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Clear decision on airport expansion sends signal that Britain is open for business

Media centreNews London First has enthusiastically welcomed the government’s announcement backing a new runway at Heathrow airport. This decision sends a message to business that the government has heeded calls for improved and increased international air links. Now that a decision has

October 26, 2016 0 comments

BREAKING: Government gives green light to Heathrow expansion

Media centreNews The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the government is backing expansion of Heathrow Airport. London First welcomes this decision. In its next steps, the government has to look at better links to all our airports and plan for

October 25, 2016 0 comments

We must remain open to international talent

Media centreNews While the fallout from the Amber Rudd party conference speech was reverberating across business, our chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, was meeting the immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, at the Conservative Party Conference to cut through on all the noise and

October 5, 2016 0 comments

Mayoral boost for new east London river crossings

Media centreNews The Mayor of London has set out a package of new river crossings that he would like to see built over the next 5-10 years to improve transport links in east London (the Mayor’s press notice can be found here).

October 4, 2016 0 comments

London First appoints Jasmine Whitbread as chief executive

Media centreNews Jasmine Whitbread, FTSE 100 board member and former chief executive of Save the Children International, is joining London First as our new chief executive. Jasmine will join in December as our current chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, steps down at

October 3, 2016 0 comments

Let Britain Fly: The importance of air freight to UK exports

Media centreNews It’s not just businesses and residents in the south east that benefit from new runway capacity. Our campaign group, Let Britain Fly, has recently published a new report with CEBR showing that the Government’s continued failure to get on with

September 14, 2016 0 comments

Network Rail chief exec on how business can help fund rail improvements

Media centreNews Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, spoke to London First members, setting out how the railways can help unlock housing supply. Speaking to members, Mr Carne said “Railways are not just important because more and more people are choosing

September 13, 2016 0 comments
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