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Talent shortage threat to London as global tech hub

A shortage of skills, including a lack of students with good maths and science, is threatening the capital's position as the global hub for technology, say business experts.

Growth of London's technology industry under threat Credit: ITN

The Tech London Advocates add that immigration controls are also stopping talent from outside the UK coming in. 172 of their members said they had difficulty finding employees that meet their requirements which, they say, is having a serious impact on the growth of London's technology industry.

Moving to London costs twice as much as anywhere else in the UK

Moving to London costs twice as much as anywhere else in the country Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

The cost of moving to the capital now costs twice as much as anywhere else in the country, according to a new report on the cost of moving house.

Higher house prices in London and the South East means homeowners pay on average more than £10,000 in stamp duty costs and £6,500 in estate agents fees.

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Hi-Tech Blue Plaque for 'Tin Pan Alley'

Sixties folk star Donovan is set to perform at the unveiling today of a hi-tech blue plaque in Denmark Street, known as the British Tin Pan Alley because of all the famous artists who recorded there.

Denmark Street is known as the British 'Tin Pan Alley' Credit: ITN

The plaque, which will have audio and video, will be presented at the Giaconda Dining Rooms, an old haunt of stars Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Marc Bolan.

Donovan is to mark the occasion by performing 'Tin Pan Alley' - a song he wrote especially for the occasion.

The singer-songwriter made his first recording there. Jimi Hendrix also recorded there and The Rolling Stones made their eponymous debut album at Regent Sound Studios in 1964.

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Campaign to stop changes to London's skyline

London's skyline Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A campaign has been launched to prevent further development of London's skyline. Some of Britain's most influential figures including sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, philosopher Alain de Botton and author Alan Bennett are backing the campaign to stop more than 200 planned skyscrapers from being built.

In a statement to the Observer, the 70 signatories have warned that many of the proposed buildings will be hugely prominent and grossly insensitive to the appearance of the skyline.

According to New London Architecture, 77% of the 236 proposed buildings will be in the centre or the east of London. The Observer reports, a spokesman for the London mayor Boris Johnson said he would consider the campaign's idea of a commission to examine London's future profile.

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