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:
Asian Business Association
British American Tobacco
British Chambers of Commerce
British Hospitality Association
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Construction Products Association
Ernst & Young
JP Morgan Cazenove
London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
London Stock Exchange
The Sage Group plc
Scottish Chambers of Commerce
Scottish Council for Development and Industry
Tate & Lyle
Turner and Townsend
Thames Valley Economic Partnership
Ulster Bank Group
West London Business
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