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...]

Workspace that Works: Deptford

Compared to other boroughs, LB Lewisham has high proportions of students, creative micro-businesses (75% home-based) and residents with qualifications. The council wants to support new workspaces throughout the borough that cater for flexibility and collaboration, which could encourage Lewisham’s highly skilled residents to create economic … [Read more...]

Workspace that Works: Brixton

Brixton, in the London Borough of Lambeth, is a popular south London retail and leisure destination, with a thriving high street attracting 70m people a year. The area has excellent transport links but has poor accessibility in places and lacks office space. As with elsewhere in London, existing workspace is under threat from rising rents and … [Read more...]

London workspace workshop

With employment land under increasing pressure from housing, and with the coming devolution of business rates opening opportunities for revenue generation, workspace provision is an increasingly hot topic for local authorities. On 13th June, Future of London brought together public-sector practitioners involved in workspace provision to share best … [Read more...]