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Heathrow third runway plan backed by 100 firms

Plans for a third runway to be built at Heathrow airport have been supported by 100 top UK firms.

The firm’s, which include Balfour Beatty, Costain, Laing O’Rourke and Carillion, have given their backing for the third runway as long as it is built within strict environmental standards.

A statement from the 100 companies revealed today 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 competitiors – 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.”

CBI Director-General Richard Lambert 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.

“Businesses today operate in an increasingly global environment and 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.”

The total revenue of the 100 public and private sector companies is over £480 billion per year who directly employ 825,000 staff collectively.

The 100 companies are:

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