Titans of the future

“When I look at the classroom I think of Titans. They will be working for or creating tomorrow’s companies but they need our help.” Sherry Coutu CBE Business and education leaders gathered at the City of London Club in November to hear serial entrepreneur, Ambassador for London and Chairman of Founders- 4Schools Sherry Coutu CBE

Fair trade – making the most of overseas exhibitions

International trade fairs provide an invaluable opportunity for businesses to target potential customers, win business, and boost your brand and reputation abroad, but you need to plan and orchestrate carefully. That was the message from LCCI’s recent seminar: How to make the most of trade fairs abroad which was held in the splendid library of

A look back at 2016

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

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.

Protecting the capital – Harris Review backs LCCI recommendations

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

Chancellor Hammond moves London in right direction

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

Securing practical immigration for post-Brexit London

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

Boosting business confidence

The late Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson famously said at the time of the 1964 sterling crisis that “a week is a long time in politics”. How, one wonders, would Mr Wilson describe the current political climate in the UK? In the year since the last Autumn Statement a lot has changed, to say the

London Young Chamber gathers pace

A school gymnasium packed with hundreds of teenagers might not be everyone’s ideal place to spend an evening, but for seven Chamber members it was recently their Wednesday night destination of choice. Marking Young Chamber’s first major activity of the autumn term, Croydon Chamber members, Andall Legal, The HR Dept, Scaramanga Marketing and Coversure Croydon joined forces