The BTA is the representative association for the business travel community and travel management companies, with their TMC members accounting for over ninety percent of all managed travel booked in the UK.
Throughout the pandemic, Cavendish has supported the BTA to engage with senior officials within the Department for Transport and Department for International Trade. At the start of the pandemic it was decided that the industry would benefit from an APPG and associated cohort of supporters who could champion business travel and raise awareness from the backbenches of the House of Commons.
The APPG was established at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, during which business travel and the wider aviation industry has been severely impacted due to travel restrictions introduced in both the UK and other markets.
How we assisted
How we assisted
Cavendish secured a former transport minister to serve as the chair of this new group, whilst other officers were drawn from amongst MPs with a keen interest in aviation and transport: either due to a policy or wider constituency interest.
The group was successfully established in the summer of 2020 and has continued to meet throughout the pandemic.
Key aspects of support include:
- Establishment of an APPG – The APPG was successfully established at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Officers were recruited at a time when MP’s faced extreme diary and capacity pressures. The Group successfully held its AGM remotely via Zoom: allowing offices to be elected and for the APPG to be formally established.
- Ministerial Engagement – The APPG invited the Aviation Minister Robert Courts to attend a meeting and address both MPs and industry representatives on the work of the Department for Transport to support aviation throughout the pandemic. It not only allowed attendees to hear directly from the Minister, but also to feed back their concerns and recommendations.
- Awareness Raising – Meetings of the APPG have continued to attract relevant and influential parliamentarians, representing all sides of the House of Commons. Attendees have included Government Trade Envoys, Transport Select Committee members, Shadow Ministers, former aviation ministers as well as an array of partner/stakeholder organisations. This has enabled the BTA to raise greater awareness of the business travel industry and ensure pressure was maintained on Government to re-open the UK’s skies.