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.

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Calendar of events

Jan 07 Wed

London 2036: an agenda for jobs and growth - Report 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.




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.

Champion for London – sponsored by Thames Tideway Tunnel
•Sir Richard Peter Lambert
•Sir Edward Lister
•Joanna Lumley
•Carolyn McCall
•Harvey McGrath
•Tony Travers

Improvement to Londoners’ Quality of Life – sponsored by UK Power Networks
•24 hour tube running
•Battersea Power Station

Investment in London’s Future – sponsored by Grosvenor
•Crossrail 2
•The Earls Court Masterplan
•Imperial West
•Tech City
•The West End Partnership

Contribution to London’s Cultural Excellence, kindly sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian, London
•Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
•Nicholas Hytner, Artistic Director, The National Theatre
•Imperial War Museum
•Invictus Games
•Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council
•Totally Thames

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.


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.





Jan 21 Wed

Ebola and Pandemic Flu Update

Wednesday 21 January 8:00AM - 9:30AM

The ravages of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa are having repercussions in more distant countries as medical staff and travellers return home. At the same time, the ongoing but so far isolated bird flu outbreaks in various countries provide a reminder of the previous incidents of viral transmission to humans and the impact they had on business. Hence, it is timely that organisations based in London look carefully at the issues surrounding the spread of these deadly diseases and consider their advice to travellers, insurance provision and actions should staff became casualties. This briefing will examine these aspects and offer advice from experts.

Deborah Turbitt, ‎Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health England (tbc)
Olly Morton, Operations Director, SecureBio Ltd




Jan 21 Wed

The university student journey: bumpy road or smooth sailing?    

Wednesday 21 January 7:00PM - 9:30PM

London has a higher proportion of graduates than any other city and is well placed to compete in a world where high skilled jobs are growing. Yet, the university landscape is shifting – greater global competition for students, the pace of technological change dazzles and government policy increasingly challenges students to see themselves as customers. How are London’s universities responding to keep themselves, their students, and London, at the top of the game? This dinner will debate the delivery of a student experience that is fit for these changing times.



Jan 22 Thu

London’s Global Context: Connectivity to emerging markets: What does inaction cost jobs and growth?

Thursday 22 January 6:00PM - 7:30PM

6pm for 6.30pm – 7.30pm, followed by drinks reception

London’s international hub status has historically been a key driver of its success. Currently London attracts

more foreign subsidiaries than any other city in the world, and in the future the projected rise of big companies from emerging regions will increase the number of HQs London can compete for. This offers London a huge opportunity for jobs and growth, but other rival cities like Dubai and Frankfurt have already developed much better connections to these emerging markets. Ensuring London is connected to high growth markets is consequently vital to its long-term future economic growth. At this event, London First will launch its report into the opportunity cost (in terms of jobs and GVA) of a failure to increase air capacity to emerging markets.

Our guest speaker will be David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.




Jan 27 Tue

The PRS Forum 2015 - The Challenge

Tuesday 27 January 8:00AM - 6:00PM

Please join us at London First’s inaugural Private Rented Sector (PRS) Forum.  This one day conference will bring together some 350 delegates and speakers from the leaders in PRS from the UK and overseas.  The focus of the discussion will be to identify the challenges and solutions to the development of the private rented sector in London.  The conference will explore case studies from both the UK and overseas, and will facilitate keynotes panels and breakout sessions on: Funding, Policy, Design and Management. Bookings for this event will open in the autumn.

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In association with Winckworth Sherwood

Feb 03 Tue

London Planning Awards 2014/15 with Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Tuesday 03 February 4:30PM - 7:30PM

This annual awards ceremony, held at City Hall, recognises and rewards the contribution of planners to London’s urban renaissance. This year, the London Planning Awards will be celebrating 12 years of planning excellence in London. For more information or to apply for one of the awards please visit:


Feb 03 Tue

London Planning Awards 2014/15 - Partner and Sponsor dinner

Tuesday 03 February 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Following the Mayor of London’s annual London Planning Awards ceremony, Sir Edward Lister will join London First members for a small informal dinner discussion. The event will be an opportunity to hear the latest thinking on planning policy issues taking place in City Hall.




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