March 2024

Event

27.03.2024

BusinessLDN’s manifesto for the next Mayor

In the run-up to the London Mayoral election on 2 May, BusinessLDN will be publishing its manifesto to set out key priorities that the candidates should focus on to ensure the capital remains the best city in the world in which to do business – working with and for the whole UK. 2024 is expected to be the first time that the Mayoral election takes place in the same year as a general election so it presents an opportunity to drive change at a local, London and national level.

Hosted by Mills & Reeve

Event

26.03.2024

London LSIP: Transforming London’s health & social care workforce

The government’s NHS Long Term Workforce Plan sets out a vision to train, retain and reform the workforce, and put the NHS on a sustainable footing. Yet as the London Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) sets out, there are over 30,000 vacancies in the health service in the capital, and the social care sector also faces labour shortages and high staff turnover.

Hosted by

Event

13.03.2024

BusinessLDN at MIPIM 2024: Women’s Networking Brunch

Following last year’s successful event, and one week after International Women’s Day we continue the theme with our Women’s brunch. This informal session will provide the opportunity to network with peers, make new connections and discuss how far the Built Environment sector has come in terms of gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Kindly hosted by Landmark Chambers, Town Legal, Kanda Consulting and RTPI.

Taking place at MIPIM, Cannes.

Event

12.03.2024

BusinessLDN at MIPIM 2024: London Dinner

Please join us for our flagship MIPIM event, kindly hosted by London Heritage Quarter, which brings together London business and stakeholders from City Hall and the boroughs. Guest speakers will include Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills and Ruth Duston OBE, Chief Executive of London Heritage Quarter.

Taking place at MIPIM, Cannes.

Event

05.03.2024

In discussion with Andy Lord, London’s Transport Commissioner – unlocking London’s potential through transport

With the Mayoral election in May and a General Election expected later in the year, transport will be one of the key themes in both elections. Join us for a discussion and Q&A with Andy Lord, Commissioner for Transport for London (TfL) to hear about the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and how TfL is seeking to navigate them to unlock London’s full potential.

February 2024

Event

29.02.2024

Transforming childcare: how government and businesses can drive inclusion and productivity in London

The average costs of childcare in London are more than double compared to some other UK regions. This has impacted parents and carers — acting as a barrier for those entering and returning to the labour market. BusinessLDN has been reflecting on these challenges over the last few months, in partnership with KPMG and Central District Alliance, by leading a joint project putting the business lens on the lack of affordable, quality childcare in the capital.

Event

20.02.2024

Economic briefing with the Bank of England - February 2024

Join BusinessLDN and the Bank of England for the latest insights on the economic outlook for Greater London. 2024 will have a very political feel to it, but all eyes will also be on the economy. BusinessLDN will be welcoming Lai Wai Co, Deputy London Agent at the Bank, who will share what she is hearing from firms across the Capital, the Bank’s latest forecasts and her outlook for the year ahead.

January 2024

Event

24.01.2024

January 2024 Briefing: What next for London?

This informal and interactive session will be an opportunity to gather insights and intelligence from our experts around issues on your agenda. For the sixth briefing in this series, we’ll be focusing on: the political and macroeconomic outlook for London ahead of the upcoming Mayoral election; set out an overview of the key agenda the next Mayor should focus on, London’s housing crisis and possible steps to tackle it; and how the private sector can deliver Euston as the London terminus of HS2.

Event

18.01.2024

London LSIP: How can London lead a transferable skills revolution?

As the new London Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) sets out, there is a growing employer demand for people with essential, transferable skills which can be used in a variety of roles or occupations, such as such as critical thinking, resilience and problem solving. As new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) transform the labour market in the coming years, these skills will become even more vital. Yet many employers are struggling to access people with these skills or develop their existing workforce.

Event

10.01.2024

Leading London Dinner with the Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade

Our Leading London dinners provide an opportunity for a small group of senior leaders within BusinessLDN membership to meet and discuss a topical business issue over dinner. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. For this dinner we will be joined by The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade on London’s role in attracting Foreign Direct Investment to the UK, as well as her other priorities within the Department for Business and Trade.

December 2023

Event

05.12.2023

Supporting disabled people into employment and to thrive in the workplace

What can we do to help more disabled people into employment and then thrive once they are in the workplace? Around 1 in 5 working age adults in the UK are disabled. Despite this large and growing number, disabled people are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people, and 3 times as likely to be economically inactive.

Hosted by City Literary Institute

November 2023

Event

29.11.2023

CREATING A GREENER CITY: How London government and business can together drive a successful net zero transition

Join us for the launch of the BusinessLDN Net Zero Report, in partnership with WSP. To see tangible progress in reducing our carbon footprint, better collaboration and coordination between London business and policy makers is required. The report will set out the necessary actions to bridge the gap between the two and accelerate net zero activity, against sectors such as built environment, supply chain & transportation.

