Business Agenda 2020

Our ongoing Towards a Greater London: Business Agenda 2020 campaign seeks to ensure that the Mayor of London and London Assembly understand the needs of London’s businesses, and the competitive challenges they face, in the years towards 2020 and beyond.


The London population is forecast to reach nine million by 2020, and 10 million by 2030, making it a ‘megacity’. This will present new challenges and opportunities and at LCCI our aim is to ensure London remains a great place to start, run, and grow a business.

Towards a Greater London sets out 20 steps, focussed on five core policy areas, that policy-makers in London and at a national level can take to ensure our capital is an even better place for business. These are:

Fix the Housing Crisis

1. Review the status of poor quality land within the greenbelt, work with local authorities to reclassify derelict commercial space for mixed residential use and support increased housing density around local transport hubs

2. Target smaller sites identified by the London Land Commission, cut planning red-tape and establish a Small Developers Panel

3. Work with local authorities to ensure sufficient numbers of homes to rent are included within new developments

4. Become 'Owner - Landlord' of housing stock for 'blue light' essential workers such as Police, Firefighters and Paramedics

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Close the Skills Gap

5. Secure primary commissioning control over the Skills Funding Agency's budget in London to enable the provision of demand-led training

6. Explore the potential for a dedicated ‘Capital Work Permits system’ to provide controlled access for future migrant workers and meet London employers’ need for skilled labour and maintain a separate ‘Shortage Occupation List for London’ (as Scotland has)

7. Optimise the London Ambitions Careers Offer to equip every young person with quality and unbiased careers advice from School Year 7

8. Encourage local authorities to share skills by developing more flexible definitions of 'local labour' when setting S106 requirements and enable apprentices to move across borough boundaries

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Boost Digital Capability

9. Establish a new business panel focused on raising awareness of the benefits of developing an online presence among offline sole traders and small businesses

10. Raise the profile of the London Digital Security Centre and ensure that SMEs engage with the service once they are online

11. Encourage commercial property developers and office landlords to fit high-speed connections into their building plans

12. Secure permanent exemption beyond 2019 for Tech City and the Central Activities Zone from permitted development rights to protect vital work space

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Keep Transport Moving

13. Drive forward network enhancements including Night Tube commencement, Bakerloo Line extension and move Crossrail 2 to 'next stage'

14. Boost airport capacity by seeking best use of existing infrastructure through airfield, terminals and rail-link enhancements in the London airports system

15. Examine the cost of commuter transport and explore use of smart ticketing to incentivise travel outside peak hour periods

16. Work with business to deliver an effective future road freight strategy and review the commercial impacts of the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone

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Secure More Power to Grow

London will need greater powers to accommodate forecasted population growth. Retaining more London generated taxes and securing new competencies are key.

To secure more power to grow the new Mayor of London should:

17. Drive forward implementation of the recommendations of the London Finance Commission to deliver greater financial devolution to the capital 

18. Engage with London Boroughs to explore how clusters of combined authorities could drive greater economic cooperation

19. Seek greater control for the capital to set all aspects of housing policy

20. Convene a 'Metro Mayors Panel' to explore how to encourage and embed local government collaborative best practice on devolution

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