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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

Five takeaways from the London Infrastructure Summit 2017

BlogMedia centre London First Infrastructure Director David Leam highlights his five main takeaways from last week’s summit. As published in Construction News. 1, Crossrail 2 has momentum – and needs business support to maintain it If the London Infrastructure Summit was a

September 21, 2017 0 comments

Crystal clear case for Crossrail 2 at London Infrastructure Summit

Media centreNews Business leaders highlighted their key asks of Government at this year’s London Infrastructure Summit – with Crossrail 2 and housing high on the agenda. The case for Crossrail 2 is crystal clear – and business is firmly behind it. So

September 15, 2017 0 comments

Business welcomes a transition phase, but it isn’t the answer

BlogMedia centre After a summer with little progress on negotiations, we heard last week that the Government is ready to “intensify” Brexit talks with the EU. We have since also witnessed a ‘leaked’ document setting out a possible ‘implementation period’ or transition

September 11, 2017 0 comments

Business split over benefits of a Brexit transition period

Media centreNews 40% expect a positive impact but one in three unsure it will help them make decisions Transition agreement needs to be in place by June 2018 to realise benefits Most businesses want a one to three-year transition phase Four in

September 11, 2017 0 comments

Are you being served? The future of retail

Blog   Matthew Hill, Programme Director – Hospitality, Retail & Leisure, London First Retail has seen some fundamental shifts over the past 15 years: The explosion of online shopping; the ongoing decline of the local high street; cost-polarisation; the rise in destination

September 7, 2017 0 comments
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