Business leaders urge Government to back Airports Commission recommendation to expand Heathrow and call for early Parliamentary vote
Responding to new polling data showing MPs’ opinions on airport expansion, London First calls for
Business leaders urge Government to back Airports Commission recommendation to expand Heathrow and call for early Parliamentary vote
On Sir Howards’ recommendation that Heathrow should be expanded
Let Britain Fly backs Airports Commission recommendation to build a new runway at Heathrow and urges Government to hit the ground running and deliver early decision.
Pro airport expansion group Let Britain Fly responds to the latest media reports that the decision to build a new runway faces fresh delays.
Poll reveals strong public support for additional London runway
One hundred business leaders step-up pressure on Ministers to make a bold and early decision to build a new runway
New report shows the regions and nations will be boosted by a new runway in the South East if some additional slots are used to increase domestic flights
Responding to the Conservative Party's publication of its general election manifesto today, John Dickie, Director of Director of Strategy and Policy at London First, said:
Business membership organisation London First has responded to the manifesto released by the Labour Party today.
London First has responded to the Government’s consultation on improving UK mobile phone coverage, with John Dickie, Director of Policy & Strategy, calling on leaders to prioritise long-delayed reforms to the Electronic Communications Code.
As Air Passenger Duty (APD) reaches its 20th anniversary, and responding to the research from the campaign A Fair Tax on Flying showing the tax for long-haul travellers has risen at 20 times the rate of inflation, London First Infrastructure Director David Leam said:
Responding to the Mayor’s announcement of a preferred route for Crossrail 2, London First Infrastructure Director David Leam said:
From a community developed Hindu Temple to a plan to regenerate London’s disused tunnels into pedestrian and cycle links, the developments vying for London’s top planning awards have been unveiled today.
London First has made its initial response to a housing report published by former BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons and commissioned by Labour Party leader Ed Miliband.
The Mayor of London’s consultation on his trillion pound London Infrastructure Plan 2050 closed this week.
Workers could quit London in their droves in the future as many struggle to pay rocketing housing costs, according to new research commissioned by global construction consultancy Turner & Townsend and London First.
London First has welcomed the announcement that 24-hour ‘Night Tube’ services at weekends will begin operation from 12 September 2015, transforming night time journeys across London for millions of people.
A new report from London First has found that there is a strong case for a reform of the domestic property tax system.
The appointment of Lord Hill as the EU's Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union commissioner is good news, particularly for the UK's financial sector.
Responding to TfL's consultation on new cycling superhighways, London First Infrastructure Director David Leam said:
As the ONS releases new migration statistics this morning, Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, responded saying that the net migration target must be “put out of its misery”.
As the GLA launches its trillion pound London Infrastructure Plan, please find comments below from John Dickie, Director of Strategy at business organisation London First.
ONS figures show a record annual house price increase of 20% in London.
The black cab protest over the Uber app, which is going to take place right next to our office at Trafalgar Square, will begin at 2pm today.
TfL/Network Rail today launch a second consultation on Crossrail 2 which will look at variations to the proposed route.
Commenting on the news that UK immigration has remained at 212,000, double the government's target of under 100,000, Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, accused the government of hypocrisy over its arbitrary immigration target:
Report finds UK cannot hope to cherry pick from an ‘a la carte’ Europe, noting the Single Market and immigration has provided a wealth of opportunity for the capital
In the context of David Cameron's comments on the Andrew Marr Show promising tougher strikes laws, London First asked YouGov to poll Londoners on the recent Tube strikes.
Commenting on the upcoming Tube strikes, Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive at London First, said:
A letter from Baroness Jo Valentineto the Financial Times highlighting the impact of political indecision around the UK's airport capacity.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of business group London First, said closing City Airport would hit business travellers hard.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has called for university students to be removed immediately from the net migration target.
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of business group London First, said Ed Miliband's promise to devolve more powers to cities amounted to baby steps.
Today, Sir David Higgins, Chair of HS2 Ltd, has made a series of recommendations to Government on how HS2 can be better and delivered quicker in his report 'HS2 Plus'.
In response to news that the E-borders scheme has been “terminated” in its current form, Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, said now E-Borders had been dropped, a workable alternative was crucial.
London First welcomes and wholly endorses the principles behind the Mayoral Concordat being announced today.
Ahead of next week's 2014 Budget (19th March), London First has written to the Chancellor to set out the priorities of London's leading businesses.
In response to the news that the number of long-term migrants coming to the UK rose to 212,000 in the year to September 2013 Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First, said this is 'game over' for the government's arbitrary immigration target.
In the fortnight that saw Boris Johnson congratulate planners and developers for building new homes to house the Olympic baby boomers, London First has told the Mayor that, although revised, his house building target of 42,000 homes still falls short of what is needed to house the city's growing population.
