July 2022

19.07.2022
9:00am
19.07.2022 9:00am – 10:15am

Skilling London Series: Construction Skills: Building our response to London’s challenges

A London First Skilling London Virtual Roundtable
Invitation only
Coming out of the pandemic, labour and skills shortages in the construction sector are at worrying levels. This session will explore how, by working together, we can address these challenges and get London building and back to growth. Given the extent of the labour and skills shortages that are impacting the sector, this is an opportunity to bring together employers, educators and policy makers to take a deep dive into the challenges, discuss what is already being done to tackle them and how we can all work together to go further in identifying solutions.

Hosted by A2 Dominion

18.07.2022
6:30pm
18.07.2022 6:30pm – 8:30pm

London Summer Reception

Join London First, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for London and London Councils for our Summer Reception with networking drinks and canapes on the Terrace at the House of Lords. This will be an occasion to celebrate London and the part its recovery plays in the return to growth for the whole UK. We will bring together senior business leaders with key political players in the capital, drawn from all levels of government – from borough leaders, the GLA and London MPs.

Flagship Event

07.07.2022
8:00am
07.07.2022 8:00am – 10:00am

Housing Roundtable with the GLA: A discussion with Kate Webb, Head of Housing Strategy and Natalie Daniels, Assistant Director, Housing

A discussion with Kate Webb, Head of Housing Strategy
Invitation only
Join us for a roundtable discussion with Kate Webb, Head of Housing Strategy at the GLA. As part of our regular engagement with key policy makers in London, Kate will discuss the main housing challenges currently confronting City Hall and debate broader topical housing issues. This is a private discussion with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and give your views.

Hosted by Peabody

06.07.2022
11:00am
06.07.2022 11:00am – 11:15am

London First General Meeting

Invitation only
Formal notice: London First General Meeting to consider Special Resolution on London First name change We’ve been working on rebranding London First and we’re almost ready to launch our new name and brand next month at our Work, Live, Play Conference. Ahead of the launch, we will be holding a short, virtual General Meeting on Wednesday 6 July from 11:00 to 11:15 to which you are invited.
06.07.2022
9:00am
06.07.2022 9:00am – 10:00am

Business Advisory Group

July BAG
Invitation only
Please join us for our next Business Advisory Group meeting, taking place virtually on Wednesday 6 July, 10 – 11am, and chaired by Paul Drechsler, London First Chairman. We will be joined by Florence Eshalomi MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for London and Member of Parliament for Vauxhall, who will share her perspective on recovery and the cost of living challenges facing London.

Hosted by London First

June 2022

30.06.2022
12:00pm
30.06.2022 12:00pm – 2:00pm

June Chair and CEO Lunch

Invitation only
This series of events provide senior business leaders in membership with the opportunity to get together to discuss what needs to happen now to positively shape the future of business, the capital and the economy as recovery progresses. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. This session will be held shortly before our rebrand goes live, so we’d like to do an early preview before expanding the discussion into how we at London First can shape our forthcoming two-year business plan to help to pave the way to a more successful and competitive city of the future.
28.06.2022
8:30am
28.06.2022 8:30am – 10:00am

Briefing: What Next for London

Invitation only
Join London First for a high-level, cross-cutting briefing exploring the key issues on the agenda for London and Londoners through the lens of our policy and current affairs teams. This informal session will be an opportunity to gather insights and intelligence from our experts around issues on your agenda. After hearing from our experts, you will have the chance to put questions to the team before catching-up and meeting the wider London First team over a networking breakfast.

Hosted by Arcadis

15.06.2022
9:00am
15.06.2022 9:00am – 10:30am

The Future of Higher Education Research & Development – Crisis or Opportunity?

Invitation only
One of the UK’s key assets is our research base. How do we tackle the challenges and exploit the opportunities of life outside of the EU, post pandemic, and ensure we remain an R&D super-power? Over the last two years, our world-leading universities and businesses have demonstrated the UK’s science and R&D strength as they came together with government in the fight against Covid-19.

