Borough economic leadership

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3627
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Harrow Council recently hosted an economic summit for senior business people and civic leaders to discuss the difficulties of the economic climate and how the local economy can be supported through the recession. Does the Mayor think it is important that boroughs show economic leadership and would you encourage other local authorities to follow Harrow's lead and host similar summits?

Answer

Answer for Borough economic leadership

Answer for Borough economic leadership

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree it is important for all public sector organisations to listen to businesses and Londoners so the measures we put in place directly address their needs at this crucial time.

You will be aware of the recently published progress update on my Economic Recovery Action Plan which sets out how GLA Group and partners are supporting London to get back on track: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/economy/recovery/.

I meet the London Business Advisory Council on a quarterly basis and a key theme has been about helping businesses, both large and small, through this current economic climate.

Both GLA Group and the London boroughs have a crucial role in supporting residents and businesses through the recession and helping to ensure the conditions for London's economic recovery. Our efforts are co-ordinated through the London Congress, and I welcome the complementary measures put in place by boroughs such as Harrow. I also call on boroughs to make more use of CompeteFor in order to open public procurement up to SMEs in London. *