Small businesses and regeneration: what role for LAs?

Of the 934,000 businesses in London, the vast majority (98%) employ 1-20 people. Together these small businesses employ around a third of London’s private-sector workforce. As highlighted by Lord Young’s 2013 report on growing micro businesses (pdf), SMEs, and micro enterprises in particular, have an important role to play in the UK's economic … [Read more...]

Seminar: Rethinking SME Workspace

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...]

Lessons and questions from London’s Poverty Profile

Last week, Trust for London and the New Policy Institute [NPI] released the fourth edition of London’s Poverty Profile. This independent report draws on official government data to paint a picture of poverty and inequality across the Capital. By compiling statistics from across a range of government agencies, the report succinctly takes a … [Read more...]

The changing nature of workspace: Clerkenwell calling…

One of the benefits of Future of London now operating from Farringdon is being surrounded by innovative architecture and design practices, both in our own building on Cowcross Street, and in the neighbouring workshops and studios of Clerkenwell. Before his internship with us ended in late May, Carl McConnell took advantage of that proximity and … [Read more...]

LandAid Debate 2013 on London’s competitiveness

Last night, I attended the property industry's charity LandAid's annual debate in London's City Hall, which was called: "Competitive Cities: can London stay ahead of the game?". The five key speakers for the evening included: Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of London for Policy and Planning; the academic Prof Ricky Burdett of … [Read more...]

Boost for the ‘burbs from Boris

The Mayor of London announced yesterday that £50m is being made available to to regenerate  town centres in outer London.  This will be welcome news for the outer boroughs that Boris has been accused of neglecting in favour of high profile projects - the Olympics and Crossrail in particular.  One of the main planks of Boris's pledge was to support … [Read more...]

Cities Outlook – the London picture

The Centre for Cities launched its annual Cities Outlook on 24 January in the scenic setting of London’s Living Room at City Hall. Here we take a look at what the report says about London. Contrary to early predictions that this recession would be a ‘white collar’ one (where cities with high concentrations of white collar workers would be the … [Read more...]

Digital economy seminar

Today I had the opportunity to hear some lively debate around the subject of the digital economy driving regeneration in the Thames Gateway hosted by Thames Gateway London Partnership (TGLP).  Illustrious names such as Will Hutton and Chairs Lord Falconer, and Chief Executive of TGLP, Ros Dunn, led an informative debate focusing on London and east … [Read more...]

One in five Olympics jobs taken by local residents

Interesting report from the BBC on the number of local people employed in the construction of the Olympic Park. Whether you think one in five is a respectable figure or not, finding ways of retaining and maximising the economic benefits of the Olympic developments is of critical importance for local and national policymakers, so we can expect … [Read more...]