In partnership with WSP and hosted by Ashurst

Event

28.11.2023

SUPPER CLUB WITH ROB ELDER

Our Supper Club series for BusinessLDN’s Corporate Affairs Directors continues with Rob Elder, London agent for the Bank of England. Members will join Rob for a small roundtable dinner discussion – to hear Rob’s analysis of the current economic outlook for London as the UK continues to grapple with a high interest rate, high inflation environment. As always at Supper Club there will be great opportunities for sharing insights and gathering intelligence during the roundtable discussion and chatting through the challenges and opp

Hosted by Eversheds Sutherland

Event

28.11.2023

Generative Artificial Intelligence – what will the impact on the London Labour market be?

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are changing the world, but its not clear what the mid to long-term impact will be on work and jobs. On the one hand, some are predicting huge economic potential and productivity gains. While on the other, many including the World Economic Forum forecast major risk to jobs – 85m globally by 2025, albeit at the same time there is potential for 97m new jobs. Whatever the outcome, significant disruption can be expected.

Hosted by King's College London

Event

16.11.2023

Economic briefing with the Bank of England - November 2023

Join BusinessLDN and the Bank of England for the latest insights on the economic outlook for Greater London. At an uncertain time for the economy, BusinessLDN will be welcoming Lai Wai Co, Deputy London Agent at the Bank, who will share what she is hearing from firms across the Capital, the Bank’s latest forecasts and her outlook for the year ahead.

Hosted by Iris Ceramica Group

Event

13.11.2023

BusinessLDN Virtual AGM 2023

This will be a short virtual AGM where you will have the opportunity to hear about our recent financial and strategic performance, participate in the usual governance matters and discover our plans for 2023/24. There will be time allocated for members to ask questions at the relevant junctures.

Event

08.11.2023

Leading London Dinner - November

For this invitation only dinner we will be joined by Julia Hoggett, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange plc. At this Chatham House event, Julia will discuss how we can ensure London is the place where great companies can start, grow and scale up. She is leading a taskforce looking to improve the competitiveness of our financial markets amid fierce international competition. This will be vital to support the wider UK economy and maintain London’s position as a world leading financial centre.

Event

07.11.2023

Green Skills: the action required to build an inclusive and green workforce for a sustainable London

The Mayor has set an ambitious target for London to become a net-zero city by 2030. Equipping people with green skills at all levels across the capital’s sectors will be vital to achieving this and transitioning to a sustainable society more broadly. As the new London Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) sets out, there is a growing need to increase provision, create clearer pathways for young people, and support those already in work to retrain or upskill.

In partnership with WSP & hosted at City Hall

Event

02.11.2023

BusinessLDN Purpose Built Student Accommodation Roundtable

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with the GLA team on purpose built student accommodation in London. As part of our programme of engagement with key policy makers in London, we will discuss the issues reading PBSA delivery in London, what more is needed to bring forward schemes and the challenges and opportunities of doing so. This is a private discussion with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and give your views.

October 2023

Event

19.10.2023

Driving Sustainability in the Industrial and Logistics Sector

As a booming part of the economy, the industrial and logistics sector has a key role to play in achieving London’s Net Zero ambitions and combatting climate change. Join us for a panel discussion to explore two recent pieces of work by the London Industry and Logistics Sounding Board — the first, led by Turley, on decarbonising the logistics sector and, second, led by Deloitte, on lessons learnt from co-location development.

Hosted by British Land

Event

18.10.2023

GLA Housing and Planning Roundtable

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with Tim Steer, Executive Director, Housing and Land, Kate Webb, Head of Housing Strategy, Lucinda Turner, Assistant Director, Planning and Regeneration and Lisa Fairmaner, Head of London Plan. As part of our regular engagement with key policy makers in London, Tim, Kate, Lisa and Lucinda will discuss the main planning and housing challenges currently facing 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

Event

17.10.2023

October 2023 Briefing: What next for London?

A high-level, topical, cross-cutting insights briefing on the social, political and business environment in London. This informal and interactive session will be an opportunity to gather insights and intelligence from our experts around issues on your agenda.

Event

12.10.2023

In conversation with Patrick Doig, Group Finance Director, Transport for London

As we approach the April deadline for a new TfL capital funding deal, join BusinessLDN for an in-conversation discussion with Patrick Doig, the Group Finance Director for Transport for London. We will hear an update on funding negotiations with government as well as exploring the status of capital projects in TfL’s pipeline and hearing more about TfL’s work to find innovative models to crowd in private sector finance and project delivery expertise for major transport programmes in the capital.

