Workspace matching event, 5 Oct

Future of London's 2016 Workspace that Works programme showed that SME workspace is vital to bringing life to London's communities, generating innovation, sustaining local economies, and supporting skills development. Co-working space is now one of London’s most active property sectors, and finding the right partner – for the space, tenure, … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Business rates and regeneration

London generates around 30% of national business rates income, despite being home to only 16% of the country’s businesses.[ref]London Councils, Self-sufficient local government: 100% Business Rates Retention[/ref] The tax – paid by businesses, based on the value of the property they occupy – has traditionally been collected by local government … [Read more...]

New programme: Smarter Cities

Smart Cities are a hot topic, seemingly offering huge scope for innovation to help solve intractable urban problems. But the concept can be hard to pin down, let alone integrate into the complex work already carried out by London’s local authorities and built environment sector. At the moment, getting started with Smart Cities projects can seem … [Read more...]

Doing Even More with Even Less – Update, Spring 2017

  As commentator Diane Coyle put it in the FT following the Spring Budget, productivity invariably looks higher when more services must be delivered with fewer people and less money, but "improving 'productivity' figures does not mean fiscal austerity has been delivering more for less. That would take a wholesale re-engineering of … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: report launch

Small and micro businesses (SMEs) with fewer than 50 employees make up 99% of all businesses and 41% of employment in London, but workspace here is under threat from office-to-residential conversion and a historically rapid loss of industrial land. Future of London’s Workspace that Works report – based on a year-long programme of research and … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching Event

Throughout 2016, our Workspace that Works programme introduced Future of London and our network to many workspace operators, local authorities and other property owners working to deliver crucial employment space while contributing to regeneration throughout the city. With support from Potter Raper Partnership, FoL tied the programme … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: research forum

Throughout 2016, Future of London's Workspace that Works programme has been complemented by other organisations in London carrying out their own workspace research. Our Workspace Research Forum on 9 November, hosted by London Councils, brought together some of this research with Pecha Kucha-style presentations from cross-sector professionals. … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Matching event, 1 Dec

As part of Future of London’s 2016 Workspace that Works programme, we've been exploring how SME workspace provision can contribute to regeneration and economic development. To bring that to its practical conclusion, we're pleased to announce a 1st December matching event that will give landlords (councils, developers and property owners) an … [Read more...]

Brexit update: Resilience, lobbying key

Future of London’s second cross-sector Brexit briefing was understandably more sobering than our first, on 15th July. As keynote Tony Travers said both times, early impacts were not as dire as expected – in part because, as Bilfinger GVA’s Gerry Hughes noted, Brexit is not a debt-led crisis like 2008, and because, as both Travers and … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: City of London

Of the City of London’s 10,000 small businesses, nearly one quarter – employing 80,000 workers – are located in flexible workspaces. Demand for workspace in the City is increasing as working styles at both corporate and SME levels are changing. On 30 August, Future of London led a field trip to City of London workspaces as part of our Workspace … [Read more...]