Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]

New programme: Smarter Cities

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector. At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem … [Read more...]

Doing Even More with Even Less – Update, Spring 2017

  As commentator Diane Coyle put it in the FT following the Spring Budget, productivity invariably looks higher when more services must be delivered with fewer people and less money, but "improving 'productivity' figures does not mean fiscal austerity has been delivering more for less. That would take a wholesale re-engineering of … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching event, 1 Dec

As part of Future of London’s 2016 Workspace that Works programme, we've been exploring how SME workspace provision can contribute to regeneration and economic development. To bring that to its practical conclusion, we're pleased to announce a 1st December matching event that will give landlords (councils, developers and property owners) an … [Read more...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works… workshop

On 13th June, Future of London will host a workshop as part of our Workspace that Works programme, exploring the links between SME workspace provision and regeneration. This workshop will give public sector planning, regeneration and economic development professionals a better understanding of what workspace operators need and how to support … [Read more...]

Future of London welcomes new BIDs

On Thursday, 5th May, Future of London and research partners Rocket Science held an event to showcase three new central London BIDs and consider the impact they might have on their areas. Following the launch of The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts in March, Future of London director Lisa Taylor and report authors Jo Wilson … [Read more...]

The Evolution of London BIDs – report launch

The Evolution of London's Business Improvement Districts, Future of London’s new report, delivered in partnership with Rocket Science, was launched on 10th March at the Shard. Commissioned by the GLA and London Enterprise Panel to assess the impact and potential of London BIDs in a fast-changing municipal environment, the report builds on existing … [Read more...]

The Evolution of London’s Business Improvement Districts

  Future of London and partners Rocket Science have been researching London’s Business Improvement Districts for the GLA and LEP. The resulting report is launched today: the executive summary is below, and you can download the full report from our Publications page. The report launch will take place at the Shard, where Future of … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: best practice in SME workspace provision

Small and micro businesses account for 98% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London. In recent years, London has seen an explosion in alternative workspaces catering to small and micro businesses (GLA 2014). The new generation of SME workspace tends to be more … [Read more...]