Workspace that Works: best practice in SME workspace provision

Small and micro businesses account for 98% of businesses in London and nearly 50% of all employment. SMEs have capacity to deliver significant jobs and growth in London. In recent years, London has seen an explosion in alternative workspaces catering to small and micro businesses (GLA 2014). The new generation of SME workspace tends to be more … [Read more...]

Housing Zones: Heart of Harrow

As part of our project looking at the progress of London’s Housing Zones, we’ll be posting profiles of some of the zones to show what’s being done to speed up housing deliver in the Capital and showcase some of the diverse approaches being taken in different areas. To find out more about this project or to get involved, email … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network: Expert insight on monster programmes

What does it take to successfully deliver a complex, long-term housing or regeneration programme, and live to tell the tale? To give Housing Zones teams insight into managing some of London’s big multi-year beasts, Future of London is bringing together a senior cross-sector panel on 26th November, as the first session in the Housing Zones Network … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Poplar

  Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Poplar on 24th September, with a focus on Chrisp Street market, the UK’s first pedestrianised shopping centre and a landmark in urban design when it opened in 1951. In line with our 2015 anchor regeneration theme, the visit will explore how local markets can … [Read more...]

Communities in Transition: Croydon

Future of London’s next Communities in Transition field trip will be to Croydon on 16th June, to look at the impact of large-scale retail development on local regeneration plans. Croydon’s town centre is a strategic priority for the council. The Local Plan envisions the town centre supporting significant growth, with up to 7,300 additional … [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...]

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...]

Conference: Delivering Estate Renewal

In the face of reduced grant, escalating land values and increased pressure on assets, estate renewal and redevelopment have become  increasingly important options for meeting housing need across London. However, this kind of regeneration must be economically viable, socially and politically attractive, deliverable and sustainable, or it … [Read more...]

Getting on the map

BBC Two’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway has mesmerised viewers with insights into the huge engineering challenge of building Crossrail. The three-part documentary series follows the technical complexities of constructing Crossrail, from the 140m tunnel-boring machines to treating archaeological finds unearthed along the way. The programme … [Read more...]