Access to high quality international air travel is vital for business in the capital. International links have always been one of London’s greatest assets and adequate airport runway capacity is critical to the competitive position of London in a global economy. However, current capacity is insufficient to meet forecast demand. This document explores the issue and potential solutions.
A major new rail link connecting south-west and north-east London, via a tunnel beneath central London, is recommended today in a new report by London First. The new line, Crossrail 2, would transform journeys for commuters from the south-west and the north-east, including Wimbledon, Kingston, Twickenham, Hackney, Islington, Tottenham, Cheshunt and Hertford East. It would also provide essential relief to major London interchanges, including Euston, Victoria and Clapham Junction, and reduce pressure on congested Tube lines. In some cases, journey times would be more than halved.
The UK Government has for the last 40 plus years been exploring ways to increase aviation capacity in London and the South East. This has taken the form of commissions, studies, reports and parliamentary bills. Meanwhile, airports in our competitors’ cities and emerging markets have been steadily increasing capacity.
This short booklet recounts the experiences of London employers across a range of sectors that have used apprenticeships to access the skills available in the local workforce, and benefitted from them.
A London First paper, concerned with how the UK’s tax regime supports London’s position as a leading global business centre.
We balance our work on addressing issues that have an immediate impact on our members with longer term issues that affect London’s ability to remain the world’s best city in which to do business. This brochure sets out our achievements over the last year.
Our submission to the Call for Evidence on the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards concludes – amongst other things – that any new regulations or measures designed to restore trust in the banking industry must be considered in light of the regulatory change that is already in process.
As part of our campaign to ensure that London has the airport capacity needed to support economic growth in both the medium and long term, we wrote to the Prime Minister on 20 July 2012.
This note follows our previous Financial Services Bill briefings (11 June 2012; 2 July 2012) and provides our comments on the amendments tabled for discussion in the forthcoming committee discussions, specifically amendments 140, 140C and 144K.