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Developing the London Local Industrial Strategy and key priorities for the recovery from COVID-19 - inclusive growth, innovation and wellbeing

Morning, Tuesday, 8th December 2020

Online Conference


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on the latest thinking feeding into the GLA’s development of the London Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) - as well as the priorities for the capital’s recovery from the COVID-19 epidemic.

It follows the recent announcement of the creation of a London Transition Board, which will be co-chaired by the Communities Secretary and the Mayor of London to co-ordinate the process of London coming out of lockdown and the re-opening of the economy.

The seminar will be an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to assess:

  • the work of the London Recovery Board recently announced by the Mayor to oversee the capital’s longer term economic and social recovery, and develop a strategy and plan for the recovery
  • the Board’s progress so far, including steps that have been taken to reduce inequality and revive local economies and high streets - and relieve pressure on councils in London, Transport for London and the GLA itself

Why is this relevant now - the context:

  • Londoners considering the creation of a cleaner, greener city to be the most important priority, according to public feedback regarding the agreed aims of the Recovery Board
  • The setting up of the London Transition Board and the London Recovery Board which aim to co-ordinate and lead London’s short and long term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Development of the London Local Industrial Strategy with core objectives of holistic economic expansion and inclusive growth, supporting innovative businesses, and modernising infrastructure
  • With the GLA assessing the evidence base to feed into the final shape of the Strategy, including in the areas of:
    • productivity, looking at policy levers to tackle the ‘productivity puzzle’ of slow improvement in London, and the impact of productivity on inclusive growth
    • how to harness the potential of innovation in the capital to support the local economy
    • the relationship between London and economies around the UK
  • The £600m Housing Infrastructure Fund and its ambition to build 50,000 new homes in London and the surrounding regions, and alleviate housing shortages and support community development
  • Commitments to improve infrastructure capacity and modernise transportation across London, and deliver projects like Crossrail, ensuring that future schemes are cost-effective, and support London’s low-carbon and environmental obligations

The discussion in detail:

Economic and business opportunities across London following the pandemic

Measures that can be taken to:

  • improve productivity
  • disseminate and harness innovation in the London economy
  • share prosperity and reduce inequalities across communities
  • address the health, social and economic implications of COVID-19, particularly for local economies and high streets


Ensuring the transport system recovers effectively from the pandemic - with TfL’s plans for 24-hour bus lanes to help London’s coronavirus recovery and respond to the public’s changing transport habits following the pandemic - and the next steps in developing a city-wide infrastructure system, with a focus on:

  • supporting economic growth
  • improving connectivity between peoples’ homes and jobs
  • delivering house building and transport modernisation that fits in with the carbon reduction policy aims for London and nationally

Tackling poverty and reducing inequality in the capital

What is needed to achieve inclusive growth, looking at priorities and the roles of stakeholders and policymakers in:

  • growing employment prospects, including the provision of high-value and fulfilling jobs
  • nurturing local growth across communities

London’s knowledge and high-value economy

Looking at strategies for accelerating expansion:

  • supporting knowledge-based enterprises and new start-ups
  • the scaling of research and innovation based companies
  • collaboration involving business, finance and higher education, as well as with cross-regional partners outside of London

The agenda:

  • The London Local Industrial Strategy - priorities for policy, communities and business, and tackling the economic impact of COVID-19
  • Inclusive growth and healthy environments - delivering low-carbon infrastructure, homes, and travel to work
  • Wellbeing and social challenges throughout London - tackling poverty and inequality, and developing employment and high value jobs
  • Developing healthy cities - an international case study
  • London’s contribution to local economies - enabling economic growth in London to reach neighbouring regions and more widely across the UK
  • Implementing the Local Industrial Strategy and its place within the government’s wider industrial strategy

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this conference. Places have been reserved by officials from the Greater London Authority; MHCLG; HM Treasury; BEIS; DCMS; Defra; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; DWP and the Office for National Statistics.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Eddie Curzon

Regional Director, London and South, CBI

Keynote Speakers

Michele Pittini

Senior Economist and Head of GLA Economics, Greater London Authority

Luke Bruce

Interim Head of Economic Development, Greater London Authority

Richard Blyth

Head of Policy, Practice Research and International, Royal Town Planning Institute

Eddie Curzon

Regional Director, London and South, CBI


Lord Tope

Vice-chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for London and Co-President of London Councils


Emma Frost

Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Community, London Legacy Development Corporation

Lisa Finlay

Partner, Heatherwick Studio

Daniel Mahoney

Programme Director for Economy and Infrastructure, London First

Neil Johnston

Chief Executive, Paddington Development Trust

Rupert Walker

Strategy and Planning Director, South, Network Rail

Richard Brown

Deputy Director, Centre for London

Councillor Joe Dromey

Chair, Lewisham Poverty Commission

Jo Negrini

Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon

Professor Gail Findlay

Director of Health Improvement, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London

Ciaran Gunne-Jones

Head of Economics, Lichfields