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...]

Growing up, out and in-between

How London grows is critical to the city’s future: its competitiveness, resilience, quality of life, and equity rest on how it unfolds. The Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Investment Plan is grounded in this, considering the systems needed to underpin growth, how they could be delivered, and – importantly – how they could be funded. What form the … [Read more...]

A healthier food system for London

Feeding a city the size of London sustainably is rife with challenges. From the rise of food poverty and food bank usage in the city, the impact of processed and fast food consumption, and issues around food security and provenance, it is evident that London’s public health relies heavily on its food system. This is understood across all levels; … [Read more...]

Event: London 2050 – Grow up or grow out?

With the Infrastructure Investment Plan heading toward final draft, Future of London offers a brief pause to consider the practical aspects of London’s rapid growth. Do we densify? If so, where, what might that look like, and how do we do it in a useful timespan? Do we make a decisive push through the Green Belt and GLA borders – we do it with … [Read more...]

Embedding health in London boroughs

In April 2013, public health was transferred to local authorities under the Health and Social Care Act, 2012. Until then, public health in England and Wales was managed by the NHS, which had taken over responsibility for measures previously administered by local authorities in 1974. The government saw local authorities as better placed to … [Read more...]

Crossrail, collaboration – and choreography?

Recent headlines have reflected Crossrail’s wide reach: news that nearly half of firms developing around the Crossrail line cited the scheme as justification for construction in their planning applications; the Mayor of London’s awarding of the ‘mini-Holland’ winners; an announcement from London Councils that surface stations will now undergo … [Read more...]

New anthology – London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution

In Spring 2013, Future of London began looking at transport planning in London, and at how it can adapt to changes in demographics and urban form, and influence sustainable travel choices. In partnership with Transport for London, we ran a three-part seminar series – ‘London’s Transport Network: Adaptation and evolution’ – that examined adapting to … [Read more...]

Gearing up for Infrastructure Investment: Stakeholders target needs

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced London’s first long-term Infrastructure Investment Plan at his Vision 2020 launch in June, and the GLA has been busy scoping the project since. On December 16th, Future of London joined the first IIP stakeholder day at City Hall, to explore options for meeting London’s growing infrastructure needs. Central … [Read more...]

Working with BIDs

The 2003 Local Government Act introduced Business Improvement Districts to the UK, adopting a well-established practice from North America, where they have been used since the 1960s. BIDs have flourished in the UK, with over 200 nationwide – 36 of which are based in the Capital. BIDs come in all shapes and sizes, from multi-million pound West … [Read more...]