Policy Forum for London

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.

Developing the London Local Industrial Strategy - 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).

It will be an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to assess:

  • latest evidence in studies commissioned by the GLA that will set the basis for the direction of the London LIS,
  • next steps for development and implementation of the strategy, and
  • what will be needed to achieve its central goal of inclusive growth.

Delegates will also consider the impact of the COVID-19 emergency on London’s citizens, communities and businesses, and what how the strategy may need to adapt to address issues in areas such as employment, public health and transport access.

Why this is relevant now - the context:

  • As a London Local Industrial Strategy is developed with core objectives for holistic economic expansion including around:
    • inclusive growth,
    • supporting innovative businesses, and
    • modernising infrastructure; and
  • 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 - and with reports still to come on:
    • how to harness the potential of innovation in the capital to support the local economy, and
    • the relationship between the Capital 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 and measures that can be taken to:
    • improve productivity,
    • disseminate and harness innovation in the London economy,
    • share prosperity across communities, and
    • address the health, social and economic implications of COVID-19.
  • Developing city-wide infrastructure system, with a focus on:
    • supporting economic growth,
    • improving connectivity between peoples’ homes and jobs, and
    • delivering house building and transport modernisation that fits in with the carbon reduction policy aims for London and nationally.
  • Priorities for tackling poverty and inequality in the Capital, and achieving inclusive growth, looking at the roles of stakeholders and policymakers in:
    • growing employment prospects, including the provision of high-value and fulfilling jobs, and
    • nurturing local growth across communities.
  • Accelerating the expansion of London’s knowledge and high-value economy, looking at:
    • supporting knowledge-based enterprises and new start-ups,
    • the scaling of research and innovation based companies, and
    • 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 employment;
  • 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; and
  • 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 stake holders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as Members of the Greater London Authority and senior officials from government agencies, Assembly Members, Westminster Parliamentarians, senior central government officials and other policymakers, together with local authorities, business leaders, infrastructure developers and consultancies, universities and investors, specialist academics and charities, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

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 Speaker

Eddie Curzon

Regional Director, London and South, CBI


Lord Tope

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


Rupert Walker

Strategy and Planning Director, South, Network Rail

Councillor Joe Dromey

Chair, Lewisham Poverty Commission

Professor Gail Findlay

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