport's Foundation Fund, which was relaunched in November.

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Sussex Building Control scoop three major awards

Sussex Building Control (the Local Authority Building Control service for Horsham District Council and Crawley Borough Council) have won three major business awards at the 2022 South East Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards.

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£7 million tech fund to decarbonise freight and boost innovation announced

Delivering freight across the UK could become more efficient and cleaner thanks to a £7 million government-backed fund launched 9 January 2023 that will roll out innovative new ideas and technology across the industry.

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London Gatwick serves 32.8 million passengers in 2022

Annual traffic results published by VINCI Airports show that London Gatwick Airport served 32.8 million passengers in 2022, which represents 71% of pre-pandemic (2019) numbers. This follows the airport welcoming only 6.3 million passengers in 2021.

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New independent logistics operator moves to Manor Royal

Europa Worldwide Group has invested three million pounds in increasing its UK and European road freight sales network for the Europa Road division, opening a branch in the Regus offices at Manor Royal.

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Next 'Connected Crawley' event tomorrow

Manor Royal and Crawley Town Centre BIDs, Freedom Works and Gatwick Diamond Business present the next CONNECTED CRAWLEY free event.

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Businesses across East Surrey asked to take part in new business survey

Businesses large and small, entrepreneurs, sole traders, start-ups and scale ups across East Surrey are being asked to identify what needs to be done to enable the region to reach its full economic potential and to further support their businesses.

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First Surrey Chamber of Commerce LSIP event announced

Surrey Chambers of Commerce have been designated by the Department for Education to lead the delivery of the Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) in the Surrey & North/Mid-Hampshire area.

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Gin trade deal with Australia announced

UK gin and tonic producers, including Brighton Gin, are set to receive an export boost in 2023, with tariffs on all products going to Australia due to be removed under the UK-Australia free trade agreement (FTA).

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SATCOM Group invest in Manor Royal

Satcom Group has purchased two office buildings in Manor Royal

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Horsham District Local Plan development paused

Senior councillors of Horsham District Council have voted to pause the development of the Horsham District Local Plan until later this year.

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