This report, sponsored by London First, has revealed that 90% of Chinese tour groups to Europe each year are currently missing out the UK. By comparison, over 80% said their trips focused on itineraries for France and Germany. 71% of tour operators surveyed said they would put the UK on European itineraries on the condition that the UK visa application process is simplified or indeed merged with the single Schengen visa, which allows travel to 26 other European countries. The report recommendeds three central potential improvement areas the UKCVA believes will make a significant impact on application numbers by streamlining the UK and Schengen visa application processes.
Led by a working group of London First members, and with expert input from the European Commission and the London School of Economics, this report finds the UK needs to be at the heart of the EU if London is to flourish in the future.
Led by a working group of London First members, and with expert input from the European Commission and the London School of Economics, London and the EU finds the UK needs to be at the heart of the EU if London is to flourish in the future. This is an Executive Summary of the full report.
The creation of a 21st Century ‘Domesday Book’ of publicly owned sites that should be sold off for homes is among the key recommendations of a new report into solving London’s housing crisis. The report, Home Truths, also calls for the creation of new communities in the south west and north east of London to meet burgeoning demand
The report,‘Funding Crossrail 2’, was produced by a taskforce formed by business group London First, to look at how a new £12 billion underground rail line could be built with less than half the cost coming from central government, a key Treasury demand.
A new £12 billion underground rail line to ease chronic overcrowding on London and the South East’s trains could be built with less than half the cost coming from central government, meeting a key Treasury demand. Crossrail 2, the proposed new south-west to north-east rail line beneath the capital, would add 12% to London’s rail transport capacity and should open by 2030, the report found.
Ahead of the Chancellor’s December 2013 Autumn Statement, London First has published a short paper that considers a number of aspects of the UK tax regime specifically in terms of their impact on the London economy.
London First and Deloitte conducted 150 interviews with CEOs or senior partners at firms across London in a survey on topical issues for businesses in London.
A noise pollution tsar should be appointed to protect people living under flight paths under new plans from London First. An independent noise ombudsman, with a range of powers including the ability to fine an airline that persistently broke noise pollution limits, would address a “basic lack of trust and transparency” between those pressing the economic case for airport expansion and local communities.
London First today publishes a report calling for a step-change improvement in rail access to Stansted Airport. The report puts forward proposals that could cut the journey time of the Stansted Express by almost a fifth to under 40 minutes, almost halve its delays and create new headroom to improve journeys for commuters as well as airport passengers.