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Third Runway and emergency budget will top agenda at Hillingdon Business Expo

Visitors to Hillingdon Business Expo will have plenty to talk about - George Osborne’s emergency budget, the third runway decision and the drones buzzing overhead.

The inaugural Expo at Brunel University London on Thursday (July 9) will bring together companies both large and small, their clients and suppliers, politicians, the local authority and hundreds of visitors, for a day of networking, workshops and information.

One of the more than 50 exhibitor companies is Sky-Futures, a remote-control drone operator which uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to inspect gas and oil installations.

Based in The Old Vinyl Factory in Blyth Road, Hayes – the former HMV building, now converted to office space – Sky-Futures is celebrating its recent acquisition of additional funding to help it grow the business.

It is keen to emphasise its decision to set up in Hayes - which it regards as a great place to be in business - as well as wanting to show off what it can do.

Its operatives will fly drones outside the Expo building, linking live pictures to screens inside.

Talking point: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's emergency budget

The buzz inside will be political, with today’s budget and its impact on business, and last week’s announcement that Heathrow is the preferred option for a new runway, bound to be on visitors’ lips.

Hillingdon Business Expo starts at 9.30am in the Hamilton Suite at the campus in Kingston Lane, Uxbridge.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be entertainment, free barbecue from noon-3pm and a full day programme of business workshops.

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