May 2019

May 1st
8:00am
1st May 2019 8:00am – 9:45am

Annual Planning Update from MHCLG

Invitation only

Members are invited to join us for our annual planning update from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Simon Gallagher, Director of Planning for the MHCLG will share intelligence on emerging planning policy and the Government’s response to recent consultations and reviews, including last year’s National Infrastructure Assessment. We also hope to get some insight on recent Secretary of State call-in decisions and the Draft New London Plan Examination in Public. 


 

Hosted by GL Hearn

April 2019

April 30th
12:00pm
30th April 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Roundtable member lunch with Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London

This event is now fully subscribed
Invitation only
Join us to hear from Theo Blackwell, the Chief Digital Officer for London, on his agenda for making London the world’s smartest city, ensuring that the capital’s status as a global tech hub helps transform the way public services are designed and delivered, making them more accessible, efficient and responsive to the needs of Londoners.

Hosted by Airbnb

April 25th
6:00pm
25th April 2019 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Briefing reception with William Vereker, Prime Minister’s Business Envoy

Followed by a Partner dinner
Invitation only

Join us for a briefing reception with William Vereker, who was appointed the Prime Minister’ Business Envoy in September to boost Downing Street’s relations with business.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to discuss his priorities for engaging with the capital’s businesses at this crucial time.

Following the reception there will be a Partner dinner.



Hosted by Linklaters

April 24th
12:00pm
24th April 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

HTML Test

Invitation only

We are bringing together an interesting and dynamic group of women, some of our most successful business leaders, to help shape our Next Horizon.

April 23rd
8:30am
23rd April 2019 8:30am – 10:00am

Freight and the River Thames – joint roundtable with the Planning Officers’ Society

Invitation only
How can we get more freight using the Thames? With a clear need to improve London’s air quality and reduce congestion on its roads, this joint roundtable with the Planning Officers’ Society will explore how to get more freight on one of London’s greatest assets its river. We will hear from a range of planning perspectives including that of the Port of London Authority.

Hosting opportunity available

April 10th
5:00pm
10th April 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm

West End Streets Group

Invitation only

London First’s West End Streets (WESt) Steering Group brings together business leaders to promote the delivery of public realm improvements in one of London’s most important business, retail and tourist locations. Members of the group share a common interest in securing the West End as a long term driver of economic activity critical to London’s success. 

Hosted by Derwent

April 4th
9:00am
4th April 2019 9:00am – 10:30am

Partner roundtable with the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party

Partner only event
Invitation only

Partners are invited to join us for a roundtable breakfast with the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio.

The breakfast will give Partners an insight into the workings of the Cabinet Office at this critical time, as well as an opportunity to get his perspective on Brexit, immigration and housing.

Hosted by Grant Thornton

April 3rd
6:00pm
3rd April 2019 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Million Homes

Invitation only
In October 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond gave the go ahead for plans for up to one million new homes being built between Oxford and Cambridge by 2050 to boost it as a world-leading economic place’. 

Hosted by AECOM

March 2019

March 28th
8:00am
28th March 2019 8:00am – 10:00am

London First/GLA Apprenticeship Levy Review Roundtable -28 March

Invitation only

At the 2018 Autumn Budget, the Government announced that the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills would work with a range of employers and providers to consider how they are responding to the apprenticeship levy across different sectors and regions in England. They will also consider the future role of apprenticeships post-2020. This roundtable forms part of that work.


March 27th
8:15am
27th March 2019 8:15am – 9:30am

London First Chairman's breakfast with Paul Drechsler CBE

Invitation only
These informal breakfast roundtables provide senior business leaders in membership with the opportunity to give and take on current trends and the key challenges they face in the Capital and the rest of the UK. This year’s events will focus on London First’s Next Horizon project which aims to understand how we can keep London at the top of its game following our exit from the European Union. All members are encouraged to send a CEO, Chair or equivalent leader so that we can gather as broad and diverse set of views.

Hosted by Mastercard

March 14th
5:00pm
14th March 2019 5:00pm – 7:00pm

London First MIPIM 2019 Closing drinks reception

Invitation only

This will be our final networking event before the sun sets on MIPIM 2019.

This evening gathering, kindly co-hosted by Joanna Rowelle, City Economics Director at Arup, takes place aboard their yacht adjacent to the Palais des Festivals*.



Hosted by Arup

March 13th
8:00am
13th March 2019 8:00am – 10:00am

Breakfast Round table with the Home Office

Invitation only

London First Roundtable breakfast with the Home Office: Influencing the White Paper to create a fair and managed immigration system that works for the UK

Wednesday 13th March, 8am for 8.30am until 10am

Hosted by KPMG

March 11th
7:00pm
11th March 2019 7:00pm – 10:30pm

London First in partnership with JLL: MIPIM 2019 Landing Drinks

Invitation only

Join us with the key players from London’s property industry as we kick off MIPIM 2019 at our landing drinks reception. A prime opportunity to spark those early conversations before the week in Cannes gets into full swing.

The evening is kindly hosted by JLL’s Katie Kopec, Director, Development Consultancy, with an address from Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills.


Co-hosted by JLL

February 2019

February 28th
10:00am
28th February 2019 10:00am – 11:00am

London First Retail Group

Invitation only

A forum for structured information sharing and networking on policies and decisions affecting the success of retail and hospitality sectors in London.