Mark Hilton, Head of Immigration Policy at London First comments on new figures showing that record numbers of Chinese students are moving to London to study fashion, design, music and film, according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
New line could avert 'intolerable pressure' on Londoners as city population hits 10m, study finds.
Following David Cameron's refusal to rule out cutting the top rate of income tax to 40% at PMQs, Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of business group London First said:
France has certainly thrown down a gauntlet by unveiling a fast-track 48-hour visa processing system for Chinese tourists, in direct challenge to London and the capital's bid to attract high spending tourists (as reported in yesterday's Evening Standard).
In response to Vince Cable's comments this morning reported by the BBC, Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First said:
In response to TFL's announcement about increasing the congestion charge to bring it more in line with inflation, David Leam, Head of Infrastructure at business group London First, said:
Overall response to the report:
- 79% say better surface transport is needed for London to be more competitive;
- 74% argue Crossrail 2 would be the most beneficial major new transport project;
- 71% believe London's cost of living is a barrier to hiring a suitable workforce;
- 83% say their business would do better if Britain remains in the EU;
- 83% back airport expansion;
- 86% of businesses are committed to remaining in London
Last month, London First published 'More Flights, Less Noise', a report calling for the appointment of a noise pollution tsar that would protect people living under flight paths.
Ahead of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on Wednesday, London First has published “Consistency and Competitiveness: Essential steps towards a UK tax regime that supports economic growth”, a short paper that considers a number of aspects of the UK tax regime specifically in terms of their impact on the London economy.
What is the real cost to business of complying with regulation and what impact does it have on companies' ability to innovate and grow?
Commenting on today's announcement by Ofgem, David Leam, London First's Executive Director, Policy, said:
It's good news for London today as new research from Deloitte has found that the capital has more people employed in high skilled sectors than anywhere else in the world.
An initiative to address short-term homelessness in London has been nominated for Best Conceptual Project at the annual London Planning Awards, taking place on 4 February 2014, at City Hall. Pop-up HAWSE was developed in Hackney to provide temporary homes for people who find themselves at the bottom of housing waiting lists.
London First and the FSB have co-commissioned research to show how London fared as a location for small businesses compared with other major cities. The report creates a small business burden's index which can be repeated in future years to provide trend data on London's (and other cities') performance.
The announcement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on his visit to China, of improvements to the visa application process that should make it easier for Chinese tourists to apply for UK visas alongside those for the 26 “Schengen” countries is very satisfying news after more than a year of campaigning by London First and its partners in the UK-China Visa Alliance (of which London First is the principal funder).
Property Week have covered our inward investment housing document in the analysis section of the magazine. The page can be found here, published on 27th September 2013, and also online here.
Allowing Chinese tourists to apply for both UK and Schengen visas at the same time, as reported in the Telegraph, is a welcome step in the right direction and appears to show an increased commitment from the Home Office to supporting the Government's growth agenda.
Questions have been raised about the number of newly built London homes that are sold to overseas purchasers when London has a housing shortage. London certainly is building too few homes, but this would only be exacerbated by restricting inward investment which finances the supply of market housing, funds the provision of social housing and supports jobs and growth in London.
New poll reveals public support for increasing flights from London's airports
Commenting on rule changes announced today by the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper, Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, said:
According to survey results published by Hotels.com, Chinese tourists are increasingly willing to travel independently rather than as part of a tour group and remain the highest spenders whilst abroad.
Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs continues to be an economic success story for London and a driver for growth in the UK. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics shows that employment in the district has quadrupled over the last ten years and is likely to double over the next two decades. If it were its own town, it would be in the top 20 largest concentrations of employment in the country. Canary Wharf Group announced last year that they are planning to build another 5m sq ft of office development at the Wood Wharf site at the south of the peninsula.
New research by Inside Housing magazine has found that central London workers need to earn almost £100,000 to be able to rent homes defined as "affordable" (that is, up to 80% of market rate) by the Government, and still enjoy a reasonable lifestyle.
On Wednesday 7 August, the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, published the details of some of the proposals for solutions to the UK's air capacity crisis that it received during a consultation earlier this year, and is inviting comment on this selection of the “wide spectrum of views”.
One year on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the sustainability benefits of the event are still being felt.
In a new opinion piece, London First Chief Executive, Jo Valentine sets out why we must welcome migrants to the UK if we want to see economic recovery in the UK
New figures published today by Crossrail reveals the stimulus a large infrastructure project in London has on jobs across the UK.
London must re-kindle the Olympic spirit and a sense of urgency to deliver a lasting economic legacy from the 2012 Games, the organisation representing the capital's leading businesses has warned.
Responding to the Department for Transport's latest train crowding statistics, Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First said:
Today, London First – alongside Deloitte, EMC and Intel – has published London Enabling a World Leading Digital Hub, a new report that finds that the London technology, media and telecoms (TMT) sector generates an overall economic contribution of £125bn a year to London and the rest of the UK, accounting for 8% of UK GDP.