CBI London 2017 Events Overview
Eddie Curzon, London Regional Director at the CBI, reflects on the highlights of a busy 2017.
The second half of 2017 saw an active events programme for the CBI in London.
We began with the London Business Survey report launch on 20th September, which saw a panel of speakers including the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, discuss the findings of the survey. Uncertainty over the UK’s role in Europe was a key topic of concern for many London businesses, while many were interested in addressing skills shortages, helping the tech sector grow and ensuring strategic infrastructure projects make progress. You can read the full survey and we wish to thank the CBRE for sponsoring the survey and hosting the launch event.
In October, we were delighted to be joined by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, for the London Autumn Lunch at Quaglino’s Restaurant. The CBI’s Director-General, Carolyn Fairbairn, started proceedings highlighting the importance of ensuring London remains a great place to live, work and visit. The Mayor of London then gave a keynote address, stressing the importance of barrier-free trade with the EU and continued access to talent from across the world for London businesses. We are grateful to Vodafone for sponsoring and joining us for this lunch.
Towards the end of the year, we ran two London policy events. The first was a skills panel debate on 1st November, which looked at how businesses can develop their current workforces’ skills to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Anthony Impey, CEO of Optimity and a member of the Mayor of London’s ‘Skills for Londoners’ taskforce, gave an update on the Mayor of London’s priorities in this area, before speakers from ManpowerGroup and Middlesex University shared practical insights in to training schemes and collaborations they have undertaken recently.
The second event was an infrastructure panel debate on 22nd November, which was kindly sponsored by Atkins. The Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills, Jules Pipe CBE, was joined by a panel including representatives from Atkins and the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, while Russell Lynch, Deputy City Editor for the Evening Standard, chaired the event. The discussion focused on the question ‘how can London’s businesses capitalise on infrastructure projects to deliver growth & regeneration?’, and covered which projects should be prioritised in London, problems with planning and the importance of joined up delivery.
Additionally, the CBI ran ‘insight’ briefings and roundtables over the past couple of months, which saw our policy teams update members on the latest developments regarding the Brexit negotiations, what the Chancellor’s Autumn budget means for business, and the Government’s strategy for innovation.
As we look ahead to 2018 and plan our events programme for next year, if there are any topics you would like to see us cover, or if you are interested in partnering with us on an event, please do get in touch. Further details of our 2018 event calendar will be available soon.
In the meantime, we would like to thank all of our members for their support this year, and we do hope you have a lovely Christmas and happy new year!