Gatwick MP on visit to island talking business
Thursday 3rd October 2013, 10:25AM BST.
THE potential to develop business opportunities between the Gatwick area and Guernsey have been explored in meetings with the area’s MP.
Conservative Henry Smith, MP for Crawley since the last election in 2010, has developed a relationship with Commerce and Employment minister Kevin Stewart in recent months and came to the island at his invitation.
‘Traditionally places like Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth would be seen as natural port towns for Guernsey and the Channel Islands, but Gatwick has just as much to offer and I am interested in building greater links between us as economic areas,’ he said. ‘It’s not just about passing through Gatwick. We have a lot of first-class companies in manufacturing, medical and financial services in the area and there are potential economic benefits for both of us.’
During the visit Mr Smith and Jeremy Taylor, the chief executive of Gatwick Diamond Business, the Crawley-based organisation which promotes business development in the region, met political and business leaders and saw senior management at Aurigny.
Mr Smith said he expected Gatwick Diamond Business and the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce to take forward the potential for greater links.