January

January
17
6:00pm
17 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
10
6:00pm
10 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

December
18
11:30am
18 December 2018 11:30am – 1:30pm

WESt Steering 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.

This event is now fully subscribed

December
11
8:00am
11 December 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

Maintaining London’s global status in a competitive environment

Invitation only

As we approach Brexit, how does London measure up against competitor cities around the world? Where does London have a competitive edge, and where do we need to step up our efforts – whether around housing affordability, transport congestion, or environmental performance? 

Kindly hosted by Arcadis

December
4
8:00am
4 December 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

London First Retail Group meeting

Invitation only

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

This event is fully subscribed

December
4
8:00am
4 December 2018 8:00am – 10:00am

Homes England Breakfast with Sir Edward Lister and Ric Blakeway

Invitation only

Homes England are leading the Government’s charge to build 300,000 homes across England. They have made fast work of the challenge, agreeing a range of strategic partnerships, getting local authorities onside and striking new deals with landowners. 

Kindly hosted by Pinsent Masons

November

November
23
10:00am
23 November 2018 10:00am – 11:00am

Skills London Opening Ceremony with Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Invitation only

The opening ceremony with the Mayor of London, is being held to celebrate Skills London, a special occasion created for young Londoners, across all boroughs, to inspire them in their future career choices.

Business leaders and stakeholders will also be invited to this opening event, to preview the show as well as meet with some of the young Londoners testing out their skills and finding a career fit. 

November
22
8:00am
22 November 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

Business and Tower Hamlets: Mayor John Biggs, Tower Hamlets

Invitation only

As part of our series of events with prominent borough leaders, please join us for a breakfast meeting with the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, to discuss how the borough plans to attract jobs and growth, and how it would like to work in partnership with the private sector to address the challenges and opportunities within the borough.

November
21
7:45pm
21 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
21
6:00pm
21 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
21
8:00am
21 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
15
7:00pm
15 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
13
8:15am
13 November 2018 8:15am – 9:30am

London First Chairman's breakfast with Paul Drechsler CBE

Invitation only

As the new Chair of London First, I am delighted to invite you to the next in our series of chairman’s breakfasts. These events provide an opportunity to exchange insights in a confidential environment in which we can discuss the latest challenges facing business in the capital and how London First can respond and mobilise. Since taking on the role of Chair a few weeks ago, I’ve been impressed by both the scope and the impact of our work together. 

November
8
6:00pm
8 November 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Is London ready for its first mile high building?

Invitation only

London’s skyline is slowly changing but in terms of London’s needs, it can be argued that it hasn’t changed fast enough. We are a city with a finite amount of land that needs to build 65,000 homes a year, as well as providing industrial space and responding to rapid changes in technology. If London is to remain competitive we need to get building, but if we can’t go out, is it time to go up? Are tall buildings essential for cities to continue to grow?

November
8
8:00am
8 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.

November
1
8:15am
1 November 2018 8:15am – 9:30am

NHS Property Services- an update

Invitation only

We first heard from NHS Property Services soon after they came into existence in 2015 and they updated us with progress in October 2016. WE are bringing them back so they can tell us what they have been up to in the intervening period and how they are running this substantial part of the NHS estate.

October

October
17
8:00am
17 October 2018 8:00am – 9:45am

Breakfast with the Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Housing Secretary

Invitation only

Join us for a breakfast roundtable with the Rt Hon John Healey MP, Shadow Housing Secretary. 

We look forward to hearing more from John about Labour’s recently published housing policy paper, particularly its proposals to increase supply. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss how Labour would seek to address the capital’s housing crisis and to share details of some of the exciting projects London First members are delivering in the capital.

October
11
8:00am
11 October 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

Partner Breakfast Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Invitation only

As part of our series of roundtables with key policymakers, join us for a roundtable with the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party. As Cabinet Minister without Portfolio, Brandon Lewis is responsible for Cabinet Office Brexit preparedness and legislation. We look forward to hearing his remarks on this crucial issue at a pivotal time for its delivery. 

October
9
8:00am
9 October 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

UK ports and Airports: Ready for Brexit?

Invitation only

In May, the Lords EU Committee stated in its 14th report that we do not believe the UK’s ports and airports will be able to cope with the additional workload that new [border] checks will create”. 

October
3
6:00pm
3 October 2018 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Over Station Development

Invitation only

In a crowded city with a need to build 65,000 homes a year, surrounded by green belt, brownfield sites are increasingly sought after. With challenging targets set by the Mayor for new homes across the capital, developers and local authorities are looking at a range of options to meet London’s needs.

October
1
4:30pm
1 October 2018 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Conservative Party Conference: Cities and Growth Reception

Invitation only

At a time when Politicians are focused on Brexit, we are calling on cities and businesses to collaborate to ensure all parts of the British economy are firing on all cylinders.

This reception brings together business and politicians from across the UK’s cities and regions. It forms part of London’s First’s Growing Together programme which is designed to link British cities with business, so that together we can push for the infrastructure investment and devolution we need to drive growth.

September

September
30
7:00pm
30 September 2018 7:00pm – 9:30pm

The London Dinner at Conservative Party Conference

Invitation only

Join us for our annual London Dinner at Conservative party conference in Birmingham, with Paul Scully MP, Conservative Party Vice-Chair for London, as Guest of Honour.

This dinner will bring together London’s business leaders with Conservative policymakers from across Parliament, London’s boroughs and City Hall. This will be an excellent opportunity to discuss the priorities for London business, and strengthen relationships. 

September
27
8:00am
27 September 2018 8:00am – 9:30am

Meet the Borough Housebuilding Company: Redbridge Living

Invitation only

Is London about to see a return to council led housing development? Many boroughs have or are considering setting up council owned housebuilding companies. With a variety of approaches being pursued and challenges to be addressed, will these companies spark a renaissance in local government building or are they a flash in the pan?