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 04 Tue

Winning the debate on airports expansion: what next?

Tuesday 04 November 8:00AM - 9:30AM

A briefing session to update the founding signatories of the Let Britain Fly campaign on the campaign’s progress, provide up-to-date analysis of the debate thus far, our plans for the year ahead, welcome their ideas, advice, insights, and encourage further participation.


Nov 05 Wed

Annual dinner with Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner at the Department of Communities and Local Government

Wednesday 05 November 7:15PM - 9:30PM

London First is delighted to invite its members to a dinner with Steve Quartermain for our yearly catch up with the Chief Planner, to hear about the latest planning policy initiatives being formulated at the Department of Communities and Local Government. The dinner is a timely opportunity to hear about the Government’s response to the CLG Select Committee’s review of the National Planning Policy Framework.


Nov 11 Tue

Europe - "In, out, shake it all about"

Tuesday 11 November 8:15AM - 9:45AM

This roundtable discussion will explore Britain’s relationship with the EU, and the influence it has over the capital’s economic success.  The UK’s membership of the EU sharply divides public opinion, and an ‘in-out’ referendum within the next three years is a real possibility. In this context, the roundtable will also discuss how the EU can be reformed to work most effectively for London and UK businesses in the future.


Nov 12 Wed

A Healthy Dose of Planning - the role of health and wellbeing in planning

Wednesday 12 November 8:15AM - 9:45AM

Under the Government’s latest National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG), creating healthy communities is an imperative for new developments, and will form a critical aspect of all plan-making and decision-taking processes.

To understand how the Guidance is expected to be applied Dr Anne Marie Connolly, Director of Health Equity and Impact and Carl Petrokofsky from Public Health England will outline the role of health and wellbeing in planning. Ian Mulcahey, Managing Director at Gensler will demonstrate how master planning is being undertaken to reflect this emerging priority and Matt Bell, from Berkeley Group will show how they measure the socio-economic impacts their developments have on the local community.


Nov 13 Thu

Counter-Terrorism Awareness

Thursday 13 November 8:00AM - 9:30AM

The increase in the national threat level in response to international events has refocused minds on the nature and scale of the challenge from terrorism. However, the old adage that the terrorist has to be successful only once to have the desired effect while the authorities have to be successful all of the time in defeating the threat still holds true. It is therefore timely in advance of a national Counter-Terrorism Awareness Campaign that businesses in London hear from the experts in counter-terrorism about the latest situation and the associated protective measures.

 Key-note Speaker: Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley QPM, Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police.

 Other Speakers: Inspector Anthony Bennett and Counter Terrorism Security Advisor Paul White (SO20, Metropolitan Police)

Nov 13 Thu

London First Partner dinner with Lord Finkelstein Beyond 2015: What can London expect from a future Conservative government?

Thursday 13 November 7:00PM - 9:30PM

London First Partners are invited to a small roundtable dinner discussion with Lord Danny Finkelstein, the writer and politician who has been at the centre of Conservative party policy for over twenty years. A former advisor to two leaders of the Conservative Party, he will examine the likely policy priorities for a future Conservative government, should they win the next election.


Nov 19 Wed

The London Property Summit 2014 Theme: Keeping London Ahead of the Game

Wednesday 19 November 8:00AM - 6:30PM

The London economy has become the engine room for UK growth.  The market for residential property is booming and may have reached its peak, and commercial property values are almost back to pre-recession levels. Can London maintain this momentum? What challenges does it face? How can the capital build enough homes to cater for a growing population? What sectors will provide employment growth and underpin London’s continued commercial prosperity?  How will London retain its position as a premier retail destination and develop its retail offering? How will London keep ahead of the game?  To view the latest list of speakers and to sponsor, exhibit or attend, please visit

Media partner: Estates Gazette

Nov 21 Fri

Skills London

Friday 21 November - Saturday 22 November 9:30AM - 4:00PM

Businesses looking to inspire and recruit the next generation of students, trainees and employees are looking ahead to Skills London 2014 on 21–22 November 2014 at ExCeL London.

We are delighted to announce that this year’s event is supported by the Mayor of London, and we have introduced a number of new features, including a Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing Zone and features to support young people looking to start their own business.

Over 30,000 visitors and 180 exhibitors are expected to attend this interactive two-day careers event, which is aimed at 16–24 year olds. This year’s event, which supports young Londoners into jobs and further study, will:

-promote apprenticeships and other training opportunities;
-have over 30,000 jobs on offer
-provide quality careers advice
-support a full range of young Londoners, from school leavers to postgraduates, who are ready to take their next step.

Many members have exhibited at our Skills London events in the past; if you have yet to sign up this year, please take a serious look at this opportunity – we still have a number of stands available.

The Skills London 2014, website includes information on exhibitors, events and film clips from previous events. You can download the Skills London 2014 promotional brochure here.


Nov 24 Mon

Global series: Benchmarking London’s international promotion – Report launch with Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM

Monday 24 November 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Attracting high-value overseas investment and tourism is critical to London’s position as a global city.  As international competition increases, it is important that we have the right promotional arrangements in place to maintain and develop these vital contributions to London’s economic success. London First – with the support of London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency – has commissioned Deloitte to benchmark London’s promotional system against those of its international rivals.

London & Partners’ Chair, Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM, will join us to launch this report, helping to tease out the lessons London might learn from international experience.



Nov 25 Tue

Britain's Future Competitiveness: The role for business. A breakfast with Margot James MP

Tuesday 25 November 8:00AM - 9:30AM

Margot James MP has brought the experience of a successful career in business into Parliament. She currently serves as a member of the No.10 Policy Board with responsibility for the economy, business and trade. At this event she will outline current government thinking on the role of business in supporting economic growth.



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