September 2022



The London Reception at the Labour Party Conference

Join us at our annual London reception to kick off the Labour Party conference. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, is 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, whilst strengthening relationships, as we meet in person once again.



Build to Rent Site Tour with Lendlease

BTR Tours: Our series of Build to Rent tours, which are open to public sector stakeholders only, provides officials with the opportunity to meet with developers of operational BTR developments across London in order to further their understand the BTR model and see the types of homes that each development offers.

Hosted by Lendlease

July 2022



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

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



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

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



London First General Meeting

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.



Business Advisory Group

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



June Chair and CEO Lunch

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.



June 2022 Briefing: What Next for London

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



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

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



Welcoming the opening of the Elizabeth line

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



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

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



Modern Methods of Construction Roundtable with the Greater London Authority

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



London First Estate Regeneration Roundtable

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



Who lives in Build-to-Rent?

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



Previewing the 2022 London Local Elections

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



Spring Drinks Reception

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



London First at MIPIM - Closing reception

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



London First at MIPIM - London Government dinner

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



London First at MIPIM - Opening dinner with Jules Pipe CBE

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



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

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.



DLUHC Planning Update Briefing

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



Supper Club with Guto Harri

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



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

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



Business Advisory Group - February

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.



Borough Housing Roundtable with Lambeth

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



London First AGM 2022 and Vision for London Strategy Session

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



GBR and London workshop

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.



Skilling London Series: Hybrid Working and Skills

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



London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - January 2022

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. 



Briefing with John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets

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



The Coalition for International Travel

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



Briefing with Councillor Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council

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



London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - December

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. 



Affordable Housing Roundtable

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



Future of London - the city on a world stage

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).



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

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