Hosted by Clyde & Co

09.06.2022
6:00pm
09.06.2022 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Welcoming the opening of the Elizabeth line

Invitation only
Join London First, in partnership with Transcend, to welcome the opening of the Elizabeth line. The event will bring together senior business leaders with key stakeholders in the capital, including the Transcend Programme Partner Joint Venture (AECOM, Jacobs and Nichols), borough leaders, the London Assembly and London MPs for speeches and networking drinks. We are delighted that Andy Byford, Transport for London Commissioner, is confirmed to speak.

In partnership with Transcend and hosted by Jacobs

May 2022

26.05.2022
5:00pm
26.05.2022 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Inspirational Leaders Series: Rob Webb QC in conversation with Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bas Javid

Invitation only
Join London First for a special leadership event with Rob Webb QC, Chairman of Luminance, in conversation with Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bas Javid, Metropolitan Police Service. The conversation will demonstrate how two leaders from very different walks of life share universal challenges and also touch upon how advances in digital technology and AI enable them to be better leaders.

Hosted by FTI Consulting

24.05.2022
8:30am
24.05.2022 8:30am – 10:30am

Modern Methods of Construction Roundtable with the Greater London Authority

Invitation only
This roundtable will explore the business case for the creation of an MMC factory in London as outlined by the Mayor in his manifesto. Attendees will be given the opportunity to discuss with the GLA, the challenges and opportunities of setting up an MMC factory drawing upon examples from across the UK and whether such a factory would be appropriate for London.

Hosted by Grimshaw

18.05.2022
8:30am
18.05.2022 8:30am – 10:00am

London First Estate Regeneration Roundtable

Invitation only
London First members will participate in a roundtable which will discuss the delivery of homes via estate regeneration projects, the new grant regime and the ability of such projects to contribute to London’s broader recovery.

Hosted by Mount Anvil

March 2022

30.03.2022
9:30am
30.03.2022 9:30am – 11:00am

Who lives in Build-to-Rent?

The launch of the second Build-to-Rent report
Invitation only
Build to rent has a vital role to play in London, helping to increase supply while professionalising the rental sector. With almost half of Londoners living in rented accommodation, this event will look at the role that BTR has to play in tackling the housing shortage, taking evidence from a new report and using this to better understand the future role of the BTR sector and impact on London’s residential property sector post-pandemic.

Hosted by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and Sponsored by Foxtons

24.03.2022
9:30am
24.03.2022 9:30am – 11:00am

Previewing the 2022 London Local Elections

Invitation only
Join London First, Field Consulting & ONLondon for a lively panel discussion looking ahead to the local elections on 5 May. This informative event will focus on the key issues affecting all 32 boroughs, from the impact of the pandemic and Brexit, through to local transport issues and the support for needed businesses.

In partnership with Field Consulting OnLondon, hosted by Grosvenor

22.03.2022
6:00pm
22.03.2022 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Spring Drinks Reception

Invitation only
Now that restrictions have lifted, we are taking the opportunity to bring our members and stakeholders back together in person for a lively spring reception. This will be an opportunity to join us and our host Dominvs for some delicious food and drinks, as we discuss what next for London and particularly how we can better embed social value into business for the benefit of the city’s communities.

Hosted by Dominvs

16.03.2022
6:30pm
16.03.2022 6:30pm – 9:00pm

London First at MIPIM - Closing reception

Invitation only
Please join us for our final event at MIPIM — kindly hosted by Arcadis and in collaboration with the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. This evening reception will bring together the public and private sectors to discuss the shared opportunities for economic recovery, growth and levelling up in the UK, as well as understanding what lessons can be learnt from across the globe.

Kindly hosted by Arcadis & In collaboration with Northern Powerhouse Partnership

15.03.2022
7:30pm
15.03.2022 7:30pm – 10:00pm

London First at MIPIM - London Government dinner

Invitation only
On Tuesday night at MIPIM we will be holding our London Government dinner, kindly hosted by DP World, bringing together London business and government, with opening remarks from Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills and further comments from Catherine McGuinness, Chairman of the Policy & Resources Committee, City of London Corporation.