Hosted by KPMG

February 27th
6:00pm
27th February 2019 6:00pm – 8:30pm

How to design and deliver 21st century affordable homes

Invitation only
London needs to build 65,000 homes a year and nearly half need to affordable. In the desire to meet the demand for affordable housing, how can we ensure that we build quality homes and create sustainable communities? James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and our panel of experts will cover some of challenges facing architects, developers, housing associations, and planners in ensuring that we build homes and communities that don’t just address the problems we are facing now, but will leave a lasting legacy.

Hosted by SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business

February 14th
2:00pm
14th February 2019 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Williams rail review member roundtable with Tony Poulter

Invitation only
With the Government’s independent rail review led by Keith Williams ongoing, this roundtable with Tony Poulter offers members the chance to debate the issues at a critical time for Britain’s rail industry. Tony is a member of the review’s Expert Challenge Panel, chair of the East Coast Partnership and a non-executive board member at the Department for Transport.

Hosted at the London First offices

February 13th
6:00pm
13th February 2019 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Members’ reception with the Mayor of London

Invitation only

Join us for an evening reception with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. We look forward to an in-depth conversation with the Mayor about his vision and priorities for the capital at this critical time, from Brexit through to the new London Plan.

This reception presents an excellent chance to ask questions and get a genuine insight into how the Mayor views the major challenges and opportunities facing the capital today.

 

February 7th
8:15am
7th February 2019 8:15am – 9:30am

London First Chairman's breakfast with Paul Drechsler CBE

Invitation only
These informal breakfast roundtables provide senior business leaders in membership with the opportunity to give and take on current trends and the key challenges they face in the Capital and the rest of the UK. This year’s events will focus on London First’s Next Horizon project which aims to understand how we can keep London at the top of its game following our exit from the European Union. All members are encouraged to send a CEO, Chair or equivalent leader so that we can gather as broad and diverse set of views.

Hosted by Edwardian Hotels London

January 2019

January 29th
7:00pm
29th January 2019 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Building London 2019 Speaker & Sponsor dinner

Invitation only

Building London Summit Speakers and Sponsors are kindly invited to join us for a special gathering ahead of the summit and awards dinner. The evening will provide an opportunity to have a frank exchange of views with your fellow panellists ahead of the discussions on stage.

Sponsored by AECOM

January 17th
6:00pm
17th January 2019 6:00pm – 8:30pm

London Councils and the 2019 Spending Review

Followed by a Partner dinner
Invitation only

London First members are invited to join us for a briefing and reception with senior Leaders from London Councils, including its Chair, Cllr Peter John OBE, and Chief Executive, John O’Brien, to learn about London Councils’ aims for the Government’s 2019 Spending Review and to discuss how these fit with London businesses’ priorities. 

Hosted by Aecom

January 10th
6:00pm
10th January 2019 6:00pm – 8:30pm

The regeneration of Spitalfields 30 years on – lessons learnt

Invitation only

The evening will offer an insider-view retrospective of Spitalfields and an opportunity to reflect on both the scheme’s achievements and the lessons that can be learned from the area’s transformation.

Joining us for this event will be some of the key players involved in the Spitalfields development, including Sir Michael Bear, John Drew and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs.


Hosted by Perkins + Will

December 2018

November 2018

November 21st
7:45pm
21st November 2018 7:45pm – 9:30pm

Partner dinner with Dame Minouche Shafik DBE

Invitation only
Please join us for a dinner with Dame Minouche Shafik DBE, Director, London School of Economics. This is an ideal opportunity to engage in a lively conversation about the key challenges facing London and the priorities for business leaders in times of political and economic uncertainty. Minouche is a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and was the youngest ever Vice President of the World Bank, at the age of 36.

Kindly hosted by Lloyds Banking Group

November 21st
6:00pm
21st November 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Leadership Lecture: ‘In conversation’ with Dame Minouche Shafik DBE

Public
Please join us to hear Dame Minouche Shafik DBE, Director, London School of Economics, talking about her remarkable career and those light-bulb’ moments which have shaped it and that have enabled her to develop the skills required to lead through political and economic uncertainty. Minouche is a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and was the youngest ever Vice President of the World Bank, at the age of 36.

Kindly hosted by Lloyds Banking Group

November 21st
8:00am
21st November 2018 8:00am – 10:00am

Making the Best Use of London’s Roads: the Mayor’s EV Charging Infrastructure Taskforce – roundtable with Deputy Mayor Shirley Rodrigues

Invitation only

This invitation-only roundtable with Deputy Mayor for the Environment Shirley Rodrigues will explore the role of the private and public sectors in delivering greater amounts of the right types of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in London.


The Mayor’s Taskforce, on which London First sits, is currently tackling this issue as London continues its journey towards being a zero emission city for transport by 2050.

Hosted by Ramboll

November 15th
7:00pm
15th November 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Partner dinner with Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary, MHCLG

Invitation only

Join us for a private roundtable dinner with Melanie Dawes CB, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government. 

The Permanent Secretary also serves as gender champion for the Civil Service and sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee. Her distinguished career in the Civil Service has included leading roles within HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office and HMRC

November 8th
8:00am
8th November 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

Brexit breakfast briefing with the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Invitation only

As we get ever closer to March 2019, there’s still considerable uncertainty over the shape of our future relationship with the EU with the spectre of no deal a growing concern.

Join us for a Brexit breakfast briefing with the Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP Chair of the Commons Select Committee on Exiting the European Union.This briefing will explore the progress of negotiations and what must be done to avoid a cliff edge. It will provide a timely opportunity to discuss what business needs to be doing to prepare for various possible Brexit scenarios.