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Report: 'Damage to city's ability to stay open for business'

A London First report set to be published this week said pressure from other parts of Britain to reduce immigration was damaging to London’s ability to “stay open for business”.

Report cites 'damage to London's ability to stay open for business'. Credit: PA

The report, which will be published this week, also said pressure from other parts of Britain to reduce immigration was damaging to London’s ability to “stay open for business”.

London faces growing competition from alternative hubs, such as Singapore, that are geographically, culturally and linguistically closer to large emerging markets.

National public opinion and hence UK government policy could put pressure on some of the critical underpinnings of London’s [leading position], in particular its openness to immigration and its relationship with the European Union.

– London First report

A London First report was covered by the FT. It also says that the UK airport capacity and the visa system also need to be improved.

Report says UK hostility to migrants threatens London

A new report says that the UK's hostility to immigrants and the European Union is threatening the capital's status as one of the world's leading business cities.

Mayor Boris Johnson commissioned the report. Credit: PA

The business lobby group London First's briefing, which was commissioned by Mayor Boris Johnson, says that Britain must build relationships with emerging markets like Asia, the FT (£) reports.

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4,300 more trees for London

The streets of London will soon be greener, after Boris Johnson announced plans to plant another 4,300 trees by March next year. That will bring the total number of trees planted under the Street Tree initiative to 20,000. 23 projects will share £600,000 as part of the latest round of planting.

  • The latest batch of trees will be planted in the following boroughs:
  • Barnet - 72
  • Brent - 202
  • Camden - 100
  • Croydon - 194
  • Ealing - 1161
  • Enfield - 347
  • Hackney - 50
  • Hammersmith and Fulham - 100
  • Haringey - 200
  • Harrow - 400
  • Havering - 50
  • Hillingdon - 50
  • Hounslow - 200
  • Islington - 400
  • Kingston - 40
  • Lambeth - 300
  • Lewisham - 21
  • Merton - 110
  • Newham - 20
  • Redbridge - 80
  • Westminster - 181

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