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London First is a business membership organisation, with the mission to make London the best place in the world for business. We’re focused on keeping our capital working for the whole of the UK.



London’s stellar planning projects celebrated at London Planning Awards

NewsNews & resources Winners include Bloomberg’s new European HQ, a new business and retail destination on Regent Street and an ingenious approach to cooling a building. The winners of the London Planning Awards 2018 have been unveiled, including Bloomberg’s striking new European headquarters

January 19, 2018 0 comments

Losing Homes means Losing Talent – London must get building

BlogNews & resources Across the breadth of our membership, the one issue that ties our business leaders together, is the importance of retaining London’s talent. While our capital prides its self on being a vibrant city of culture and opportunities, this means nothing

January 17, 2018 0 comments

London’s housing pipeline cracks as nearly half of new homes aren’t built

News In 2017, 46% of new homes given planning permission fell by the wayside Only 3,000 homes were built in London’s suburbs, despite making up more than half of London’s land Year on year increases in planning applications – reaching a

January 17, 2018 0 comments

Keeping infrastructure on the agenda for 2018

Blog David Leam, Executive Director, London First 2018 got off to a bumpy start for infrastructure with the resignation of Lord Adonis as chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission. With Adonis taking on an increasingly political role his departure was perhaps

January 11, 2018 0 comments

Time for international students to stand up and not be counted

Blog Mark Hilton, Skills and Employment Director, London First The fight to keep Britain front and centre of the global stage intensifies as we race towards Brexit. Investing in our international student market will be a wise move if we’re to

January 11, 2018 0 comments

Reimagining rent – keeping essential workers in our capital

News Following the success of our Employer Housing Pledges, London First was invited by the Cabinet Office to apply for the Young Foundation’s Reimagining Rent programme. We are delighted to have been successful. The programme supports initiatives that tackle some of

January 8, 2018 0 comments

Bigger, bolder braver; how far could housing strategy go?

Blog Mairead Carroll, Programme Director, Housing In his foreword for the draft London Housing Strategy (LHS) the Mayor writes that “London’s housing crisis is the single biggest barrier to prosperity, growth, and fairness facing Londoners today.” Once the final version of

December 21, 2017 0 comments
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