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

Jun 29 Wed

Leadership event: ‘Connect: How Companies, Governments and the Police Succeed by Engaging Radically With Society’

Wednesday 29 June 6:30PM - 8:15PM

…followed by drinks reception

Please join us to hear Lord Browne, former CEO BP, and Tommy Stadlen, tech entrepreneur and former McKinsey consultant, in conversation with Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner, MPS.

Key themes will include:
-Restoring society’s broken trust in business and government/police/authority
-Why reputation is an outcome, not a construct to be managed
-Why radical engagement is vital in an era of relentless transparency


Jun 30 Thu

One year after the Airports Commission: will a new runway ever get built?

Thursday 30 June 8:00AM - 9:00AM

This high-profile breakfast briefing will mark the one year anniversary of the Airports Commission publishing its final report (and which in turn is one week after the Europe referendum).

The event is being organised as part of a range of activities led by the business community designed to encourage the government to deliver a final decision on where to build a new runway in London and the South East by the summer.

The key message we wish to convey at the event is any further delay to implementing the Airports Commission’s recommendation to build a new runway will harm the UK’s economic competitiveness and our global aviation hub status.

Confirmed speakers include Lord Andrew Adonis, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission and Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).


Jul 05 Tue

Delivering Regeneration and City growth: a private roundtable with Gareth Bradford, Deputy Director - Cities & Local Growth Unit, Department of Communities and Local Government

Tuesday 05 July 8:15AM - 9:45AM

The private roundtable breakfast event will provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the work programme of the Cities and Local Growth Unit based in the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Unit is charged with progressing the delivery of  town centre regeneration initiatives, enterprise zones and co-ordinating with other government departments the delivery of High Speed Rail 2 – including the master-planning process, development programme and liaising with local government.

The event will be of direct interest to LF members with an interest in town centre redevelopment, regeneration, planning and development and companies with an interest in financing large scale development. Please note: spaces are limited for this event.


Jul 06 Wed

Business breakfast: How are London employers tackling the housing crisis?

Wednesday 06 July 8:00AM - 9:45AM

We are holding a Fifty Thousand Homes event about how London employers are tackling the housing crisis, which will also include the launch of a new London First report about Homes for Londoners – a new housing body the Mayor has said he will introduce.

Housing dominated the Mayoral election campaign and the new Mayor has his work cut out to deliver the homes London needs to remain competitive. Fifty Thousand Homes wants to play a constructive part in meeting this challenge and explore what business can do to help.

We will be launching two new pieces of work:

> a survey of London employers led by Grant Thornton looking at the views of business on the housing crisis and actions being taken to support staff with their housing needs; and

> a report by Dentons and London First looking at the Mayor’s commitment to create a housing organisation called Homes for Londoners (HFL). The report sets out a blueprint for how HFL should function and what issues it should focus on.

This event marks the start of a wider inquiry led by Grant Thornton for Fifty Thousand Homes investigating the role employers can play in tackling the housing crisis through new partnerships and initiatives.

At the event you will hear from:

James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing, Greater London Authority
Sacha Romanovitch, Chief Executive, Grant Thornton
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive, Shelter; and
Stephen Ashworth, Partner, Dentons.


Jul 07 Thu

Breakfast with Lilian Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Thursday 07 July 8:15AM - 9:30AM

The economy of London and the wider South East is hugely reliant on world-class transport connectivity. Join us to discuss some of the major opportunities and challenges for our capital’s transport system with Shadow Transport Secretary, Lilian Greenwood MP, and hear about the Labour Party’s plans for continued progress across the network.


Jul 13 Wed

City Challenge: a roundtable discussion with the newly appointed Chairman of the City of London's Planning and Transport committee

Wednesday 13 July 8:15AM - 9:45AM

This is a timely roundtable breakfast meeting to hear from Christopher Haywood (Chairman) following his recent appointments on the City of London Planning and Transport Committee.

The work of the Planning and Transport Committee at the City of London is to ensure the City is able to operate as a world financial centre and that both its residents and workers enjoy well planned buildings, safe, clean streets and a good public transport system. This event will be an opportunity to hear firsthand how the Committee proposes to achieve their strategic objectives and to discuss the challenges that lay ahead. Please note that places are limited for this event.


Jul 14 Thu

Public Affairs summer reception

Thursday 14 July 6:00PM - 8:00PM

From the election of a new Mayor to a decision on the UK’s future in the EU, the spring has marked a significant few weeks for the capital’s political scene. Join London First to reflect upon the impact of these events and network with colleagues from the political and public affairs space across London.


Jul 19 Tue

Peace'ing together CIL - The findings from the Community Infrastructure Levy Review by Liz Peace CBE

Tuesday 19 July 8:15AM - 9:45AM

In November 2015, The Government commissioned Liz Peace CBE to chair an independent group conducting a review of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The Commission was asked to assess the extent to which CIL does or can provide an effective mechanism for funding infrastructure and to recommend changes that would improve its operations taking account of the Government’s wider housing and growth objectives.

The breakfast event will be an opportunity to hear the findings from the independent group on:

i) whether CIL is meeting its objectives and any recommendations for future change;

ii) an assessment of the relationship between CIL and Section 106, and how this is working in practice;

iii) an analysis of the operation of the CIL system and specific recommendations of how it could be improved; and

iv) an assessment of how CIL is deployed by local authorities both to deliver infrastructure and to support community engagement.


Jul 19 Tue

Partner Dinner with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Tuesday 19 July 7:00PM - 9:30PM

Join us for an Partner Dinner with Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Greg Hands MP to hear about the Government’s plans for investment and procurement to help drive economic growth in the capital and across the UK.

This event will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the Government’s recent Budget commitments to Crossrail 2 and vital Tube upgrades , as well as hearing about its forward looking priorities.


Jul 20 Wed

London's night time economy - making the capital 24 hour ready

Wednesday 20 July 7:30PM - 9:30PM

The Mayor has announced he will appoint Night Czar to manage London’s night time economy and promote the capital as a 24 hour city.

As London is set to get 24-hour underground service, the capital needs to be ‘24 hour-ready’. A strategic approach to night time transport, logistics, policing, planning and licencing is needed to achieve the right balance between those using the night time economy and residents.

This dinner will be a roundtable discussion with key business leaders to feed into the work of the GLA’s Night Time Commission (“NTC”).

London First and EY have commissioned an economic impact study to quantify the value of a 24 hour economy across business sectors. The purpose of the dinner is to share this research and gather thoughts on what consumers and businesses want from 24 hour London.


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