Council and businesses join forces to build for the future

Panelists discuss how businesses can grow in Tower Hamlets

Canary Wharf was abuzz with energy and enthusiasm yesterday as almost 100 organisations came together to discuss the future of business in Tower Hamlets.

Organised by the council and the Tower Hamlets Partnership, the 2019 Business Summit offered organisations the opportunity to meet counterparts from a range of sectors to share ideas about how the borough can become an even better place to start a business, to grow and to succeed.

Mayor John Biggs said: “I was delighted to see so many business representatives taking the opportunity to be part of the conversation about how to make Tower Hamlets an even better place for their organisations to thrive.

“It’s an exciting time to be in business in one of London’s fastest growing and most diverse boroughs. There was a real feeling of excitement, ambition and determination in the room and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve for residents and businesses as we move forward together.”

The summit, held at Canary Wharf Group’s Level 39 venue, was the first in a series of initiatives aimed at furthering existing relationships and developing new relationships to create an environment where best practice and ideas can be shared between the council, its partners and the business community.

Business summit

Attendees heard from Ben Johnson, Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London, on how best we can work together to create a digital economy that can face the challenges and seize the opportunities of the changing business environment.

Other areas of discussion included the provision of commercial space, how people and products move around the borough, skills and training, the environment and digital innovation.

Dr Sue Pember, Director of Policy and External Relations at HOLEX, set out her vision for the workforce of the future with a focus on emerging skill needs.

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Cabinet Member for Work and Economic Growth, said: “We’re incredibly lucky in Tower Hamlets that we can bring together the financial powerhouses of Canary Wharf with tech start-ups, new firms from the City Fringe, entrepreneurs, leading hospitality venues and the small businesses and traders that are the heart of our high streets all working towards the same goal.

“This summit is just the start of an ongoing conversation and a renewed commitment to working together as we deliver even better conditions for business which benefits our residents. I would urge anyone interested in getting involved to sign up for our new business and skills newsletter to stay informed with all the latest developments.”

Businesses, training providers and other professionals can subscribe to the council’s new business and skills newsletter online.

Posted on Tuesday 25th June 2019