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Third Heathrow runway gets backing from top businesses

Heathrow Airport's plans for a third runway have received backing today from 100 leading UK companies.

In a statement appearing in UK national newspapers today the firms, which include a number of finance and construction companies, said the expansion needs to go ahead within strict environmental standards.

The combined revenue of the public and private companies is in excess of £480bn. Together, the organisations employ more than 825,000 people in the UK.

The statement said: "Heathrow Airport is vital for business. It offers the direct connections which make our companies globally successful, and which will be all the more important as India and China grow.

"That's been recognised by our European competitors – Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt airports will each have at least four runways by 2012. And that's why Heathrow needs a third runway built within strict environmental standards. Britain is at the heart of the global economy. Let's make the right decisions to keep us successful."

Richard Lambert, Director-General of the CBI said: "This statement from a wide cross-section of British business demonstrates just how important good international transport links are to the long-term competitiveness of the UK

"If the UK is to remain an attractive place for them to locate, we need good, direct access to the global economic powerhouses such as China and India," he said.

The 100 companies supporting the motion:

Addleshaw Goddard
Alliance Boots
Amec
Amey
Arora
Asian Business Association
AstraZeneca
Avanta
Babcock
BAE Systems
Balfour Beatty
Barclays
Boeing
British American Tobacco
BBA Aviation
British Chambers of Commerce
British Hospitality Association
British Land
BT
Carillion
Carlton Partners
CBI
Clifford Chance
Cinven
Citi
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Construction Products Association
Compass Group
Corus
Costain
Counselage
Deloitte
Deutsche Bank
Diageo
Dial Consultants
DLA Piper
DWC Tang
EC Harris
Ernst & Young
EDS
Enterprise Inns
Freshfields Bruckhaus
Deringer
Friends Provident
First Group
Future Heathrow
GMB
Greenhill
Guoman Hotels
Hilton Hotels
Imperial Tobacco
IoD
JCA Group
JCB
JC Decaux
JER Partners
JP Morgan Cazenove
Laing O'Rourke
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
London Stock Exchange
Mace
Marshalls
MCM
Merrill Lynch
MMC
Nomura
Noon
NSG Group
Omnicom Group
Pendragon
Pirelli
QinetiQ
RioTinto
Rothschild
RWE npower
SAB Miller
The Sage Group plc
Stuart Aviation
Standard Chartered
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Serco
Severn Trent
Siemens
Sodexo
Spencer Stuart
Tate & Lyle
Thistle
Thomson Reuters
Tube Lines
TUC
Turner and Townsend
Thames Valley Economic Partnership
Ulster Bank Group
Unite
United Utilities
Whitbread
Whitehead Mann
West London Business
WPP Group
Wragge & Co LLP

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