Hounslow Chamber of Commerce has claimed it will ensure businesses in the borough get a "slice of the action" following the government's decision to back Heathrow Airport .

CEO of Hounslow Chamber Stephen Fry has signed a declaration to work with the hub airport to develop on plans to deliver on jobs and growth for all of Britain.

He says his priority will be to secure jobs and investment in the Hounslow community.

Mr Fry said: "Our job is now to ensure that the catalytic value of expansion will benefit our economy by growing existing businesses and kick starting new start-ups thereby creating new jobs around the country.

"This will mean that while Heathrow airport already procures some £1.7bn of products and services every year from local, regional and national businesses; we can expect this to increase substantially.

Stephen Fry, CEO of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce signs Heathrow Expansion declaration of support

"My job is to ensure that Hounslow firms get a slice of the action and inject that cash directly into the veins of the community through jobs and investment."

Other organisations to pledge their support include the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), British Chambers of Commerce, British International Freight Association (BIFA), Unite the Union, London First, British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), and many more.

Business leaders sign Heathrow Expansion declaration to deliver jobs and growth for all of Britain

The pledge which has been signed and is displayed at the airport's Terminal 2, reads: "The government has made an important decision for all of the United Kingdom.

"Expanding Heathrow sends a clear message to the world that we are open for business.

"Over the next ten years this project will create thousands of decent jobs and apprenticeships throughout a majority-British supply chain.

"It will leave behind a skills legacy in every part of the country.

"It will support great UK-based industries, including steel, manufacture and engineering.

"It will open up new routes to connect all regions of the UK, enabling businesses of all sizes, and across Britain, to compete for global trade – even before the new runway is built.

"And their success will support jobs and investment today while creating thousands more over the years ahead.

“The government has set out a clear process to deliver an expanded Heathrow

"What matters now is that we all work with government to deliver expansion which is fair and affordable,while delivering for all of Britain.”

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