London First has launched a new version of ‘London 2036: An agenda for jobs and growth’.
The business lobbying group says London finds itself in a new political and economic landscape with a change in government, a new mayor and the impact of the vote to leave the EU.
They have updated their report exploring how the capital can retain its position as a global leading city.
John Dickie, Director of Strategy and Policy, says in the report: “There is no single agency we can call upon to deliver against the priorities we have identified: this is a call to action for London as a whole. Some issues should be business led, others require coalitions to make a case to central government, while others are in the hands of London government.
“However, we believe that the Mayor of London, through his forthcoming economic development strategy, is well placed to convene, coordinate and drive this agenda by supporting or building coalitions across government, business and wider society.”
Three key themes emerge from the new report: keeping trade and commerce open, securing access to international talent, attracting more overseas visitors and retaining London’s position as a top tourist hub; building on London’s reputation as a magnet for the tech sector by boosting digital infrastructure and supporting innovative SMEs; and ensuring London has the transport and infrastructure to support growth, that house building meets the population’s needs and that local talent is equipped for the future jobs market.
London First conclude that the thread that ties everything together is London uniting with city-regions across the UK to drive economic prosperity for the country as a whole.