Kindly hosted by DP World

15.03.2022
12:00pm
15.03.2022 12:00pm – 2:30pm

London First at MIPIM - Annual Housing Lunch

Invitation only
Join us for the return of our Annual Housing Lunch — a mainstay in the London First MIPIM calendar where leading players in the capital’s residential market and policymakers come together to share insights on current and future challenges.
14.03.2022
7:30pm
14.03.2022 7:30pm – 10:00pm

London First at MIPIM - Opening dinner with Jules Pipe CBE

Invitation only
We’re delighted to be kicking off our programme of events at MIPIM 2022 with Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills. This private dinner, kindly hosted by DP9, will offer an opportunity to discuss the key planning and development issues in London with the Deputy Mayor ahead of the formal opening of MIPIM 2022.

Kindly hosted by DP9

09.03.2022
10:00am
09.03.2022 10:00am – 11:15am

Skilling London Series: Making sense of the Government's Plan for Jobs

Invitation only

With the pandemic wreaking havoc on business workforce strategies and a labour market seeing record level job vacancies and skills shortages, the Government’s Plan for Jobs – a range of programmes and incentives designed to help business train up and recruit – aims to help. Except the offer can be hard to navigate – often, its not clear how to transfer unused apprenticeship levy money, what skills bootcamps are, and what the difference is between Kickstart and Restart.

08.03.2022
8:30am
08.03.2022 8:30am – 10:15am

DLUHC Planning Update Briefing

Invitation only
This briefing will provide an opportunity to hear the latest thinking from Government on the planning reforms and the process to bring those forward, together with any other proposed consultations. Simon Gallagher, Director of Planning at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will be delivering the update, with opportunities to ask questions after the briefing.

Hosted by Quod

03.03.2022
6:30pm
03.03.2022 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Supper Club with Guto Harri

Invitation only

Invitation only. Next in our Supper Club series, London First members will have the opportunity for informal dinner and conversation with Guto Harri. Guto spent 18 years at the BBC, becoming the Chief Political Correspondent, before joining Boris Johnson’s City Hall as Director of External Affairs. He is now an advisor, commentator and presenter and will be sharing his insights into the challenges faced by the current Government and what this means for business in the capital.

In partnership with Deloitte

February 2022

24.02.2022
10:00am
24.02.2022 10:00am – 11:15am

Skilling London Series: Tackling Skills Shortages - the Importance of Education and Business Partnerships

A London First Skilling London Virtual Roundtable hosted by Collab Group
Invitation only

London’s labour market is significantly challenged; on the one hand unemployment remains stubbornly high and large numbers have become economically inactive since the pandemic. On the other, vacancies and demand for skills are reaching record levels. But there’s a skills mismatch which is making it hard for business to access the workers they need. Doubling down on reskilling training is critical as are strategies for unlocking all parts of London’s labour market to build a more robust pipeline of diverse talent to fill staff shortages. 

Hosted by Collab Group

23.02.2022
2:00pm
23.02.2022 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Business Advisory Group - February

Invitation only
London First’s Business Advisory Group comprises leaders from cross-sector businesses, who examine the big questions the capital must answer in order to promote a positive recovery and remain competitive into the future. The group is chaired by London First Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.
22.02.2022
8:30am
22.02.2022 8:30am – 10:00am

Borough Housing Roundtable with Lambeth

Invitation only
Councillor Matthew Bennett will lead a roundtable discussion with members regarding the work that Lambeth Borough Council is doing to increase house building in the borough. Members will be able to put their questions to him after the discussion via the Q&A session.

Hosted by Grimshaw

15.02.2022
8:30am
15.02.2022 8:30am – 10:30am

London First AGM 2022 and Vision for London Strategy Session

Invitation only

Join us for our AGM, followed by a Vision for London discussion, where we will explore what the capital needs to be attractive and competitive into the future. This will be an opportunity for you to feed in your perspective, following input from senior business executives across our Board and membership. We would really value your insights on what a thriving capital needs to encapsulate, and we look forward to an in-depth conversation on how we can make London the best place in the world to do business.

Hosted by Ashurst LLP

January 2022

21.01.2022
11:00am
21.01.2022 11:00am – 12:00pm

GBR and London workshop

Invitation only

London First is intending to respond to the GBRTT whole industry strategic plan consultation that closes on 4 February. This short working session will be an opportunity to review and feed into London First’s submission.

Further details to follow in the new year.

