The Mayor of London announced his new Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) at the launch of London Tech Week. The CIC is part funded by LEAP and forms part of the London Growth Hub’s business support offer. By linking tech startups with leading companies and public bodies the CIC aims to help London overcome key issues with creative solutions.
With London being home to over a million SMEs, accounting for over half of the jobs in London, it is important that they have access to affordable workspace. The Workspace Affordability Crisis reports highlight the impact that the recent changes to business rates have had on London’s open workspaces.
On 24 May the Greater London Authority launched a £1m funding opportunity as part of the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme, co-funded by the London Economic Action Partnership and the European Social Fund.
Today the Mayor of London has launched his Construction Academy, which received £8m of LEAP funding. The proposal forms part of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Strategy, the first ever standalone skills strategy for the capital.
Applications for the second round of the Good Growth Fund are now open. The Good Growth Fund is City Hall’s biggest regeneration programme – providing £70 million over 4 years to projects that help empower people, make better places, and grow prosperity.
LEAP has pledged extra £65k to support small local firms left struggling in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire to add to the previous support of £250k.
Imperial College London is looking to develop a range of help and support options that will benefit businesses in London. It is interested in the views of senior decision makers in SMEs of all sizes and sectors, from start-ups to well established businesses.