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London's employers say they are intending to hire more people. That's according to a survey by a large recruitment agency. It shows a nine per cent increase in the number of people businesses based in the capital are planning to take on.
The multi billion pound development at Battersea Power Station is being taken on a global tour in a bid to attract businesses and retailers to take up residence at the site. The Grade II listed power station is being restored and homes, cafes and shops will be built around it.
Consultation gets underway today over plans by Queens Park Rangers Football Club to redevelop hundreds of acres of brownfield land in West London. The regeneration project would provide 55,000 new jobs and 24,000 new homes as well as a new stadium for the club.
Business leaders are calling on the London Enterprise Panel (LEP) to put small businesses at the heart of plans for economic growth. A report by the Federation of Small Businesses says local growth opportunities could be increased if there was more consultation with small businesses.
"The LEP is crucial to delivering local economic growth across London - but there is still plenty that needs to be done. It is important that the LEP has greater teeth and is able to filter in ideas to the Mayor and not simply be a sounding board that responds to the plans set. The LEP will be handling millions of public money between now and 2021 and it is important to understand how it is being spent. Because the sums of money involved are so large it is vital that the LEP is more accountable so local authorities in the Capital, businesses and the public can be confident they will deliver for the London economy."
The Royal Mail is set to trial new Sunday opening hours starting this weekend.
Around 100 delivery offices across the UK will be open this Sunday and parcel deliveries will be made within the M25 area.
The move comes as the Royal Mail is experiencing higher than ever parcel volumes attributed to the rise in online shopping across the country.
The company says extended trading hours mean many of those who aren't able to collect their parcels during the week will now have the flexibility to claim their goods.
The trial will begin with opening hours between 12pm and 4pm.
The housing market in London is showing signs of cooling as the gap widens between asking prices and the amount buyers are prepared to pay. Figures from property analysts show just 11% of London postcodes recorded increases in values in August, compared with 19% of areas outside the capital. The typical time it takes to sell a London property has almost doubled since February, from just over two and-a-half weeks to nearly five weeks. However, this is still around a week less than the average across England and Wales, where the time it takes to sell a home has edged up to just over six weeks.
High streets in London could be missing out on £23 billion worth of so-called 'purple pound' business because they are not accessible enough to disabled people. Government research revealed shopping is the most difficult experience for accessibility, followed by going to the cinema and theatre. The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, wants businesses to think more about how they can make their services more inviting for disabled people.
As the African economy soars a conference has been held in Reading to encourage investment in small scale African businesses.
The town has the largest African population outside of London. Organisers say the Continent's entrepreneurs are finally starting to come of age.
- A new rail link at Old Oak Common would create a direct route to the City and Canary Wharf
- The plan would allow local services on the West Coast Mainline to bypass Euston, stopping at Paddington instead
- The current Crossrail plan involves services from Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in Kent to Reading and Heathrow Airport