February 15th
15th February 2022 8:30am – 10:30am

London First AGM 2022 and Vision for London Strategy Session

Invitation only

Join us for our AGM, followed by a Vision for London discussion, where we will explore what the capital needs to be attractive and competitive into the future. This will be an opportunity for you to feed in your perspective, following input from senior business executives across our Board and membership. We would really value your insights on what a thriving capital needs to encapsulate, and we look forward to an in-depth conversation on how we can make London the best place in the world to do business.

February 22nd
22nd February 2022 9:00am – 10:00am

Borough Housing Roundtable with Lambeth

Invitation only

Councillor Matthew Bennett will lead a roundtable discussion with members regarding the work that Lambeth Borough Council is doing to increase house building in the borough. Members will be able to put their questions to him after the discussion via the Q&A session.

Hosted by Grimshaw

February 23rd
23rd February 2022 9:30am – 11:00am

Who lives in Build-to-Rent?

Invitation only

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

The report builds upon the first report published last year looking at who lives in Build-to-Rent homes in London. The event will cover the report’s findings, how the data compares to London’s wider private rented sector and will take a more detailed look at the affordability of build-to-rent in the Capital. 

Host TBC

February 23rd
23rd February 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Business Advisory Group - February

Invitation only
London First’s Business Advisory Group comprises leaders from cross-sector businesses, who examine the big questions the capital must answer in order to promote a positive recovery and remain competitive into the future. The group is chaired by London First Chairman Paul Drechsler and connects the business voice with government at all levels.
February 24th
24th February 2022 10:00am – 11:15am

Skilling London Series: Tackling Skills Shortages - the Importance of Education and Business Partnerships

A London First Skilling London Virtual Roundtable hosted by Collab Group
Invitation only

London’s labour market is significantly challenged; on the one hand unemployment remains stubbornly high and large numbers have become economically inactive since the pandemic. On the other, vacancies and demand for skills are reaching record levels. But there’s a skills mismatch which is making it hard for business to access the workers they need. Doubling down on reskilling training is critical as are strategies for unlocking all parts of London’s labour market to build a more robust pipeline of diverse talent to fill staff shortages. 

Hosted by Collab Group

March 3rd
3rd March 2022 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Supper Club with Guto Harri

Invitation only

Invitation only. Next in our Supper Club series, London First members will have the opportunity for informal dinner and conversation with Guto Harri. Guto spent 18 years at the BBC, becoming the Chief Political Correspondent, before joining Boris Johnson’s City Hall as Director of External Affairs. He is now an advisor, commentator and presenter and will be sharing his insights into the challenges faced by the current Government and what this means for business in the capital.

In partnership with Deloitte

March 9th
9th March 2022 10:00am – 11:15am

Skilling London Series: Making sense of the Government's Plan for Jobs

Invitation only

With the pandemic wreaking havoc on business workforce strategies and a labour market seeing record level job vacancies and skills shortages, the Government’s Plan for Jobs – a range of programmes and incentives designed to help business train up and recruit – aims to help. Except the offer can be hard to navigate – often, its not clear how to transfer unused apprenticeship levy money, what skills bootcamps are, and what the difference is between Kickstart and Restart.