March 2021

March 31st
2:00pm
31st March 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The Future of the CAZ

Invitation only

The Future of the CAZ is a study undertaken by Arup, Gerald Eve and the London School of Economics for the Mayor of London on the economic future of the Central Activities Zone.

In collaboration with Arup, Gerald Eve LLP and London School of Economics

March 31st
10:00am
31st March 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

A focus on Digital Skills in partnership with Future Dot Now

Skilling London series
Invitation only

An ongoing events series (currently virtual) to discuss key skills issues, for members to promote their good practice, and to foster better collaboration between business and education. The monthly sessions showcase data/​evidence to frame the discussion, members present on what they are doing to tackle the challenge in their organisation and network; followed by discussion and questions on how this good practice could apply to other organisations. This group is open to all, so if you would like to get involved please contact

Future Dot Now

March 30th
2:00pm
30th March 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Business Advisory Group meeting

Invitation only

London First’s Business Advisory Group was established in response to the pandemic to connect the business voice with government at all levels, articulating London’s recovery needs and harnessing the power and collective insight of London’s business leaders to help shape a vision for London’s recovery. The meetings are hosted by our Chairman Paul Drechsler and our CEO Jasmine Whitbread.

March 17th
10:00am
17th March 2021 10:00am – 12:00pm

Considering the case for private investment into affordable housing

Invitation only

This virtual meeting will examine the case for attracting further private investment into the affordable housing sector, as well as the public policy changes that are required to facilitate this. You will gain access to exclusive market insights and hear expert analysis from investors and key public sector stakeholders, including the Regulator of Social Housing. There will also be an opportunity to give your views on this subject during the breakout sessions towards the end of the meeting.

In collaboration with Arcadis and CBRE

March 5th
11:00am
5th March 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm

Transport in London: The future and funding of TfL

Invitation only

The pandemic has broken TfL’s funding model and the traditional levers are unlikely to be sufficient to fill the gap. Arup and London First have proposed four new ideas to help: a London Vehicle Ownership Duty to replace VED; smart road user charging; a London Mobility Service; and a fully integrated fares system.

In collaboration with Arup

March 2nd
11:00am
2nd March 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

February 2021

February 26th
10:00am
26th February 2021 10:00am – 11:30am

The Future of London’s Roads

Working Group - Invitation only

London’s roads were strained before the pandemic with behavioural change fuelling congestion and new technologies from electric vehicles to ride hailing apps challenging long-held approaches. Covid has accelerated many of these trends and led to a reassessment of how we allocate road space in the capital.

February 24th
10:00am
24th February 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Business Advisory Group - February

Invitation only

London First’s Business Advisory Group is made up of 20 leaders from cross-sector businesses to look at the big picture questions the capital needs to answer to secure London’s recovery from the COVID-19 and stay competitive into the future. The group is chaired by our Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.

February 23rd
2:00pm
23rd February 2021 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Data for London

Working Group - Invitation only

The Data for London (D4L) Working Group continues the momentum created by the London Data Commission, and works closely with the GLA and the boroughs, lending a strong business voice for data-collaboration to solve city challenges. Our aim is to encourage purposeful data collaborations amongst public sector agencies across London and between the public and private sector to solve civic challenges and make a positive impact on the lives of Londoners.

February 23rd
11:00am
23rd February 2021 11:00am – 12:00pm

Briefing with Councillor Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, please join us for a virtual briefing with Councillor Jack Hopkins, Leader of Lambeth Council. 

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss both his priorities for Lambeth and the key challenges and opportunities for growth in the borough.
 

In collaboration with Foxtons

February 12th
10:00am
12th February 2021 10:00am – 11:30am

The Future of London’s Roads

Working Group - Invitation only

London’s roads were strained before the pandemic with behavioural change fuelling congestion and new technologies from electric vehicles to ride hailing apps challenging long-held approaches. Covid has accelerated many of these trends and led to a reassessment of how we allocate road space in the capital.

February 10th
11:00am
10th February 2021 11:00am – 12:30pm

In conversation with Rickardo Hyatt, Executive Director, Housing and Land, GLA

Invitation only

Join us for a briefing and discussion with Rickardo Hyatt, Interim Deputy Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA. As part of our regular engagement with key decision makers in London, Rickardo will discuss the main housing issues currently confronting City Hall including: the current state of the housing market in London; the latest steps being taken to support housebuilding in the capital; and the Mayor’s new affordable housing programme. 

