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

Oct 23 Thu

A breakfast with Simon Ridley, newly appointed Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate

Thursday 23 October 8:15AM - 9:45AM

London First is delighted to invite members to attend our annual catch up with the Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

Following the retirement of Sir Michael Pitt earlier this year, Simon Ridley took up the post of Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate on 1st July 2014. This breakfast event will be one of the first opportunities to hear about Simon’s priorities in taking forward the Inspectorate role, given its wide and varied planning casework. Topics for discussion will include the learning from handling Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects and hearing how Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Authority examinations are working in practice.

INVITATION ONLY

Oct 23 Thu

Managing London’s Waste: The Mayor’s priorities and challenges

Thursday 23 October 8:15AM - 10:00AM

This breakfast round table discussion, with Richard Tracey AM, Chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board and Wayne Hubbard, Chief Operating Officer, will provide an opportunity to explore the Mayor’s approach to managing London’s waste. The discussion will take place in the context of the GLA’s long-term infrastructure investment plan for London and will explore what more can be done to make London more self-sufficient in managing its own waste, for example by reducing behavioural, planning, funding or financing barriers.

FULLY SUBCRIBED

Oct 28 Tue

Winning the debate on airports expansion: what next?

Tuesday 28 October 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.

INVITATION ONLY 

Oct 29 Wed

London’s Global Context: Should London bid to host a World Expo? Breakfast discussion with Deputy Mayor for Culture Munira Mirza

Wednesday 29 October 7:00PM - 9:30PM

The success of the London 2012 Games was achieved in no small part thanks to strong support from London’s business community. So what next?

Deputy Mayor Munira Mirza is assessing the feasibility of London bidding to host the World Expo in 2025, which could potentially provide a new platform for London businesses to showcase their achievements. This breakfast will explore what our members would want an Expo to deliver, the theme that would best portray London to the world, and what the potential legacy should be.

INVITATION ONLY

 

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.

INVITATION ONLY

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.

FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Nov 06 Thu

Fair, Transparent and Clear: Labour's policy on corporate taxation with Shabana Mahmood MP, Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury

Thursday 06 November 8:00AM - 9:30AM

The Labour Party has stated its commitment to reforming the corporate tax system to make sure that it works properly in the modern world and delivers outcomes that are clearly and transparently fair. This event will examine what policies the Labour Party will deliver, should they form the next government, and explore how a pro-business taxation regime can help to boost growth and enterprise.

INVITATION ONLY

 

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.

FULLY SUBSCRIBED

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.

INVITATION ONLY

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)

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