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London’s new Night Czar

The Mayor’s Night Time Commission has announced London’s first Night Czar: Amy Lamé.

Amy is a writer, television and radio presenter and performer and a leading figure in the London’s night time industry. She was Mayoress of Camden between 2010 and 2011, and is a co-presenter on BBC London 94.9.

Tim Scott, London First’s Programme Director, Tech and Creative Industries has been working with the Night Time Commission to help shape the job specification and remit of the role, ensuring London business opportunities are factored into the thinking.

The new Night Czar will develop a vision and strategy for London’s evening and night time economy and produce an action plan and campaign to position London as a leading 24-hour capital.

This will involve:

  • Championing the cultural value of London’s music venues and clubs;
  • Supporting the development of a more diverse range of late night cultural activities;
  • Building on opportunities such as the Night Tube to diversify the night time economy;
  • Growing London’s evening and night time economy, across all boroughs and activities.

John Dickie, London First’s director of strategy and policy, said: “Managing an economy the size of London’s requires us to think outside the limits of 7am to 7pm. We estimate a 24-hour economy could be worth nearly £30 billion each year and the Mayor’s new night czar means we have a champion to help realise the full potential of this city’s world-class businesses, culture and night life.”

London’s night time economy directly supports one in eight jobs – a figure of 723,000 workers. Our report, London’s 24-Hour Economy, undertaken with professional services firm EY, suggests this could rise to 790,000 in less than 15 years and be worth nearly £30 billion each year.

The research provides economic impact analysis to quantify the value of the night time economy to London and its opportunity for growth, across a range of industry sectors.

We look forward to continuing to work with and support the Night Time Commission as well as the new Night Czar to ensure the vision for a 24-hour London is delivered.

Contact: Tim Scott, tscott@londonfirst.co.uk

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