It’s been another busy year at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry – over the last twelve months we have been: advancing the interests of our members’ to the new London Mayor and GLA; connecting our members through our successful networking events and International company trade missions; and offering our members’ the best range of practical
No one, least of all myself, can yet predict either the political endgame or the ultimate economic impacts of the transition that lies ahead. Most of the pronouncements we have seen and heard so far are little more than political warning shots, with the heavy artillery and the precision weapons held in reserve for later.
Secretary of State for Transport Rt. Hon Chris Grayling was the guest speaker at the LCCI’s annual transport dinner in November. In his introduction LCCI chairman Tony Pidgley pointed out that since last year’s event there had not only been a new transport secretary but also a new Prime Minister, and a new relationship with Europe.
In October Lord Toby Harris published his wide-ranging independent report into what could be done to improve London’s resources and readiness to respond to a major terrorist incident. The Harris review commends London’s emergency services, but makes 127 recommendations for the Mayor, the government and other agencies to consider. Calling for this review was one
New steps towards devolution for London were welcomed by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry following November’s Autumn Statement. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that London will receive £3.15 billion as its share of national housing budget to deliver more than 90,000 homes. In addition the government will devolve the adult education budget to London and
Immigration has underpinned London’s economic, social and cultural development over centuries, helping make it the great city it is today. Following June’s referendum and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), immigration has been front and centre of the UK’s public policy debate. When LCCI took soundings of London business leaders through roundtable