Category: Economy, enterprise and resilience

LCCI Cyber Security Series Part 1: The smartphone

Recent government figures show that nearly half of all businesses suffered at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.  Cybercrime truly entered the public consciousness in May this year, when a global ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations crippled NHS services in some parts of the

Progress report – Sadiq Khan’s year in office

Last month Mayor of London Sadiq Khan marked his first year in office. London’s highly- respected newspaper The Evening Standard assessed how he was doing on the major issues facing the capital – policing, housing, business, the environment and transport. Most progress had been made in the areas of business and the economy, and the

Cyber attacks – advice from NCSC

Following last month’s global coordinated ransomware attack on thousands of private and public sector organisations – most evident in the UK in the National Health Service – the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported no initial subsequent accounts of the same kind. But, the service added, it was important to understand that “the way these

Building bridges and growing networks

It’s been almost a year since Sadiq Khan won the election and asked me to become his deputy mayor for business. With his commitment to become the most pro-business Mayor London had ever seen, he handed me the formidable task of leading this effort, a task that was made more complicated when the UK voted

Confidence rising … but concern about cashflow

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in partnership with leading polling agency ComRes have released the Capital 500 Quarterly Economic Survey for the first quarter of this year. The survey, taken before the triggering of Article 50 and the announcement of the June election, found that although businesses reported an increase in confidence and

Calm and rational consideration needed

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.

Right signals needed for transport

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.