Seminar: Rethinking SME Workspace

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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.8% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London in the coming years. Various forms of shared workspace are steadily expanding in London. These include co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, shared studios and … [Read more...]

Improving standards in London’s PRS

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As part of Future of London's research programme on how the public sector can engage private landlords in energy efficiency, this post considers the spatial shifts in London’s private rented sector (PRS), and the effect of its rapid growth on housing standards. The private rented sector in London has increased significantly during the last 10-15 … [Read more...]

Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency – report launch

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Future of London is launching a new report, the culmination of our research project ‘Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency’. Sponsored by EDF Energy, this project has been looking at the main challenges to engaging London’s PRS landlords in this agenda, and at ways in which boroughs can improve private rented housing standards in their … [Read more...]

New paper: Working Beyond Boundaries

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Consultation on the Mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050 closes today, October 31st. To support this critical effort and help round out responses to the plan, Future of London has issued its first ‘London 2050’ briefing paper, on what must be done to smooth the capital’s inevitable expansion beyond Greater London Authority boundaries. In June … [Read more...]

Invisible landlords and criminal operators – regulating a diverse sector

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We held the second seminar for our EDF Energy-sponsored research programme, Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency, on 23rd October, hosted by Pinsent Masons. Participants included housing, energy and enforcement officers from various London boroughs, related third sector organisations and a representative from the Residential Landlords … [Read more...]

Pathways to better pay

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Low pay affects around 20% of people working in London, a figure that has stayed fairly constant over the last 20 years. As income distribution becomes increasingly polarised, low-paid work has gained greater importance from a policy perspective: not only are those living in poverty now more likely to be working than unemployed, but the guidelines … [Read more...]

Connecting communities in Colindale

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On 8th October, Future of London visited Colindale in LB Barnet for the latest in our Communities in Transition series. Colindale is located at the western edge of Barnet, on the border with Brent, and is part of the Burnt Oak/Colindale Opportunity Area. An Area Action Plan drawn up in 2010 set a target of 10,000 new homes in the area by 2025, a … [Read more...]

Drawing – and seeing – the city

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This autumn, we introduced a new introductory session to both our Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus career development programmes: a guided drawing exercise, led by artist and instructor Ilga Leimanis. Using drawing as a medium, the exercise was focused on the process rather than the output. How can drawing be used to communicate the urban … [Read more...]

2014-15 Leaders programmes kick off

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This autumn, we’ve welcomed 31 candidates on to our Leaders career development programmes: 16 new Future London Leaders, and 15 new practitioners for Leaders Plus. Future London Leaders Round 8 launched on 25th September at the Building Centre to an audience of candidates, mentors and programme supporters. After the launch was kicked off by … [Read more...]

Marketing energy efficiency to private landlords – the hard sell

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We held the first of two seminars in our EDF Energy-sponsored research programme, Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency, on 2nd October, hosted by Pinsent Masons. Participants included London boroughs, related third sector organisations and a representative from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The aims of the morning were to … [Read more...]