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London missing out on Chinese tourists and trade, says new research

Media centreNews Mayor urged to ditch City Hall’s vanity posters on the Tube and increase expenditure on promoting London abroad London is failing to attract Chinese business and tourism because the Greater London Authority is not promoting the city properly abroad, a

April 28, 2016 0 comments

UK trade could fall by up to £92bn if we leave the EU

Media centreNews London First has today released a summary of economic data ahead of fuller research on the range of possible effects of leaving the EU on London’s crucial services sector. London First commissioned research by Frontier Economics on the historical impacts

April 15, 2016 0 comments

London’s young workers under ‘extreme housing pressure’

Media centreNews Major sectors of London’s economy could find themselves unable to recruit young people as increasing numbers of workers living in London face ‘extreme housing pressure’. The new research, commissioned by the business-backed Fifty Thousand Homes campaign and conducted by the

April 7, 2016 0 comments

Jo Valentine to stand down at end of the year

News The voice of London’s business community, London First, has announced that its chief executive, Baroness Jo Valentine, will stand down at the end of 2016, after 13 years as chief executive and several more before that as managing director. John

April 2, 2016 0 comments

Crossrail 2 moves from ‘if’ to ‘when’

Media centreNews David Leam, infrastructure director at London first, has written in Construction News on the National Infrastructure Commission’s report which backs Crossrail 2. _______________ Every major infrastructure project has a coming of age moment at which people stop asking ‘if’ it will happen

March 17, 2016 0 comments

LAST CHANCE: Book now for London Infrastructure Summit

Media centreNewsUncategorized The last few places remain for the London Infrastructure Summit 2016, a chance to hear from key industry figures as they explore the critical areas where the infrastructure industry can contribute to developing a world-class capital city. The one-day Summit

March 8, 2016 0 comments

Net migration to UK falls for first time in almost two years

Media centreNewsUncategorized The Office for National Statistics have published net migration figures for the year to September 2015. At 323,000, the figures are marginally down on the previous quarter, but still up by 31,000 year-on-year. Of course, this level remains way above

February 25, 2016 0 comments
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