In collaboration with Peabody

February 4th
10:00am
4th February 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Universities in the Covid-19 Era: What is the emerging picture of student occupancy telling us?

Invitation only

Universities started the Autumn semester with an understandable lack of clarity on student occupancy and finished it undertaking the mammoth task of mass student testing to return them safely home. As we enter the start of a new term, this roundtable will explore the emerging picture of how HE estates are being used.

In collaboration with JLL

February 3rd
10:00am
3rd February 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Who lives in Build to Rent

Invitation only

This event will see the formal launch of the Who lives in Build-to-Rent’ report.

In collaboration with: BPF and UKAA Our Partners: Apo Group, Dataloft, Foxtons, Get Living, Grainger and HomeViews

February 2nd
10:00am
2nd February 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

January 2021

January 29th
10:30am
29th January 2021 10:30am – 12:00pm

The Future of London’s Roads

Working Group - Invitation only

London’s roads were strained before the pandemic with behavioural change fuelling congestion and new technologies from electric vehicles to ride hailing apps challenging long-held approaches. Covid has accelerated many of these trends and led to a reassessment of how we allocate road space in the capital.

January 26th
10:00am
26th January 2021 10:00am – 28th January 2021 12:00pm

Building London Summit 2021

Flagship Event

January 21st
10:00am
21st January 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

A 21st Century London: the route to recovery

Invitation only

Join us for a discussion on how to secure the best possible recovery for the capital. 

Over the last few months, we’ve brought together your CEOs and Chairs, as well as our Business Advisory Group, to support us in creating a vision for a 21st Century London and to feed in their perspectives on how to get there. We’d now like to get your take on what these plans mean for your business, what’s missing and what you’d like to see us championing to secure a rapid and robust recovery in the year ahead.

January 19th
2:00pm
19th January 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Business Advisory Group - January

Invitation only

London First’s Business Advisory Group is made up of 20 leaders from cross-sector businesses to look at the big picture questions the capital needs to answer to secure London’s recovery from the COVID-19 and stay competitive into the future. The group is chaired by our Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.

January 13th
9:30am
13th January 2021 9:30am – 10:30am

A 21st Century London: the route to recovery

Invitation only

Join us for a discussion on how to secure the best possible recovery for the capital. 

Over the last few months, we’ve brought together your CEOs and Chairs, as well as our Business Advisory Group, to support us in creating a vision for a 21st Century London and to feed in their perspectives on how to get there. We’d now like to get your take on what these plans mean for your business, what’s missing and what you’d like to see us championing to secure a rapid and robust recovery in the year ahead.

January 12th
2:00pm
12th January 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pm

In Conversation with CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Invitation only

Join us to hear insights from Nick Smallwood, CEO of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, into how the Covid-19 crisis will affect the delivery of the UK’s infrastructure pipeline. What are the actions being taken by the Infrastructure Projects Authority, which sits inside HM Treasury, to help improve the way infrastructure and major projects are delivered?

In collaboration with the Nichols Group

January 7th
10:00am
7th January 2021 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

December 2020

December 16th
10:00am
16th December 2020 10:00am – 11:20am

In Conversation with Sir John Armitt: Reflections on the National Infrastructure Strategy

Invitation only

The Government’s National Infrastructure Strategy is expected to be published alongside the spending round in late November. This webinar on Wednesday, 16th December will give London First members a chance to hear reflections on this Strategy from the Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, who oversaw the publication of the first National Infrastructure Assessment.

Following a speech by Sir John, the rest of the session will be devoted to a Q&A. 

In collaboration with Mott MacDonald

December 15th
9:00am
15th December 2020 9:00am – 10:00am

Inspirational Leaders Series: Dame Cressida Dick DBE

Invitation only

Please join me for a special leadership event with Dame Cressida Dick DBE, Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, in conversation with Sarah Sands, who recently joined the London First Board and formerly was editor of the London Evening Standard and the Today programme on Radio 4 .

December 14th
10:00am
14th December 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Business Advisory Group - December

Invitation only

London First’s Business Advisory Group is made up of 20 leaders from cross-sector businesses to look at the big picture questions the capital needs to answer to secure London’s recovery from the COVID-19 and stay competitive into the future. The group is chaired by our Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.

