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International students vital to business and the UK economy

Commenting on the Government’s review of Student visas

Commenting on the Government’s review of Student visas

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“London needs to attract the brightest and the best to the UK – employers in the capital recruit a high proportion of British graduates and will continue to do so, but a truly global market like London needs access to business-crucial skills, which aren’t always available in the domestic graduate market.

“International students are vital to both business and the UK economy. Whilst it’s clear that there are areas to tighten up, excessive restrictions will damage London’s international reputation and give the impression the UK is closed for business.”

Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.
“London needs to attract the brightest and the best to the UK – employers in the capital recruit a high proportion of British graduates and will continue to do so, but a truly global market like London needs access to business-crucial skills, which aren’t always available in the domestic graduate market.

“International students are vital to both business and the UK economy. Whilst it’s clear that there are areas to tighten up, excessive restrictions will damage London’s international reputation and give the impression the UK is closed for business.”

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Emma Apter on 020 7665 1427 / 07535 977004

Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and all of London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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