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
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday 25 November 7:00PM - 9:30PM
London’s deep pool of talent is a key driver of its competitiveness and supports an increasingly high skilled economy. But global forces are shaping the labour market, and it is changing rapidly.
London faces a competitive battle for the world’s high skilled talent – not just from Europe, but increasingly from China and the emerging markets. At the same time automation and off-shoring are threatening clerical and mid-level administrative jobs in all Western economies, while lower skilled workers face an ever more competitive labour market.
Last year Oxford University published a major piece of work on US labour markets, which showed 47 percent of total US employment was vulnerable to automation and computerisation. Deloitte have commissioned the same team to look at the factors transforming labour markets in the UK. This will be a focus for discussion at this dinner, giving guests an opportunity to understand how London can manage these global forces and retain its pre-eminent position as a global talent hub.
London First Partner brunch with Dame Tessa Jane Jowell DBE Keep London competitive: a vision for a more prosperous and fairer London economy
Wednesday 26 November 10:15AM - 12:00PM
London First Partners are invited to a small roundtable brunch with Tessa Jowell one of London’s best known politicians. A former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, she was instrumental in London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics and also contributed to their successful delivery as Minister for the Olympics. At this event, Tessa Jowell will outline where she sees London’s economy heading and how its competitiveness and prosperity can be protected in the future.
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.
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
For more information please contact Faraz Baber on 020 7665 1458
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.
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.
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)
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.
For more information please contact on
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.
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