Events

From large-scale networking events, bringing together senior political and business leaders, to small-scale consultations which engage members and stakeholders in our policy development, London First runs a wide range of events.

Event details on our website are for information purposes only. If you wish to be involved in any of these events – as an attendee, speaker, sponsor or host – please contact the person listed.

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Calendar of events

Nov 28 Fri

London Real Estate – The Climate for Development and Investment

Friday 28 November 8:30AM - 10:30AM

This breakfast seminar, kindly hosted by Pauline Goh, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore and South East Asia at CBRE, will provide attendees with an insight into investing in the London property market. Our guest speaker Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for London, is responsible for strategic planning in London. With London’s population expected to reach over 10 million by 2036, generating up to an additional 861,000 jobs over the same period, there is a clear imperative for London to meet this projected growth. This breakfast seminar offers the chance to hear about the opportunities that are earmarked for major development across London as well as where major investment for infrastructure has been identified across the Capital. Attendees will also be able to ask questions to an expert panel and learn how the planning and development process operates across London.

Speakers include:

Pauline Goh, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore and South East Asia, CBRE
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for London, Greater London Authority
Faraz Baber, Executive Director, Policy, London First
Simon Barrowcliff, Executive Director Central London Capital Markets, CBRE

 

INVITATION ONLY

 

 

 

 

For more information please contact Faraz Baber on 020 7665 1458

Dec 02 Tue

Business and Kingston-upon-Thames Council: Working Together

Tuesday 02 December 8:15AM - 9:30AM

In May this year, the Conservative Party took overall control of Kingston-upon-Thames council for the first time since 1986.  This breakfast seminar will be an opportunity to meet with the local authority’s new leader Cllr Kevin Davis, who will be outlining his vision for the borough.

INVITATION ONLY

 

 

 

Dec 02 Tue

London Real Estate – The Climate for Development and Investment

Tuesday 02 December 8:30AM - 10:30AM

This breakfast seminar, kindly hosted by Christopher Boyd, Executive Chairman of CBRE Malaysia, will provide attendees with an insight into investing in the London property market. Our guest speaker Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for London, is responsible for strategic planning in London. With London’s population expected to reach over 10 million by 2036, generating up to an additional 861,000 jobs over the same period, there is a clear imperative for London to meet this projected growth. This breakfast seminar offers the chance to hear about the opportunities that are earmarked for major development across London as well as where major investment for infrastructure has been identified across the Capital. Attendees will also be able to ask questions to an expert panel and learn how the planning and development process operates across London.

Speakers include:

Christopher Boyd, Executive Chairman, CBRE Malaysia
Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for London
Faraz Baber, Executive Director, Policy – London First
Rob Tincknell, Chief Executive, Battersea Power Station, UK (tbc)

 

INVITATION ONLY

 

Dec 03 Wed

London First breakfast with Sir Philip Dilley

Wednesday 03 December 8:00AM - 9:30AM

This small breakfast meeting chaired by London First Chairman, Sir Philip Dilley, will provide members with a chance to raise their concerns and discuss the challenges of doing business in the capital.

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Dec 04 Thu

Future Sight: Security Forecast 2015+  

Thursday 04 December 8:00AM - 9:30AM

In conjunction with Strategic Analysis (The Henry Jackson Society), the Security & Resilience Network will be holding an early Christmas debate for our joint membership. The breakfast event will involve key figures in the political and security domains and will look at the security landscape in London and the UK for the year ahead and beyond. Under the general rubric of ‘Future Sight’, the audience can expect to hear views and discussion on what can be expected in terms of threats as well as responses, and what the key issues we might have to contend with as a nation and that may affect in London in particular in the foreseeable future.

Panellists:
Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of Royal United Services Institute
Lord Hannay of Chiswick GCMG CH, Chair of the All Party Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation
Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE, former Chief of MI6 (Provisionally Accepted)
Keith Bristow QPM, Director General, National Crime Agency
Niall MacGinnis, Group Security Director, Diageo

 

INVITATION ONLY

Dec 16 Tue

Home a Loan: How businesses can support the housing needs of their employees

Tuesday 16 December 8:00AM - 9:30AM

As London’s house prices continue to rise and the supply of housing falls further behind demand, what can businesses do to support their employees housing aspirations? Join us for a breakfast briefing and discussion with Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property and colleagues from Shelter to hear about a new initiative – the tenancy deposit loan scheme.

The scheme sees employers provide employees with an interest free loan to cover the deposit that is often required to rent a home. The loan is paid back by salary sacrifice with checks and balances put in place to ensure that the money is not misused and an employer’s interests are protected. The scheme is analogous to the travel season ticket loan that many businesses in London currently offer their staff

INVITATION ONLY

Jan 07 Wed

Economic Development Plan launch

Wednesday 07 January 6:00PM - 8:00PM

London’s success as a global hub for business and talent, creativity and culture, sees it at or near the top of most world city rankings.  Yet with the world’s centre of gravity shifting towards Asia and London’s already population reaching historic levels, London must adapt if it is to remain competitive in the years ahead.

London First, on behalf of the London Enterprise Panel – the Mayor’s economic advisory body, has developed a business-led Economic Development Plan for London to drive jobs and growth over the next 20 years.  Underpinned by detailed analysis by McKinsey & Company, the plan recommends how we can sustain the economic strengths that have driven London’s success, build on broader sources of growth to ensure our economic resilience, and address the strains associated with success, such as pressures on housing, transport and other infrastructure.

This event will launch the plan and act as a call to action to London’s political and business leaders to help us drive delivery.

 

INVITATION ONLY

 

Jan 13 Tue

London First London Awards dinner

Tuesday 13 January 6:30PM - 11:00PM

Following the success of the London First London Awards presented at St Paul’s cathedral in January, London First is seeking to continue to reward and mark key individuals, activities and projects that have contributed to making London the best city in the world in which to work, study and play in 2014. The winners will be announced at our Awards dinner.

The four award categories are as follows:

1. Champion for London, kindly sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel
2. Improvement to Londoners’ Quality of Life, kindly sponsored by UK Power Networks
3. Investment in London’s Future, kindly sponsored by Grosvenor
4. Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence, kindly sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian, London

The awards dinner will take place at the iconic Cutty Sark.

The evening will begin from 6.30pm, with a Champagne reception on board the Golden Jubilee, from Temple Pier. Our guests will then be brought to Cutty Sark via the river for the awards dinner. The occasion will conclude with a post awards drinks reception, with carriages around 11pm.

Jan 15 Thu

Roundtable with Cllr Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council

Thursday 15 January 1:30PM - 3:00PM

The London Borough of Barnet recently re-elected its leader, Cllr Richard Cornelius. At this event, Cllr Cornelius will set out his vision for business in the borough over the next four years and discuss priorities with London First members who have an interest in the area.

INVITATION ONLY

Jan 19 Mon

Lunch with Emma Reynolds MP, Shadow Housing Minister

Monday 19 January 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Join us for a discussion with the Shadow Minister for Housing to hear about and discuss what a Labour government would do to build more homes. As the General Election gets ever near, Emma Reynolds will give her thoughts on the Lyons Review, how Labour will meet its ambitious 200,000 new homes a year target and what more can be done to increase housebuilding in London.

 

INVITATION ONLY

 

 

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