Hosted by Dar

Event

10.10.2023

A discussion at the Labour Party Conference 2023: The impact of childcare reform to businesses

The average costs of childcare in London are more than double compared to some other UK regions. This has impacted parents and carers — acting as a barrier for those entering and returning to the labour market. Getting provision of high-quality childcare at affordable prices is crucial for businesses when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. A bolder, more comprehensive childcare plan can incentivise the private sector to provide more support to their employees.

Hosted by KPMG

Event

09.10.2023

Breakfast discussion at the Labour Party Conference

Join BusinessLDN, in partnership with Heart of London Business Alliance, at the Labour Party Conference for a private roundtable discussion, bringing business leaders and politicians together to discuss: • The importance of the cultural sector to the UK’s competitiveness • How culture can play a key role in growing the economy • How the Government can work with stakeholders, including local authorities and Business Improvement Districts, to support the cultural sector

In partnership with Heart of London Business Alliance

Event

08.10.2023

The London Reception at the Labour Party Conference 2023

Join us at our annual London reception, to kick off the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London has confirmed to speak and we look forward to welcoming politicians and opinion formers from across the capital alongside BusinessLDN members for short speeches and networking. The reception will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the priorities for London business, in the months and years ahead.

In partnership with Primera

Event

02.10.2023

Breakfast discussion at the Conservative Party Conference

Join BusinessLDN, in partnership with Heart of London Business Alliance, at the Conservative Party Conference for a private roundtable discussion, bringing business leaders and politicians together to discuss: • The importance of the cultural sector to the UK’s competitiveness • How culture can play a key role in growing the economy • How the Government can work with stakeholders, including local authorities and Business Improvement Districts, to support the cultural sector

In partnership with Heart of London Business Alliance

Event

01.10.2023

The London Reception at the Conservative Party Conference 2023

Join us at our annual London reception, to kick off the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Paul Scully, Minister for London, will join us to speak and we look forward to welcoming politicians and opinion formers from across the capital alongside BusinessLDN members for short speeches and networking. The reception will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the priorities for London business, in the months and years ahead.

In Partnership with Gatwick Airport & WSP

September 2023

Event

27.09.2023

Leading London Dinner - September

For this invitation only dinner we will be joined by Paul Nowak, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Paul first became a union member aged 17. Before joining the TUC, he had a variety of temporary and agency jobs as a call centre operator, a hotel night porter and a supermarket worker. In 2000, Paul joined the TUC’s staff, later becoming Regional Secretary for the north of England and subsequently Head of Organising.

Hosted by Arcadis

Event

13.09.2023

Local Skills Improvement Plan Report Launch

London is a beacon for talent and opportunity. However, underneath its successes lies a complex labour market with multiple inequalities and challenges. Employers face acute labour shortages, yet unemployment is high compared to other regions. In response, we’ve produced London’s first Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) — the biggest data deep-dive on skills that the capital has seen, based on a wide-ranging consultation and engagement programme.

Hosted by EY

Event

06.09.2023

Shopping for something different: the future of shopping centres in London

London’s shopping centres are having to adapt and change. Join us for a discussion and insight into how this change can be successfully managed and what the implications are for development and placemaking in the capital. Across London, trends in retail and leisure, accelerated by the pandemic, are now being borne out. The growth in online spend has forced retailers to reassess the role of their physical estates. And the balance of how people spend their leisure time is shifting as consumers are starting to prioritise social activities over possessions.

Hosted by Avison Young

July 2023

Event

18.07.2023

Roundtable discussion: Increasing Productivity in the Construction Sector

With average productivity levels in the construction industry remaining consistently below the UK average, leaders from the construction industry came together in 2020 to identify and trial practical interventions to make the sector more productive. The taskforce, comprising several BusinessLDN members, published an initial report in 2022. Join us for a roundtable discussion to explore the findings of the report and next steps for the taskforce.

Hosted by GPE

Event

13.07.2023

Inclusive Workplaces: Unleashing the potential of neurodiverse talent

With an estimated 15% of the population classed as neurodivergent, businesses are increasingly stepping up their efforts to make their workplaces more inclusive for people with neuro differences. This roundtable will help participants understand what it means to be neurodivergent, including the range of different conditions covered by this umbrella term, as well as how best to support and celebrate neurodiverse staff. This is an opportunity to hear from senior business leaders who have been at the forefront of creating neurodiverse workplaces.

Hosted by Pinsent Masons

Event

11.07.2023

Leading London Dinner - July

An invaluable opportunity for members to hear direct from Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as he prepares to run for his third term in office next year. Sadiq will be sharing his thoughts on the key opportunities for the capital and the role of business. By invitation only.