Economy

Economy Committee

The Economy Committee scrutinises the work of the Mayor relating to economic development, wealth creation, social development, culture, sport and tourism in London, including the Mayor’s role as chair of the London Enterprise Panel.

Current investigation

SME access to workspace
The Economy Committee will discuss the lack of affordable workspace for SMEs and how the business rates increase will impact SMEs at a meeting on Tuesday 21 February.

The guests are:

  • Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive, Camden Town Unlimited
  • Natalie Campbell, Co-founder and CEO, A Very Good Company
  • Dr Patria Roman, Chair of Trustees, Latin Elephant and Member of Just Space Network
  • Ben Johnson, Senior Advisor, Business and Digital Policy, Greater London Authority
  • David Fletcher, CEO, Wimbletech Community Interest Company

Are you a SME? Does your business find it difficult to access workspace? How will business rate increases affect you? What can the Mayor do to support you more?

Tweet @LondonAssembly with #LDNworkspace and your questions and comments will be put to our expert panel.

If you prefer to email us your response please email ecomomycommittee@london.gov.uk

EU Exit 
The Economy Committee has held a series of meetings focusing on the impact of the EU Exit on London's economy. Sessions have included impact on the financial services sector and SMEs, workers' rights, big business and migration.

Recent work

Watch previous Committee meetings.

Compiled a report, Apprenticeships: An un-level playing field, which set out a number of key recommendations to the Mayor to help improve the number of quality apprenticeships in London. 

Published a report, EU exit and financial services, which looked at the impact of Brexit on this important sector for the UK economy.

Produced a report, London's Hourglass Economy, which looked at London's labour market and the state of London's economy since the 2008 financial crisis.

Visited two flagship London enterprises, Brompton Bikes and the Central Research Laboratory, to examine the current state of manufacturing in the capital. The Committee then wrote to the Mayor of London about the importance of manufacturing

Carried out an investigation into the challenges facing the capital’s small theatres, which led to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.

Visited Tech City to explore the barriers to inclusive growth facing London’s Digital Economy.

A Mayoral Manifesto for the Digital Economy

A Mayoral Manifesto for the Digital Economy

Committee meetings

Browse meetings and agendas for this committee and to check out further information relating to the committee, including terms of reference.

Hourglass economy infographic 4 2x1

Feedback and news coverage

What was said

In response to ‘A Mayoral Manifesto for the Digital Economy’, John McLaren-Stewart, Managing Director, AT&A Insurance Brokers and Tech London Advocate said:

"This a pretty cool bit of work. It cuts through the waffle, is erudite and gets straight to the point with a clear delivery. It could of course be replicated for the UK as a whole..."

In the news

Brexit wish list created by London Assembly to to protect capital's financial sector - The Wharf

The case for a more independent, post-Brexit London is gaining strength - The Guardian

Government told to 'get a grip' of Brexit at London Assembly meeting - The Wharf

Londoners do not have to take low pay and insecure jobs as a given - The Guardian

Poor part-time pay in London 'stops mothers working' - BBC News

Small nurseries could go to the wall over 30 hours - Nursery World

The capital needs more diverse tech talent, says London Assembly report - Computer Weekly

Contact the Economy Committee

If you have a media enquiry relating to the Economy Committee please contact:                

External Relations Officer
Lisa Lam
Lisa.Lam@london.gov.uk
020 7983 4067

If you have a query about this Committee and its work please contact:

Scrutiny Manager
Carmen Musonda
Carmen.Musonda@london.gov.uk
0207 983 4351

If you have a query about the Mayor's economic policy please call 020 7983 4100.