How London Gatwick uses AI to support regional procurement

London Gatwick to enhance opportunities for local and regional businesses through new procurement initiative
Businesses within London Gatwick’s region will have a stronger chance of procurement contracts thanks to a new AI partnership

Gatwick is partnering with data, insight and analytics platform mnAi to improve understanding of companies within their local supply chain and the services they can provide, through use of a new AI tool. 

Local procurement options 

The platform will let procurement teams at the airport identify locally-based businesses from which they can request proposals and quotes for a range of key projects, as well as supplying goods and services.

The new partnership with mnAi is in line with London Gatwick’s procurement policy, which states all procurement-led requests for proposals and quotes will include a minimum of one local or regional supplier, where suitable businesses exist.  

Seeking new opportunities 

Richard Lennard, Economic Partnerships Manager, London Gatwick said: “As we continue our second Decade of Change, it is vital we increase our understanding of the impact our procurement decisions have on the local economy. I am pleased to be working with mnAi to gain greater insight into our local, regional and UK supply chain. This increased transparency will allow Gatwick to seek out and actively include suitable businesses in our RFPs for new opportunities.” 

John Cushing, CEO and Founder, mnAi said: “Our partnership with London Gatwick is an alliance that marries innovation with scale. It signifies a collaborative step forward for both mnAi and Gatwick, and is a milestone for the local economy. Our shared vision encompasses far more than just local progress; this is a blueprint for what can be achieved nationally." 

Local/regional is defined as one of the 12 postcodes set out in the airport’s second Decade of Change – its sustainability policy which looks ahead to 2030 and sets out Gatwick’s goals on the transition to Net Zero, as well as being a partner and advocate for a strong economy. 

London Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport and is a vital piece of national infrastructure. More than 40 airlines fly from the airport to over 150 short-haul and more than 45 long-haul destinations. It has ambitious plans to be a net zero airport by 2030 and increase capacity by bringing its Northern runway into routine use. 

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