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

The future of trade relationships between the UK and the rest of the world

At her speech at the Conservative Party Conference, the Prime Minister referred to ‘Global Britain’. She talked about ‘a country with the self-confidence and the freedom to look beyond the continent of Europe and to the economic and diplomatic opportunities of the wider world’.  This theme was a constant in the referendum campaign and also

London businesses and Brexit

London business are concerned – but not panicking – about Brexit, according to a widereaching new LCCI report London Businesses and Brexit: reactions, expectations and requirements. The report is the result of polling more than 500 businesses by ComRes, and in-depth roundtable discussions with LCCI members over the summer. It is clear that London firms