January 2021

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 26th
10:00am
26th November 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Build a CV & Write a Cover Letter - Skills London and Google Digital Garage

Public

A well-built CV and cover letter can help your job or university application stand out. Learn how to highlight your achievements and write an engaging cover letter with Google Digital Garage. 

In this session you will learn: 
• Ways to identify your relevant strengths and skills 
• How to format for your CV online 
• A recommended structure for writing your cover letter 
 

Skills London in partnership with Google Digital Garage

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. 

November 20th
10:30am
20th November 2020 10:30am – 11:30am

Strength-based interview skills - Skills London and Accenture

Public

This session is a great opportunity to learn how Accenture assess their candidates and the strengths they look for in the application process. The session will cover Accenture’s strength-based assessments system and how they find your individual strengths through your personal interests.

What can you expect from the session? 

• Build an understanding of what strength-based skills are 
• Identify your own strength-based skills 
• Get top tips to help you talk about them confidently in an interview 

In partnership with Accenture

November 19th
10:00am
19th November 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Find Your Career Goals - Skills London and Google Digital Garage

Public

Understanding what you enjoy doing most can help you take the next step in your career. Join us to explore what matters to you in a job. Try different exercises inspired by the Ikagi technique to help you identify what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, and what other people value. 

In this session you will learn: 
• The ingredients to feeling fulfilled at work 
• Ways to identify what matters to you
• How to set goals and routes to become more fulfilled 
 

Skills London in partnership with Google Digital Garage

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.

September 16th
10:00am
16th September 2020 10:00am – 11:00am

Briefing with Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham

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 Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham.

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

In collaboration with Jacobs

September 10th
4:00pm
10th September 2020 4:00pm – 5:30pm

In conversation with David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA

Invitation only

Join us for a briefing and discussion with David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA

As part of our regular engagement with key decision makers in London, David 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 house building in the capital; and progress of the Mayor’s affordable housing programme. 

In collaboration with Barratt London

September 3rd
3:00pm
3rd September 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

London First and Planning Officers Society London joint roundtable discussion: Modern methods of construction

Invitation only

Modern methods of construction, or MMC, represent a real opportunity to help alleviate some of the challenges we face in the current housing crisis. MMC can supplement our traditional methods of housebuilding with faster and more efficient build out rates and, as seen most recently, continued construction in challenging times.

In collaboration with DP9

August 2020

August 27th
10:00am
27th August 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.

August 25th
11:00am
25th August 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

Briefing with Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow 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 Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council.

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

In collaboration with Ballymore

July 2020

July 21st
3:00pm
21st July 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Can Data help London get out of the lockdown?

Invitation only

This interactive session will include a panel debate with the Theo Blackwell, London’s Chief Digital Officer and bring you up-to-speed on the work of the Commission, including our work supporting the GLA and Alan Turing Institutes’ Covid-19 initiative. It will also provide insights into the priorities of key data stakeholders plus preview the Commission’s recommendations and exciting future projects, ahead of the Commission’s report launch in September.

July 16th
10:45am
16th July 2020 10:45am – 12:00pm

20 Years of TfL - The Future of the River Thames

Invitation only

To mark the 20th anniversary of TfL, London First, the Port of London Authority and Port of Tilbury will look at how the River Thames can become a more integral part of London’s transport strategy.

In collaboration with Port of London Authority and Port of Tilbury

July 15th
11:00am
15th July 2020 11:00am – 12:30pm

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: What’s next for East London?

Invitation only

The webinar will provide an overview of the London Legacy Development Corporation, its work to deliver the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park including its development in the run up to the Olympic Games and its wider impact on the surrounding area. The session will also explore what is next for the LLDC, its wider regeneration work and future developments for the area. 

In collaboration with the LLDC and Lendlease

July 9th
3:00pm
9th July 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

TfL and London’s Recovery

A webinar with Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport and Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner
Invitation only

As London begins to reopen and recover from Covid-19, how we travel around the city will have to change. A poorly managed return to public transport is a critical risk for our capital and Government, City Hall, Transport for London, and businesses will need work in lockstep to ensure demand is reduced and retimed. Transport for London have been quick to create Streetspace to enable more safe, sustainable, and socially distanced travel, including supporting greater experimentation with micro-mobility.

In collaboration with AECOM

July 9th
11:00am
9th July 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm

COVID-19 and the future of work: The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in helping London’s business adapt in the new normal

Invitation only

As London begins to come out of lockdown the challenge for businesses is be getting back to normal levels of service and operation, but disruptions to workforce, difficult market conditions and uncertainty about the long term effect on the economy and behaviour make business planning exceptionally difficult. New machine learning technologies like AI will be immensely valuable in helping companies adapt to the new reality.

July 1st
11:00am
1st July 2020 11:00am – 12:15pm

London First and Planning Officers Society discussion

Industrial land intensification and co-location
Invitation only

The draft new London Plan contains policies that seek to protect industrial capacity in London through the intensification of industrial uses. This includes the multi-layering of industrial and warehousing accommodation and the co-location of housing and commercial activities. Our discussion will explore the planning, design and viability issues arising from such approaches and how the draft new London Plan policies are being interpreted at the borough level.

 

In collaboration with hgh consulting

June 2020

June 30th
3:00pm
30th June 2020 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Assessing the future: a roundtable discussion about the development of student accommodation and university estates in London

Invitation only

Prior to COVID-19, expansion of university estates and the need for more purpose-built student accommodation were top of the agenda. Do these plans remain? Or will changes need to be made? How will the pandemic impact the attractiveness of London as city to study in for both domestic and international students?

In collaboration with JLL

June 25th
3:00pm
25th June 2020 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Unlocking TfL: Webinar with Vernon Everitt.

Invitation only

With unlocking moving through the steps set out in the Government roadmap, TfL faces new challenges as Londoners return to movement. Vernon Everitt, Managing Director for Customers, Communications, and Technology at TfL, will be joining London First members to talk about the progress being made and the ways in which the private sector can support a well-managed return to public transport in the capital. 

June 24th
3:15pm
24th June 2020 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Inspirational Leaders Series: Ann Cairns and Laurence Taylor

Invitation only

Please join us for a special leadership event which celebrates Leadership Exchange, our peer to peer mentoring programme between senior police and business leaders. The conversation will revolve around the unique challenges of leading through the COVID-19 pandemic and the journey towards recovery. 

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

The Future of the Connected Home:

How technological innovation will change the way we use our homes
Invitation only

Join us for a webinar presentation and virtual discussion to look at how innovation is continually changing the way we use and live in our homes. We will be looking at how technology allows us to be more efficient in the way we use and run our buildings and will pay attention to BTR developments. 

 

In collaboration with Bosch

June 16th
2:00pm
16th June 2020 2:00pm – 3:00pm

London Alliance roundtable

Invitation only

London First will be hosting a small roundtable discussion with Amy Lamé, Night Czar, and Laura Citron, CEO of London & Partners, to discuss initiatives that support London’s economic recovery within the hospitality, retail and leisure sector, including a consumer-facing campaign to restore consumer confidence.

In collaboration with London & Partners