Housing Zones Network: GLA zones update

The GLA’s Housing Zones programme is supporting the delivery of 75,000 homes across 31 zones by 2025, aiming for 25,000 more than initially promised. Future of London’s Housing Zones Network, backed by the GLA and Potter Raper Partnership, supports public-sector organisations delivering these ambitious initiatives through … [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...]

#DiversityPledgeLDN – Get involved!

    Pledge here to join London's top organisations! Pledge 'e-badge' design competition - .  , 13th Oct 2016 - Please re-post!  Diversity Speakers' Network  from Speaker Showcase. Future of London, supported by the Mayor of London, has launched a pan-London pledge to help development & … [Read more...]

Spotlight: The Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme

In our Spotlight series, we cover innovations in regeneration, community engagement, ways of working and more being undertaken by Future of London members. This Spotlight is focused on the Mayor’s Crowdfunding Programme, an initiative managed through the GLA to provide funding to community projects. Background Established in early 2015, the … [Read more...]

Chrisp Street market key to regeneration in Poplar

Chrisp Street market in Poplar (LB Tower Hamlets) is a long-running food and convenience goods market which is being used to anchor regeneration plans in the wider area. On 24th September, we visited the area as part of our Communities in Transition series, to see how the market is being used to deliver regeneration programmes and hear about how … [Read more...]

Life science sector drives regeneration in Whitechapel

On 28th May, Future of London visited Whitechapel as part of our Communities in Transition field trip series, to hear about the impact of the life sciences sector in the area and broader plans for regeneration and development. Just outside the eastern fringe of the City of London, Whitechapel is a thriving area in its own right. A … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Whitechapel

Our second Communities in Transition field trip of 2015 will be to Whitechapel on 28th May, to see how the healthcare and life sciences sector is driving development in the area. This expanded event will include presentations from project stakeholders, including LB Tower Hamlets, Queen Mary University of London and the GLA. Science and … [Read more...]

London’s Opportunity Areas

Sources: Draft Further Alterations to the London Plan (2014) and individual OAPFs; contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015 The latest version of the London Plan lists 38 Opportunity Areas and 7 Intensification Areas. In total, these cover almost 19,000 ha of land, with the potential to deliver a minimum 302,450 … [Read more...]

Small businesses and regeneration: what role for LAs?

Of the 934,000 businesses in London, the vast majority (98%) employ 1-20 people. Together these small businesses employ around a third of London’s private-sector workforce. As highlighted by Lord Young’s 2013 report on growing micro businesses (pdf), SMEs, and micro enterprises in particular, have an important role to play in the UK's economic … [Read more...]

Seminar: Rethinking SME Workspace

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.8% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London in the coming years. Various forms of shared workspace are steadily expanding in London. These include co-working spaces, incubators, accelerators, shared studios and … [Read more...]