Breakfast Bites with host Lewis Silkin

This autumn, Future of London is partnering with law firm Lewis Silkin to host a series of breakfast seminars. These ‘Breakfast Bites’ will focus on hot topics facing built environment practitioners.

Each event will include a light breakfast, followed by a panel of speakers and Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for networking over coffee afterwards.

All events will take place at the offices of Lewis Silkin, located at 5 Chancery Lane, Clifford’s Inn Passage, London, EC4A 1BL:

These seminars are free to attend, but registration is required. To register your interest, please email and specify which event(s) you are interested in attending. If you have secured a spot, you will receive a confirmation email.

Planning for School Places

October 2, 2013
Arrivals and breakfast from 8.00am, for the 8.30am-10.00am event

London is facing an acute shortage of school places, thanks to combination of high population growth and above average birth rates. Building the schools to provide these places requires effective partnerships to secure finance, land and construction. Local authorities must work with Academies and Free Schools, which operate outside local authority control but nevertheless impact significantly on the statutory obligation to provide every child with a school place.

The seminar will bring together practitioners from the public and private sectors who have experience of working under the various school-building programmes which have been used over the last decade. The speakers will discuss how they have succeeded in building successful partnerships to meet demand and how they will meet increased demand in the future.

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

  • Ty Goddard, Co-founder of the Education Foundation
  • David Brockie, Senior Education Advisor, LB Hounslow
  • Dr Sharon Wright, Education Adviser, BAM
  • Steve Loughe, Director of Architecture, BAM Design

Forecasting Infrastructure Funding

October 24, 2013
Arrivals and breakfast from 8.00am, for the 8.30am-10.00am event

Raising money for the construction of necessary infrastructure for the Capital – particularly in light of soaring population projections – demands that the public sector explore new financing models in the face of public austerity. As the Mayor of London prepares an infrastructure plan for London (expected Spring 2014), what funding mechanisms should we be looking at? Which are likely to endure?

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

  • Judith Damerell, Partner and Head of Planning, Lewis Silkin
  • Pat Hayes, Executive Director of Regeneration and Housing, LB Ealing
  • Tom Burton-Page, Principal, Commercial Finance, Transport for London

Working with BIDs

November 12, 2013
Arrivals and breakfast from 8.00am, for the 8.30am-10.00am event

Year-on-year, the number of Business Improvement Districts in London continues to climb, delivering innovative business support and regeneration programmes for their communities. Boroughs have taken various positions on BIDs, from the City of Westminster – home to a London high of six BIDs – to the nearly half of LBs without a BID. Business Improvement Districts have been highlighted by the Mayor of London and the GLA as a tool for local economic growth and, at a time of public austerity, can be a valuable funding source for improvements to the trading environment.

With growing numbers every year, and with their political support, BIDs are increasingly an institution that London’s local governments should be exploring. This session will explore BIDs as an economic-development tool, share information on public-sector resources and BID programmes, and open discussion on how BIDs and LBs work together in practice.

Confirmed speakers at the event include:

  • Maria Diaz-Palomares, Policy Implementation Manager, Greater London Authority
  • Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive, Camden Town Unlimited
  • Bev Stratton, Town Centres & BIDs Manager, LB Redbridge
  • Ted Inman, Chief Executive, South Bank Employers’ Group

Thanks to host Lewis Silkin for supporting these events.

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