Investing in Stansted
PUBLISHED: 12:57 18 March 2011 | UPDATED: 15:36 20 February 2013
If you are looking for your business to really take off, it may be time to consider making the most of Stansted Airport - a window to the world on our doorstep...
Stansted at a glance
Stansted is the third busiest airport in the UK, the fastest-growing major airport in Europe, and the main home of the leading low-cost scheduled airlines. It's owned by BAA, the world's leading airport company, which also owns Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports.
The aiport opened in 1991 on the site of a previous airport and currently operates one runway and one terminal with a choice of flights to 165 destinations in 35 different countries. More than 23 million passengers use the airport each year and the airport itself provides jobs for more than 10,600 people.
The sky's the limit
BAA London Stansted Airport has a dedicated business section on its website providing everything you need to know about doing business with BAA. The popular Meaning Business email newsletter, currently sent to 5,000 business leaders, may also be of interest.
Planes trains and automobiles
Stansted Airport provides a fast and convenient way to travel into Central London (London Liverpool Street), with the Stansted Express trains departing every 15 minutes with an average journey time of 45 minutes. Trains now operate early morning and late at night. The Stansted Express also calls at Bishop's Stortford, Harlow Town and Tottenham Hale.
Alternatively, there is a coach service operated by National Express to London Stratford and Lea Valley stations. An hourly off-peak service connects Stansted Airport to all principal stations along the Lea Valley to London Stratford, stopping at Stansted Mountfitchet, Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow Mill, Harlow Town, Roydon, Broxbourne, Cheshunt, Enfield Lock, Angel Road, Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale and Stratford. CrossCountry Trains provide links to the Midlands and the North, connecting Stansted with Audley End, Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Leicester and Birmingham.
Plans for the future
Plans for growth at Stansted Airport will provide great opportunities for the local economy and tourism. A second runway at Stansted will bring more than 13,000 new jobs to the area.
Time to relax
There is a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars on the London Stansted site as well as a great selection of local pubs and restaurants in the towns and villages within easy reach of the airport. Look out for The Lion and Lamb pub in Takeley or for a touch of luxury, try Down Hall Country House and Hotel at Hatfield Heath.
The great benefit of shopping and eating at the airport is the huge variety on offer and there is always something new to discover. If you are travelling, you can even do your shopping at the airport and collect it when you return. The free BAA Shop & Collect service is available to passengers travelling within the European Union including the UK and Republic of Ireland.