London for all: opening up debate on London’s economy

Monday 14 July 2014 1.30-6pm

Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonard’s Street, London E3 3BT

Final Programme


Organised by the Just Space Economy and Planning group (JSEP), this event brings together speakers from the Centre for London, new economics foundation, Federation of Small Businesses and London Assembly, amongst others, to debate how a future London Plan and Economic Development Strategy could better support a more inclusive and sustainable London economy.

With the Mayor of London currently pursuing alterations to the London Plan and the London Enterprise Panel developing an Economic Development Plan, this event will make the case for sustained dialogue with a broad range of groups.

The diversity of London’s economy is poorly represented in plans, policies and stakeholder engagement processes, where developers and large businesses generally dominate. Less well heard are the voices of London’s small and local businesses, industrial activities, social enterprises and ethnic retailers, for example, as well as groups concerned with poverty, inequality and environmental issues.

By engaging with a more diverse range of groups, JSEP has already uncovered evidence of the under-represented economies locating in London’s high streets, affordable office spaces and industrial areas. Yet the Mayor’s proposed changes to the London Plan are likely to squeeze out these activities, posing severe risks to the prospects of achieving a more inclusive and sustainable London economy.

All are invited to participate in the debate, which will be initiated with contributions from speakers including:

* Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee

* Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London

* Sue Terpilowski, Federation of Small Businesses

* Rachel Laurence, new economics foundation

* Polly Trenow, Women’s Budget Group and the Fawcett Society

* Laurie Heselden, Southern and Eastern Region of the Trades Union Congress

* David Fell, London Remade and Brook Lyndhurst

* Diane Perrons, London School of Economics and Political Science


1.30-2pm: Registration; tea and coffee.

2pm: Opening remarks from Just Space Economy and Planning and Bromley by Bow Centre.

2.15pm: Opening debate, including contributions from Jenny Jones AM (Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee) and Ben Rogers (Centre for London).

2.45-4.15pm: Themed debates.

4.15-5pm: Concluding discussion.

5-6pm: Drinks reception.

How to find the Bromley by Bow Centre (

Bromley by Bow Centre is around 30 minutes from central London, being just five minutes from Bromley by Bow Underground station on the District and Hammersmith & City lines.

Address and reception: Bromley by Bow Centre is at the corner of St Leonard’s Street and Bruce Road (London E3 3HN), the Centre’s reception is in the Connection Zone which is on the Bruce Road side of the building.

By Underground: Bromley by Bow station (District Line, Hammersmith and City Line).

By Docklands Light Railway: Bow Church or Devon’s Road stations.

By bus: From the West End and City – 8 or 25; From Stratford or Lewisham – 108; From Hackney – 488.