London Economic Action Partnership appoints small business champion

13 April 2017

Simon Pitkeathley, a London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) board member, has been given special responsibility for promoting the interests of small businesses in the capital.

Simon has been appointed as the LEAP’s Champion for Small Business, a role which will concentrate on helping small businesses in London to grow and promoting LEAP innovations to support them.

LEAP – the new Local Enterprise Partnership for the capital – was established by Sadiq Khan following his election and brings together the Mayor, London Councils and business leaders across all the city’s main business sectors.

It will provide strategic oversight of the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone, which has the potential to deliver up to 40,000 jobs and 4,000 homes in east London, the London Growth Hub, the new online gateway to business support in the capital, and London’s European Structural and Investment Funds.

Simon is Chief Executive of Camden Collective workspace, CEO of Euston Town and Camden Business Improvement Districts and also sits on the Mayor’s Open Workspace Advisory Board. As LEAP’s Champion for Small Business, he will be a key voice for the capital’s small businesses matters such as protecting and expanding affordable workspace and support for small business growth.

Simon said: “I look forward to working closely with the Mayor, City Hall and LEAP to represent small businesses and drive economic growth in the capital. Having worked with some of the most exciting entrepreneurs and innovative small companies in London, I am ready to do my part to secure the best possible future for our SMEs in a post-Brexit economy.”

Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the capital’s economy and in Simon they have someone who will represent their interests as we face the challenges of Brexit.

“London remains open to business and to investment – and I know Simon shares the Mayor’s vision that small businesses will continue to make a crucial contribution to our city’s prosperity.”

The capital’s small businesses will also have a voice on LEAP’s new Investment Committee. Natalie Campbell, founder of A Very Good Company, Alexandra Depledge MBE, founder of Hassle.com, and Celia Caulcott, Vice-Provost for Enterprise at UCL, have recently joined the committee, which will consider funding applications and make recommendations to LEAP on major investment decisions.