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Launch event
Eversheds Sutherland, One Wood Street, London. EC2V 7WS
Thursday 10 May 2018, 18:30 p.m. - 21:00 p.m.

Keeping London competitive and open to the world

Great global cities don’t succeed by accident. Government and business must create and maintain the conditions for their success. Cities are complex machines. They break down if you neglect them. Look at 1970s New York, or Detroit now.

London is no exception. Our capital’s tax and regulatory regime must catalyse the flow of capital and commerce. London’s housing and infrastructure must allow Londoners to live, work, communicate and play with ease. Most importantly, London must remain wide open to global talent. Cities die if they exclude capable cosmopolitan people.

As it leaves the European Union, London must not fall behind. It must fight to keep its place at the top table of global cities and remain at its open and attractive best.

Over the next 12 months, we will be exploring the areas and issues London needs to address in order to uphold its status as a competitive and attractive city for investment and talent.

Matthew Allen

Matthew Allen
London Senior Office Partner

 

Bruce Dear

Bruce Dear
Head of London Real Estate

 

Join us for our launch event on 10 May 2018

Our distinguished panel will discuss the themes in pursuit of a successful, open London.

The evening will be chaired by London Head of Real Estate, Bruce Dear who will be joined by our panellists:

Baroness Jo Valentine
Baroness Valentine is a Crossbench member of the British House of Lords. Baroness Valentine’s career spans the city, industry, campaigning and regeneration. Baroness Valentine ran London First for many years. She joined the organisation in 1997 as Managing Director, becoming Chief Executive in 2003. London First’s mission is to make London the best place in the world in which to do business.

Steve Norris
Steven John Norris is a British Conservative politician. He was the official Conservative candidate for Mayor of London in 2000 and 2004. A former Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, he chaired the transport working group in Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron's Quality of Life Commission. He is currently chairman of Soho Estates and BNP Paribas Real Estate UK. He is a founding partner of Norris McDonough LLP with David McDonough OBE.

Professor Tony Travers
Professor Travers is an eminent academic. He is the director of "LSE London", a research group at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He contributes a regular column to the Local Government Chronicle and has also written for The Guardian, The Evening Standard, The Independent, the Financial Times and The Times. He has published a number of books on cities and government.

Rob Owen
Rob Owen is Chief Executive of St Giles Trust, a multi award winning charity that helps break the cycle of re-offending. Rob jointed St Giles Trust in February 2007, after a career in investment banking. He joined Nomura as a graduate trainee in 1987, joining the Japanese equities desk. He moved to Schroders Japan in 1992 to work in international sales and then progressed to ABN Amro as Director on the emerging markets desk. He left the City to do an MBA to pursue a career change in a place where he could make a social difference. He has led multiple polar and high altitude expeditions (including Mount Everest) raising money for charity, as well as completing the Marathon Des Sables and infamous Devizes to Westminster kayak race. He is a published author on the subject of sports sponsorship.

We will be covering hot topics including:

  • A magnet for talent

    Retaining sufficient free movement of people post-Brexit to sustain competitiveness and keeping an open, welcoming and diverse culture.

  • Housing

    Ensuring London's professionals and workers have good (and well-priced) places to live.

  • Infrastructure and transport

    All great cities need strong infrastructural sinews: world class transport, IT and other networks. Infrastructure shortages are the growing pains of all successful cities. But eventually the pain must stop, and the infrastructure be delivered. How?

  • Fintech and innovation

    London must remain a leading world nursery for tech., Fintech and other innovative start-ups. These will be the businesses of the 22nd century. How can we make sure they locate and stay in London?

  • Skills and inequality

    In London, great wealth and acute disadvantage live side by side. We need to address London's skills and inequality gap by investing in education and apprenticeships, and by partnering with schools in disadvantaged areas. We must make London one city, open to all talent. Not just to international talent, but also to that of its own people – wherever they start in life. How can we make this happen?

Launch event
Eversheds Sutherland, One Wood Street, London. EC2V 7WS
Thursday 10 May 2018, 18:30 p.m. - 21:00 p.m.


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