18.01.2022
10:00am
18.01.2022 10:00am – 11:15am

Skilling London Series: Hybrid Working and Skills

A London First Skilling London Virtual Roundtable hosted by PwC
Invitation only

The more we get used to a mix of Zoom and face to face meetings, and regularly switching between home, office and coffee shop working, the more we wonder how this is affecting us, our employers and our workplaces. Will the nature and character of work continue to be in flux for the foreseeable future, is change permanent and if so how do we make it work for us? 
 

Hosted by PwC

12.01.2022
10:00am
12.01.2022 10:00am – 11:00am

London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - January 2022

Invitation only

These virtual roundtables and dinners provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the future of business, the capital and the economy with a specific focus on what is needed to support the capital’s recovery from Covid-19. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

11.01.2022
9:00am
11.01.2022 9:00am – 10:00am

Briefing with John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, join us for a virtual briefing with John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Mayor discuss his priorities for Tower Hamlets, his perspective on the key issues facing London business and the role that local government can play as we move into the next stage of recovery. 

Hosted by BT

06.01.2022
11:00am
06.01.2022 11:00am – 12:00pm

The Coalition for International Travel

Invitation only

London First are planning to step up our campaigning on London’s international connections in 2022. We are therefore looking to launch a new campaign group seeking to raise the voice of the business community — and specifically, the businesses in London and the South East that most rely on international connectivity to thrive — in the public debate.

December 2021

16.12.2021
9:00am
16.12.2021 9:00am – 10:00am

Briefing with Councillor Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, join us for a virtual briefing with Councillor Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council.

This webinar will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss his priorities for Ealing, his perspective on the key issues facing London business and the role that local government can play as we move into the next stage of recovery. 

In collaboration with Enerveo

15.12.2021
10:00am
15.12.2021 10:00am – 11:00am

London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - December

Invitation only

These virtual roundtables and dinners provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the future of business, the capital and the economy with a specific focus on what is needed to support the capital’s recovery from Covid-19. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

14.12.2021
9:00am
14.12.2021 9:00am – 10:00am

Affordable Housing Roundtable

Invitation only

This virtual event will assess the affordable housing and S106 market in London and the appetite from registered providers for them. It will be an all rounded view as assessed from across the industry and will also look at partnerships and how new JVs/​other types of partnership are faring.

In collaboration with Catalyst Housing and Town Legal LLP

November 2021

30.11.2021
9:00am
30.11.2021 9:00am – 10:30am

Build to Rent site tour: Blackhorse Mills with Legal & General

Invitation only

This event will host a small group of political stakeholders providing them with a presentation and site tour of a member’s development to allow them to see not only the types of properties that BTR delivers, but also the wider opportunities for the community and place.

In collaboration with Legal & General

24.11.2021
11:00am
24.11.2021 11:00am – 12:00pm

Future of London - the city on a world stage

Invitation only

By joining this roundtable, you will be able to hear the core strands we see as central in a future competitive London post-pandemic, and have your say in how we can best articulate this vision.

The session will be introduced and chaired by Laura Osborne, our Managing Director, Corporate Affairs. It will be a discussion format, chaired by Laura, with contributions from our pro-bono agency supporters Seven Hills and our host (tbc).

18.11.2021
9:30am
18.11.2021 9:30am – 11:00am

In Conversation with Tom Copley, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development

Invitation only
Six months on from the Mayoral election, Tom will outline the Mayor’s housing priorities for his second term of office and the work underway to implement the Mayor’s housing commitments in his manifesto. In addition, Tom will offer his thoughts on the current housing market and wider changes to policy and politics at a national level that impact on London. Plenty of time will be allowed for members to put their questions to the Deputy Mayor.

Hosted by Pinsent Masons

16.11.2021
6:00pm
16.11.2021 6:00pm – 9:00pm

London First Chair & CEO dinner - November

Invitation only

These informal roundtables provide senior business leaders — Chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

The November Chair and CEO roundtable will take place in person as a private dinner.

October 2021

27.10.2021
2:15pm
27.10.2021 2:15pm – 3:30pm

Business Advisory Group - 27 October

Invitation only

London First’s Business Advisory Group comprises leaders from cross-sector businesses, who examine the big questions the capital must answer in order to promote a positive recovery and remain competitive into the future. The group is chaired by London First Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.