Crossrail — 40 Years in the Making

The significance of the Elizabeth line will quickly be taken for granted by commuters racing to and from the office and visitors to London but it stands as a permanent reminder of what a world city can – and should – do if consensus is built to galvanise mere ambition.

An Employment and Skills Action Plan for London

For the first time, business leaders across London’s sectors have come together to analyse detailed evidence on current and future labour market challenges and put in place a
comprehensive and cross-cutting Employment and Skills Action Plan for London.

Growing Together — Cities and regions collaborating on shared priorities

The UK’s cities and regions compete fiercely for jobs and investment. But they also collaborate widely, taking advantage of clusters of industry excellence. Four business groups are committing to work more closely with each other to ensure the regions are better connected, share learning and grow together post-Brexit.

Homes for voters- a people poll in the build up to local elections 2018

In March 2018, London First and Grosvenor commissioned YouGov to survey Londoners and Councillors in London on their views about housing, particularly in relation to the local elections in May 2018. We summarise the key highlights of the survey here.


Skills Commission Consultation

London First established the London Employment and Skills Commission to tackle London’s skills crisis head on. This consultation report sets out our proposed employment and skills action plan for London — what is required of business, and government.

The new London Plan; a London First perspective

We have set out our recommendations for amendments and key changes to the Draft London Plan on a number of strategic and detailed policies; we believe these recommendations will enable the Plan to better achieve its strategic growth targets and to ultimately deliver more homes and jobs. 

No time to Waste — keeping London’s airports connected in a post-Brexit world

This report describes the key steps London First believes are necessary to make the most of our existing airport capacity, improve access to it and passengers’ experience of it, and in so doing further grow London and the UK’s ability to interact globally.

Everything you need to know about build to rent in London 

This report provides an overview of why build to rent is relevant to London and the many housing challenges the city faces, the benefits that such development can bring such as helping to increase housing supply, and an explanation of key issues that boroughs will need to consider when thinking about build to rent schemes in their areas.

Skills Call for Action

Lloyds Brexit Transition Survey

Fixing the Housing Crisis ‑Performance Indicators 2017

We commissioned Grant Thornton to produce baseline analysis, charting progress towards building the homes that Londoners need. This report captures the full picture of house building in the capital throughout 2017.

Seizing the Opportunities- a new approach for transforming London

We have brought together practitioners and consulted widely to consider why London has struggled to transform many of its Opportunity Areas and similar locations into productive places. We identify what is needed to help accelerate progress to create great places to live and work, at pace, volume, quality and affordability for the long-term success of London.

Not just a pretty place — placemaking study 2017

Successful development is not simply a matter of building more homes and offices, and regeneration cannot be best imposed from above. This placemaking study summarises the views of London’s business community, in a series of recommendations based on collective experience and case studies.

A Manifesto for the 2020s

Securing UK Borders

This second report in the series focuses on the implications of leaving the EU for the management of the UK’s borders. For effective management, there is a need to balance the desire for secure borders against making it as easy as possible for international business to thrive and legitimate movement to occur. The report considers how this can be done in a post-Brexit world.

Unlocking London’s Residential Density 

Exploring how a new approach to daylight and sunlight guidance for dense urban environments is one of the key components to achieving a significant
increase in housing and maintaining good quality amenity.

Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy

A first of its kind analysis of the role of migration on London’s economy published by London First and PwC. Facing Facts: the impact of migrants on London, its workforce and economy’ draws on a comprehensive range of information, including detailed ONS Labour Force Survey data.

Estate Regeneration — more and better homes for London

The report considers what more can be done to support the physical regeneration process to help deliver, amongst other objectives, more new homes where this has been selected as the best option. It highlights three key issues that must be addressed to support a new wave of regeneration, setting out a series of key considerations on each.

London 2036

London 2036: A new agenda for jobs and growth: In the context of huge political and economic changes, we analyse new data and provide fresh insights on: access to global talent, building on our strengths in tech and innovation and addressing gaps in infrastructure and housing.

London 2026 — the capital’s place in the UK economy

This report takes an optimistic look ahead at London’s future; if we get the industrial policies right we can continue to create high skilled jobs at the rate we were before Brexit. It explores what that future will look like in order to better prepare for it, playing into the government’s industrial strategy.

The Importance of Air Freight to UK Exports

Exploring the impact of delaying the runway capacity decision on UK international trade growth.

London’s 24-hour Economy

This report explores new analysis for London First in association with EY showing the dramatic transformation occurring as London works later, longer and smarter.

Homes for Londoners- a blueprint for the Mayor

The Mayor’s Homes for Londoner’s initiative can enable the GLA to shift from setting policies and distributing limited government money, into an organisation that pushes, and where necessary intervenes, to drive the delivery of more homes. This report sets out a blueprint for what HfL should concentrate on, from the perspective of London business.