London 2026 — the capital’s place in the UK economy

This report takes an optimistic look ahead at London’s future; if we get the industrial policies right we can continue to create high skilled jobs at the rate we were before Brexit. It explores what that future will look like in order to better prepare for it, playing into the government’s industrial strategy.

The Importance of Air Freight to UK Exports

Exploring the impact of delaying the runway capacity decision on UK international trade growth.

London’s 24-hour Economy

This report explores new analysis for London First in association with EY showing the dramatic transformation occurring as London works later, longer and smarter.
 

Homes for Londoners- a blueprint for the Mayor

The Mayor’s Homes for Londoner’s initiative can enable the GLA to shift from setting policies and distributing limited government money, into an organisation that pushes, and where necessary intervenes, to drive the delivery of more homes. This report sets out a blueprint for what HfL should concentrate on, from the perspective of London business.

A chief digital officer for London

London First and Centre for London, working closely with Bloomberg Associates, and in consultation with a wide range of business interests have produced this report to look in more detail at how the role of Chief Digital Officer might support growth in London.

The Offsite Rule- delivering more affordable housing in London

This report explores the challenge of increasing the consistency and transparency of the planning
process in relation to affordable housing, to help build more homes. 

Redefining Density — building more and better homes for London

One of a series of reports looking in greater depth at the set of recommendations made in London First’s report, Home Truths. Redefining Density focuses on making better use of London’s land, with policies that enable more homes to be built in a given area to accommodate the city’s rising population.

Carrots and Sticks — a targets and incentives approach to building more homes

This report follows on from our Home Truths report. It focuses on the practicalities of taking forward a central recommendation – how to introduce an effective system of targets and incentives” to support more housebuilding.

London Calling- the contribution of international students to UK growth

By quantifying the impact of international students, we hope that this report will help politicians and policymakers maximise the contribution that universities and their students make to both London’s and the UK’s economic success.

From Wasted Space to Living Place

This paper focuses on the last recommendation set out our Home Truths report: how to make better use of surplus public land to get more homes built. Government should empower the Mayor to identify publicly owned sites in London that are surplus to the public sector’s operational needs; and the Mayor should act as the disposing agent for these sites.

London’s Infrastructure — investing for growth

London’s projected growth to a city of 10 million people by the early 2030s is testimony to the capital’s continued attractiveness. Yet
as it grows, the infrastructure that enables the city to function comes under greater strain. London urgently needs a comprehensive long term infrastructure plan,
with priorities and funding developed and agreed with input from government, business and the wider population.

Jams Today, Jams Tomorrow

The introduction of a Congestion Zone in 2003 offered a brief respite for the very centre of the city. This report calls on the Mayor to champion more effective management of demand — and that will mean moving to a more sophisticated system of congestion charging in the capital.

The Green Belt- a place for Londoners?

Land in the Green Belt covers a range of uses and is of variable quality from beautiful parks to derelict buildings on wasteland. This report proposes that local planning authorities should be encouraged to review their Green Belt and consider how the land within it that is of poor environmental quality, of little or no public benefit and has good connectivity could be re-designated for high quality, well-designed residential development that incorporates truly accessible public green space.

Home Truths- 12 steps to solving London’s housing crisis

This report is the work of a group of London First members from across the housing supply chain, working to identify the reasons why London is building too few homes and produce solutions to resolve the issue.

Benchmarking the effectiveness of London’s promotional system

By seeking to understand lessons learned from other cities’ promotional activities, this report aims to help inform policy makers maximise the contribution of tourism, foreign investment and trade to both London’s and the UK’s economies. 

London FinTech and the EU

Pre-referendum, we spoke to some of the UK’s top FinTech companies to better understand the effect of the UK leaving the EU on the capital’s FinTech sector. The report has been supported by KPMG.

Moving Out

This report outlines the findings of four YouGov surveys commissioned by Turner & Townsend and London First on the subject of housing to understand each group’s views about housing, the affects that housing has on each group, and the challenges that London faces in relation to housing.