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Letter to the PM - clarity needed before 19th July
4 July 2021
Letter sent to the Prime Minister by 50+ London First members on 2nd July 2021.
Dear Prime Minister,
The outstanding success of the UK’s vaccination programme and its impact on Covid-19 is encouraging for businesses as they look towards the future. It is now critical that the Government gives clear direction on the return to the office, for employers, employees and all the businesses that are counting the days until our city centres begin to buzz again.
Businesses need to know what the end of lockdown restrictions will mean in practice before 19th July. For many months now, employers and employees have dealt with often complex – sometimes mixed – messages tending towards caution where the advice has not been clear cut. At this critical moment, we believe that it is essential that the Government is unambiguous in its communications that when the stage four restrictions lift, public transport is safe, offices are safe, and work-from-home is no longer the default. Employers can then move forward with plans for new ways of working, considering the needs of their staff, clients, and customers.
Our economic recovery will only succeed if the Government commits to reviving our city centres. A clear plan of action will help cities accelerate the UK’s economic revival, while addressing levelling up challenges. In London, we need: Government support for the promotional push to attract commuters and holidaymakers back to the capital; funding to keep our public transport network operating at full strength; and a reskilling programme to get Londoners into work. Concerted action now will reap significant benefits for the whole of the UK.
This is the moment to be unequivocal and set the country clearly on a path to recovery.
Andy Stylianou, Chairman, Gowling WLG Anthony Yazbeck, President &COO, International, WeWork Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive Officer, UK Power Networks Brendan Kerr, Executive Chairman, Keltbray Byron Crellin, Managing Director, DebtSquared Caroline Artis, London Senior Partner and Market Leader, Ernst & Young LLP Chris Rumfitt, Founder & Chief Executive, Field Consulting Colette O’Shea, Chief Operating Officer, Landsec Daniel Hajjar, Managing Principal, London, HOK Darrell Mercer, Group Chief Executive, A2Dominion Group Debbie Akehurst, Chief Executive Officer, Midtown Des Gunewardena, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer D&D London Dominic Booth, Managing Director, Abellio Group Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive Officer, HS1 Geeta Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Gerald Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Helical plc Helen Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Grainger Inderneel Singh, Managing Director, Edwardian Hotels London Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive Officer, New West End Company James Raynor, Chief Executive Officer, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland Jeremy Rees, Chief Executive Officer, ExCeL London John Dickie, Chief Executive Officer, London First John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Jon Di-Stefano, Chief Executive Officer, Telford Homes Jon Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Capita plc Kate Davies FRICS, Chief Executive Officer, Notting Hill Genesis Lisa Mayhew, Co-Chair of the Firm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP — London, UK Mark Cowlard, UK Chief Executive Officer, Arcadis Mark Kildea, Chief Executive Officer, The Howard de Walden Estate Mark Naysmith (Dr.Eng), Chief Executive Officer for the UK&MEIA Region, WSP Mark Reynolds, Group Chief Executive, Mace Matthew Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, FirstGroup Michael Payton QC (Hon), Chairman, Clyde & Co LLP Oliver Fenn-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, The Portman Estate Paul Drechsler, Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce Paul Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Derwent London Peter Hogg, London City Executive and UK Cities Director, Partner at Arcadis London Philip Jansen, Chief Executive Officer, BT Group Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice Chancellor and President, University of East London Professor Judy Raper, Dean and Chief Executive of TEDI-London Professor Lynn Dobbs, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, London Metropolitan University Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University Professor Sir Paul Curran, President, City, University of London Robin Mills, Managing Director, Compass Group UK and Ireland Ros Goode, Principal and Regional Managing Director London Ros Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the Heart of London Business Alliance Sean Collins, Chief Executive Officer, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers Simon Carter, Chief Executive Officer, British Land Simon Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Battersea Power Station Development Company Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive Officer of Camden Town Unlimited Sir George Iacobescu, Executive Chairman, Canary Wharf Stephanie Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, JLL U.K Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport Toby Courtauld, Chief Executive Officer, Great Portland Estates plc Turancan Salur, General Manager, Getir UK Virginia Clegg, Senior Partner, DAC Beachcroft
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