March 2022

Event

08.03.2022

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

Event

03.03.2022

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

Event

24.02.2022

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

Event

23.02.2022

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.

Event

22.02.2022

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

Event

15.02.2022

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

Event

21.01.2022

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.

Event

18.01.2022

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

Event

12.01.2022

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. 

Event

11.01.2022

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

Event

06.01.2022

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

Event

14.12.2021

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

Event

24.11.2021

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).

Event

18.11.2021

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

Event

16.11.2021

London First Chair & CEO dinner - November

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

Event

27.10.2021

Business Advisory Group - 27 October

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.

Event

21.10.2021

Briefing with Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, join us for an in-person briefing with Catherine McGuinness, Policy Chair of the City of London Corporation.
 
This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear Catherine discuss her priorities for the City, her 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 DP9

Event

20.10.2021

Skilling London Series: Why good work matters and how to deliver it

Against the backdrop of an evolving labour market – automation, emerging business models, and changing ways of working — the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices set out important thinking on what good work is and what employers, and government, can do to support it. Now that COVID-19 has posed a significant challenge to both employees and employers and has introduced perhaps a new future of work, the idea of Good Work is ever more critical.

In collaboration with Thames Water

Event

19.10.2021

London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - October

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. 

September 2021

Event

16.09.2021

Can micro-mobility help London recover from the pandemic?

After more than a year of Streetspace interventions in response to the pandemic, and three months of the London e‑scooter trial, what is the future of micromobility and active travel in the capital? Is the increase in walking and cycling sticking now that the city is out of lockdown? What is the role of cycle and e‑scooter hire schemes in the economic recovery of the capital?

Event

16.09.2021

Optimising the delivery of EV infrastructure in London

The UK has set a target to reduce emissions to net-zero carbon by 2050. To achieve this ambitious target, we as a country will need to think carefully about the wide range of carbon emissions sources, and how best to reduce these. Electric vehicles are not the silver bullet, but they are an important weapon in the fight against poor air quality and climate change. It is necessary for London to act to enable the transition to electric vehicles.

Event

15.09.2021

Global Cities

Covid-19 has challenged fundamental assumptions about the world’s largest cities. Cities across the world have seen an unprecedented level of change: initially this was in response to massive, enforced, changes to behaviour, but as Covid recedes, cities across the world have become creative in their recoveries. Urban life is coming back with innovations in transport pricing, new designs for street usage, and fundamental questions about long-term demand for all forms of urban infrastructure.

Event

14.09.2021

London Infrastructure Summit 2021

The last 18 months have changed the way we think about digital and physical infrastructure, potentially forever. 

London’s biggest gathering of infrastructure experts returns this year for a week-long series of in-person and virtual events, digesting what the pandemic means for infrastructure’s future and how we plot our way back to prosperity. 

August 2021

July 2021

Event

22.07.2021

How can the River Thames promote London’s recovery?

Following the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, London First’s annual event on the River Thames will seek to highlight how the river played an important part in supporting the UK through the immediate crisis and how policymakers should be thinking about the role it can play in delivering a sustainable recovery.

In collaboration with Tideway

Event

15.07.2021

London First Chair & CEO virtual roundtable - July

These informal virtual 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. 

Event

14.07.2021

Briefing with Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, join us for a briefing with Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 

This webinar will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss her priorities for Kensington & Chelsea, her perspective on the key issues facing London business and the role that local government can play as we move into recovery. 

In collaboration with Cadogan

Event

14.07.2021

The road to COP26: delivering skilled workers for London’s transition to a net zero economy

As London starts to recover from the pandemic, attention is on how we build back better’, with COP26 taking place in the UK this year, ambitious targets set to move towards a net zero economy, and a government commitment to create two million green jobs in the UK over the next decade. But there are key questions to answer: what do we mean by green jobs?

In collaboration with WSP

Event

13.07.2021

ReNew London Conference

Work, live, play – how can we unlock Central London’s recovery? 

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the capital with greatly reduced footfall and a drop off in visitors to the centre. 

Event

01.07.2021

The Gigabit Connectivity Network for London

The Gigabit Connectivity Network for London brings together London’s leading fibre and mobile operators, and key representatives from the GLA, London Councils, London’s sub-regions and Local Authorities. The purpose of the Network is to facilitate better collaboration between the key private and public sector stakeholders with an interest in accelerating the rollout of full fibre and 5G technologies across the capital.

The Greater London Authority

June 2021

Event

29.06.2021

London First Housing Partnerships

London First working in partnership with AECOM have produced a publication which considers the delivery of homes through local authorities collaborating with the private sector. During the briefing looking specifically at the Joint Venture model, members will have the opportunity to hear from both London borough representatives and private developers on their view to such partnerships and the benefits of partnership working. 

In association with Aecom & Grant Thornton

Event

29.06.2021

Briefing with Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, join us for a briefing with Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council.

This webinar will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss her priorities for Camden, her perspective on the key issues facing London business and the role that local government can play as we move into recovery. Councillor Gould is also Chair of London Councils and the Recovery Board Growth Lead, so will share insights from those perspectives too.

In collaboration with Landsec

Event

17.06.2021

GLA Infrastructure Coordination Service Roundtable

The Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Infrastructure Coordination Service is an initiative the Mayor of London is trialling in the capital to try and improve infrastructure coordination between housing developers and utility providers. London faces many unique challenges when delivering infrastructure projects, and this service seeks to mitigate some of these problems by employing dedicated infrastructure coordinators who will liaise between developers and utility providers to try and improve their communication.

The Greater London Authority

May 2021

March 2021

Event

31.03.2021

A focus on Digital Skills in partnership with Future Dot Now

An ongoing events series (currently virtual) to discuss key skills issues, for members to promote their good practice, and to foster better collaboration between business and education. The monthly sessions showcase data/​evidence to frame the discussion, members present on what they are doing to tackle the challenge in their organisation and network; followed by discussion and questions on how this good practice could apply to other organisations. This group is open to all, so if you would like to get involved please contact

Future Dot Now

January 2021

Event

26.01.2021

Building London Summit 2021

Join London’s biggest gathering of built environment experts — Building London Summit 2021

2020 brought a sharp shock to our built environment sector. What needs to happen now for this vital sphere to build back better, and capitalise on opportunity as it does so?

Building London Summit 2021

October 2020

Event

20.10.2020

London Infrastructure Summit 2020

London Infrastructure Summit 2020 is going digital

Immerse yourself in our virtual event experience and join London’s infrastructure leaders across our two-day conference focussed on London’s Post Covid-19 recovery and beyond. 

Join the debate on the most pressing issues in the sector today at London’s biggest gathering of infrastructure experts. We’ll be talking investment, resilience, data and more.

January 2020

Event

30.01.2020

Building London Summit 2020

Join London’s biggest gathering of built environment experts — Building London 2020

What to expect at the summit

  • Insights from the capital’s experts and decision-makers on the issues shaping the built environment sector following the general election and ahead of London’s Mayoral election
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June 2019

Event

25.06.2019

London Summer Business Lunch

Bringing together the capital’s most influential people across government and business. We look forward to hearing key remarks from George Osborne, Editor of the Evening Standard, Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and former Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what’s next for our capital city.

12.15pm drinks reception

1.00pm — 2.30pm Lunch and keynote speech 

January 2019