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Heathrow World of Opportunity

Direct Access were the only North West firm to win the World of Opportunity grant from Heathrow Airport to support our expansion of services into the Middle East. As a result of the support from Heathrow and our local Member of Parliament, Laura Smith, we were able to promote accessibility services at the recent Dubai Hotel Show and the Facilities Management Expo.

Heathrow has partnered with the Department for International Trade “Exporting is GREAT Campaign” to fund small firms to export with £40,000 of funding.

Stephen Dering, Head of Engagement at Direct Access said “We were very happy to have been awarded a Heathrow World of Opportunity export grant, which enabled Direct Access to attend the Dubai Hotel Show and to present at the Facilities Management Expo – on improving access for disabled people in the Middle East.

“Heathrow’s backing enabled us to reach more prospective clients than we would have had the resources to do. As a leading disability consultancy for over fifteen years in the U.K. we are delighted to be exporting British expertise into the Middle East.”

Nearly 150 applications were received, and the winning entries were chosen by experts including Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton and Parveen Thornhill, London and Devolved Administration Director for the Department of International Trade.

Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said: “It is great to see the UK’s global export hub airport, Heathrow, support our small businesses to build their presence in markets around the world.

“As a former small business owner, I know the challenges of a competitive marketplace; but Direct Access Consultancy have overcome these at an international level.

“Their positivity about the opportunities that exist around the world means they are now bringing investment to Crewe and Nantwich and I am very proud of their achievements.”

Emma Gilthorpe, Heathrow’s Executive Expansion Director said: “We’re thrilled to be working with the DIT for the second year to support these entrepreneurs as they look to expand their businesses abroad.

“Our airport plays a crucial role connecting British people, goods and services to the world, and now with the World of Opportunity programme we’re able to help these businesses as they begin their exporting journeys.”

Link to local press article in Nantwich News

(Pic: Veronica Dawson, International Trade Adviser, North West DIT Team; Stephen Dering of Direct Access, and Laura Smith MP)

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