Press Release

Devolution, upskilling and civic engagement key to achieving inclusive growth in London

Centre for London is convening city leaders to shape an inclusive growth agenda for the capital, with a focus on devolution, skills, civic engagement to ensure London is in the post possible position post-Brexit.

London is one of the most economically dynamic cities in the world, but it is also a city of great inequality. The London Conference, taking place on Thursday 16 November, will bring together over 400 leaders from public, private and civic organisations with notable political figures, to explore ways to make London a fair and prosperous global city.

The event is organised by Centre for London, the capital’s dedicated think tank. It will feature over 30 high-profile speakers, including:

The London Conference will highlight that the changes we are likely to see over the coming decades – an ageing population, climate change and new technologies and business models – could magnify inequality in London. But there are opportunities too; McKinsey’s 2016 report The Power of Parity shows that by decreasing the gender participation gap, each region in the UK has the potential to gain 5–8 per cent in GDP, with the largest opportunities in London.

Ben Rogers, Director at Centre for London said:

“We all want a fairer and more inclusive London – a city that works for everyone. But what new ideas and practical steps do we need to create one?

“As the Mayor of London finalises the next London Plan, the government’s Brexit negotiations unfold, and public spending continues to contract, we’re pleased to host The London Conference 2017 to discuss ways of creating a fairer and more prosperous global capital.”