December 8th
2:00pm
8th December 2020 2:00pm – 3:30pm

The Data for London (D4L) Working Group

Invitation only

The Data for London (D4L) Working Group continues the momentum created by the London Data Commission, and works closely with the GLA and the boroughs, lending a strong business voice for data-collaboration to solve city challenges. Our aim is to encourage purposeful data collaborations amongst public sector agencies across London and between the public and private sector to solve civic challenges and make a positive impact on the lives of Londoners.

December 3rd
10:00am
3rd December 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable with Tom Ilube CBE and Naeema Choudry, Partner, Eversheds

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

November 2020

November 27th
10:30am
27th November 2020 10:30am – 12:00pm

Skills London 2020 Virtual Debate

Invitation only

Join us for London First’s Virtual Skills London debate 2020, where we will be bringing together educational experts, business leaders, London Government and young people to debate the questions: with fewer than ever opportunities available due to Covid-19, what can business, education, government and the third sector do to help? How can we ensure boosting diversity and inclusion in London’s workforce is key in this process?

Sponsored by ExCel

November 26th
11:00am
26th November 2020 11:00am – 12:15pm

Delivering growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Invitation only

In early 2019 we convened a group of experts to discuss the Government’s plans to deliver one million new homes between Oxford and Cambridge by 2050 to boost it as a world-leading economic place’, and to ask what this could mean for London. 

In collaboration with Turley

November 24th
11:00am
24th November 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Briefing with Councillor Mark Allison, Leader of Merton Council

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, please join us for a webinar briefing with Councillor Mark Allison, Leader of Merton Council. 

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss both his priorities for Merton and the key challenges and opportunities for growth in the borough.
 

In collaboration with Dar

November 23rd
10:00am
23rd November 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable with Minister for London, Paul Scully MP

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule. 

October 2020

October 20th
9:00am
20th October 2020 9:00am – 21st October 2020 2:00pm

London Infrastructure Summit 2020

Flagship Event

October 14th
1:00pm
14th October 2020 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule.

October 9th
9:30am
9th October 2020 9:30am – 11:30am

London First and Planning Officers Society London Annual Planning Discussion

Invitation only

Join us for our annual London First and Planning Officers Society London planning discussion, rescheduled from March. 

This virtual roundtable discussion will largely focus on the Planning White Paper. We look forward to a lively cross-sector debate about what the Government’s proposals could mean for London.
 

 

In collaboration with British Land

October 7th
10:00am
7th October 2020 10:00am – 11:15am

Education and skills for a post-Covid economy: building a long-term vision and plan

Invitation only

One of the most important lessons of Covid19 is that Education & Skills really matter. They are the only way to ensure future generations can deal with the challenges of global development, health and Climate Change. I am delighted to be hosting a roundtable discussion on this theme.

In collaboration with the Foundation for Education Development

September 2020

September 30th
4:00pm
30th September 2020 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Empowering Women in Planning

Invitation only

The RTPI State of the Profession’ research last year found that 40% of planners are female. However, a report by Women in Planning, also in 2019, highlighted that only 17% of women fill director and above roles in private planning consultancy.

In collaboration with Montagu Evans and Women in Planning

September 30th
11:00am
30th September 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Briefing with Councillor Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with the leaders of London’s most vibrant boroughs, please join us for a webinar briefing with Councillor Rachael Robathan, Leader of Westminster City Council.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear the Leader discuss both her priorities for Westminster and the key challenges and opportunities for growth in the borough.

In collaboration with Grosvenor

September 24th
10:00am
24th September 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Planning White Paper Briefing with Simon Gallagher, Planning Director at MHCLG

Invitation only

Join us for a personal briefing from Simon Gallagher, Planning Director at MHCLG to hear more about the Government’s thinking behind the Planning White Paper and their proposed reforms.

Due to the forthcoming Devolution White Paper, it was not possible to provide any detail on London specifically, but this will be a chance to pose questions to Simon on what the reforms could mean for London. 

In collaboration with CarneySweeney

September 22nd
10:00am
22nd September 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Chair and CEO virtual roundtable

Invitation only

These informal virtual roundtables provide senior business leaders — chairs and CEOs — in membership with the opportunity to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on business, the capital and the economy and to look ahead to what business and the government will need to focus on to support the capital’s recovery. All discussions take place under the Chatham House rule.