The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called on Sadiq Khan to make good on his pro-business campaign promise.
The capital’s newly elected mayor started in office on Monday, May 9, and it wants one of his first tasks to be the setting up of his proposed Business Advisory Board and the calling of a meeting by Tuesday, May 31.
During the election build-up Sadiq pledged to “work tirelessly” for the best interests of London businesses and said the board would be used to get a “valuable and honest input” on policy and infrastructure and a full picture of the capital’s challenges.
The chamber, the capital’s most representative business organisation, has also drawn up a wishlist of issues it wants him to tackle over the next four years including the housing crisis, digital capability for smaller firms, transport congestion and retaining more taxes to address population growth.
Chief executive Colin Stanbridge said it was “crucial” the new mayor gets a handle on what made London’s businesses thrive.
He said: “To do that he must listen to them and their representatives. We don’t want to wait and see that pushed down the agenda. We have had a pro-business promise – now let’s see it delivered.
“We believe that it is only by involving businesses within the policy formulation process that sound decisions can be made on issues like housing, skills and transport to achieve the best possible outcomes – not just for the business community – but for all Londoners.”
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