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Business led learning, the solution to the skills gap?

BlogMedia centre Naomi Smith, Executive Director, Campaigns, London First  We know the skills gap is affecting business across the capital, and will continue to impact economic growth unless long-term solutions are put in place. But, there’s much to learn from the great

October 19, 2017 0 comments

Outer boroughs failing to build as London falls deeper into housing crisis

Media centreNews London boroughs in transport zones 5-6 are set to build just 17% of the homes required in 2017 Zones 1-4 will also fall short, building 80% of the new homes needed in 2017 53,000 homes a year needed rises to

October 10, 2017 0 comments

Take Me to the River

BlogMedia centre Stuart Fraser Partner, Make Architects As London’s ongoing housing shortage intensifies, so do calls for densification, particularly in the form of mixed use schemes. Flats set over supermarkets have already gained traction, and there’s a growing push to integrate new

October 3, 2017 0 comments

London vulnerable to brain drain of EU millennials as many consider leaving the capital

Media centreNews Nearly two thirds (64%) of London’s under 30, high-skilled EU nationals are considering leaving the UK in the next five years – adding to a significant skills shortage in the capital. –This is significantly higher than the 42% who say

October 2, 2017 0 comments

Open all hours – the future of London retail

BlogMedia centre EY hosted London First’s kick-off discussion on what London should be doing to support the long-term future of retail. EY Partner and panellist Julie Carlyle reflects on the discussion. UK retailers are clearly under pressure. Structural changes throughout the industry

September 27, 2017 0 comments

Breaking news – first reactions on PM’s Florence speech

BlogMedia centre We’ve campaigned hard for our EU citizens’ rights to be guaranteed, and May’s speech gave some much needed assurance. May outlined EU citizens’ rights will be enshrined in UK law, with the UK taking account of European Court of Justice

September 22, 2017 0 comments

What ‘planning for the right homes in the right places’ really means

BlogMedia centre Sara Parkinson, Programme Director Last week the government published its consultation paper ‘Planning for the right homes in the right places’ outlining proposals for a number of the Housing White Paper reforms. Here’s my take on how the 62-page proposal

September 21, 2017 0 comments
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