Duty Officer Update - 23 May 2014

23 May 2014

We've been kept on our toes as we’ve moved smoothly from considering staying safe in the sun, to protection from heavy rainfall.

Duty Officer Update - 23 May 2014

23 May 2014

Overview of My Week

The changes in the weather have captured our interest this week. Remaining ever flexible, we’ve moved smoothly from considering staying safe in the sun, to protection from heavy rainfall. Yesterday our great view of London was seen from a difference perspective during the heavy thunderstorm

Weather-wise, today remains unsettled.  Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow, and our Met Office colleagues are monitoring the situation. 

Weather and Environment

Camden Collective helps creative start-ups accelerate their business

21 May 2014

In February 2014, Camden Town Unlimited ran its second Collective Accelerator programme, following a successful pilot in September last year.

The Collective Accelerator programme offers creative businesses an intensive programme of seminars, inspirational talks, mentoring and pitch training over three weeks.

Designed to help creative entrepreneurs think about business in new ways, the course culminates in a formal pitch to a panel of business experts in order to secure a £5-£10k loan.

Vote for London's best music venue

21 May 2014

Deputy Mayor, Munira Mirza, on the London Music Awards.

As part of the inaugural London Music Awards, organised by the Mayor's Music Fund and sponsored by Raymond Weil, Time Out's readers have the chance to decide which of the capital's great concert halls, clubs and gig venues will be awarded the title of 'London's Favourite Venue' at the ceremony on 11 June.

Taking action on London's food waste

16 May 2014

The FoodSave team introduce us to FoodSave, an innovative project that’s tackling London’s business food waste.

The UK hospitality industry throw out around 920,000 tonnes of food waste each year, of which 75% could be avoided according to WRAP. That's the equivalent of £1.7bn worth of food waste from restaurants and food service operations.

In London, businesses are already benefiting from the FoodSave project which is helping to address the capital’s business food waste.

Duty Officer Update

16 May 2014

Overview of My Week

The working week started with a meeting of our London Resilience Programme Board, during which we discussed and approved several partnership plans.  Developing the capabilities to manage the consequences of civil emergencies takes years of work and commitment by our colleagues, who all work to a process to improve our preparedness. 

Get ready for summer's Capital Clean-up

14 May 2014

In spring, we asked London’s community groups to apply for support to run local clean-up events this summer. The deadline was 24 March and we’ve been delighted by the response.

We’ve now awarded local groups, schools and charities clean-up kits and grants of up to £1,500 from the scheme’s £50,000 fund. That’s the biggest in its eight year history.

City Hall staff weigh in to health

9 May 2014

The sun is shining, spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. As the weather warms up, many Londoners will be looking to shed a few extra kilos along with their winter clothing.

Here at City Hall, we’re running an eight week challenge to help staff shape up for summer. It’s part of our commitment to the London Health Workplace Charter, which supports London organisations to create healthy work environments and promote staff wellbeing.

Europe Day

9 May 2014

Friday 9th May is Europe Day-  an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe.  The European Union now comprises 500 million people and 28 countries, following the accession of Croatia last year.   And with elections later this month to determine London’s eight members of the European Parliament (currently three Conservative two Labour, one Lib Dem, one Green, one UKIP), Europe’s in the news again.  We’ll be out and about in City Hall on Europe Day. Look out for some EU-related freebies!

Victorian time capsule unearthed in Sidcup town centre

8 May 2014

It sounds like the premise of an episode of the TV Series ‘Time Team’, but when a 172 year old time capsule was discovered on 18 March, it was unearthed by contractors rather than archaeologists.

The team were working on improvements to Sidcup town centre for the Mayor and Bexley Council, when they came across the time capsule. It had been put there by the architect and builder when they laid the foundation stone for a police station, later demolished in May 1842. Back then Sidcup was a sleepy Kent hamlet surrounded by countryside.


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