Boris wants to hear from small businesses

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is calling on Londons smaller businesses to give their views on beating the economic downturn, at a special event on 24 May. The Mayor will be hosting a free lively discussion for the capital’s business community, with a panel of experts including the first ever Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell and Sky Business Correspondent Dharshini David, who will chair the evening.

The latest unemployment figures (published 12th May) showed that in response to the recession the number of Londoners now claiming Jobseekers Allowance has risen to 222,626 in 2010 from 129,983 in 2008. But its not all bad news and the capitals labour market has shown greater resilience compared to previous recessions and over the last two months unemployment has fallen in London. 

The Mayor has already launched a number of measures aimed at helping London businesses including his Economic Recovery Action Plan (ERAP). His latest measures focus on tackling unemployment head on.  

Boris Johnson said: “London’s smaller businesses are without doubt the backbone of the capital’s economy. These firms operate in every sphere and are masters of innovation, employing many Londoners and generating large amounts of cash for the capital.  It is vital we do all we can to help them through the recession. This event is a golden opportunity for Londons business community and residents alike to tell me how City Hall can work harder to help keep the innovators innovating.”

The Mayor will be joined on the expert panel by Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tim Campbell, Founder and CEO, Bright Ideas Trust and winner of series one of BBCs The Apprentice, Sue Terpilowski, London Policy Unit at the Federation of Small Business and Anthony Browne, Mayors Policy Director for Economic Development. The event will be chaired by Dharshini David, Sky Business Correspondent.

It takes place on Monday 24th May 2010 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre near Blackfriars station.

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