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The City of London’s economic research programme provides analysis into current issues affecting the City - blogs from us, our contributors and partners
Interests: London, The City, economy, infrastructure, competitiveness, emerging markets, corporate responsibility, social investment, environment, London’s communities, financial and professional services, regulation, taxation, Europe, economic analysis
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By Katharina Ehrhart, Research Officer at the City of London Corporation Professional services are key to the City’s unique business ecosystem as employers, as clients and as business partners. While financial services include different forms of banking, insurance or asset management, the professional services sector refers to a wide variety... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at City of London Economic Research
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By Katharina Ehrhart, Research Officer at City of London Corporation On 17 July, the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative is hosting the 2nd Green Finance Summit at the historic Guildhall. This year’s summit is dedicated to “Mainstreaming Green Finance”. Green finance means the investment in climate-friendly technology and infrastructure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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By Katharina Ehrhart and Fiona Morrill Researchers in the City of London Research Team Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond in his Mansion House speech, spoke about his vision for extending “London’s position as the world’s number one international financial services centre” post-Brexit. The City is the home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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An interesting blog written by Rick Borges, Head of Assessment, Banking Standards Board. Leaders 'walking the talk' is fundamental; it is not only about what they say, but also - and perhaps even more importantly - what they do. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Responsible City
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office Recently the House of Commons debated the future of financial services, and the role it plays in supporting the UK economy, and we’ve been informing the debate by looking at the contribution financial services makes to other sectors.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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By Katharina Ehrhart, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Much is written about London’s housing crisis. Academics, politicians and businesses agree one of London’s key, and enduring, challenges is the cost of housing. Globally, London is among the top 5 least affordable cities with ramifications on who can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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Jacob shares what it's like to be an apprentice at the City of London Corporation. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Responsible City
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By Karen Hindson, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In their recent report, the World Bank discussed the value of openness to competitive international financial sector in contributing to faster growth and giving households and business around the world access to financial services. In this blog post we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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Sarah Jane Enson, our Senior Policy & Programme Manager, explores the opportunities social mobility presents to businesses and the steps firms can take to support this issue. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Responsible City
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By Katharina Ehrhart, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In this blog we are interested in the occupations that are predominantly located in London and the City. We want to know what attracts highly skilled workers to this location. It is often said that people chose London because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office Our research programme for this year focuses on why the City remains a world-leading location for businesses and workers, and new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals just how international the City’s workforce is, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation My previous blog (28/09/2017) highlighted how important a role the UK’s large financial services (FS) firms play in generating turnover – with the 115 FS firms with more than £1 billion turnover generating 88%... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office This week we’ve been looking at the ONS’ new data on international trade in financial and insurance services in 2016[1], which help to shape our understanding of how finance supports the wider UK economy, and the international reach... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Edward Jones, Researcher in the City of London Research Team The growth of the digital industries is a much-discussed phenomenon, credited with having transformed the economic fortunes of our near neighbours in Shoreditch and Hoxton. At the metropolitan scale, the Mayor of London anticipates that ‘Information and Communication’... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Katharina Ehrhart, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In previous blogs we have looked at jobs growth in London and beyond, noting that nearly 663K, or almost two thirds of financial services (FS) jobs were based outside of London. This blog sets out where these FS jobs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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The ‘Apprenticeships in the City’ workshop series is supporting firms who are new to apprenticeships to bring fresh talent into their business. Sophie Hulm, Senior Policy and Programme Manager, explains how all businesses, including SMEs, can use the apprenticeship levy to open their door to untapped talent. Read Sophie’s blog. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Responsible City
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation This week has seen the annual release of the latest Business Register and Employee Survey (BRES)[1], which we use as the basis for our reporting of jobs and employment by sector. The latest figures... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Dr Laura Davison, Head of Research at the Economic Development Office, City of London Corporation Across the UK economy, there were 5.5 million private sector firms in 2016 - 0.1% were large firms (employing 250 people or more), jointly accounting for 40% of employment and 53% of turnover.[1] My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team The UK’s finance and professional services (FPS) sector is highly dependent on international talent, with workers from abroad holding 12% of its jobs. With EU citizens’ future work and residency rights unclear, and in light of the Government’s pledge... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Angelika Bialowas and Jonathan Andrews, Future Trainee Solicitors at Reed Smith LLP Over June-July 2017, as part of a Business Intelligence Project for MA (LPC) as Future Trainee Solicitors at Reed Smith LLP, we undertook a research project for the City of London Corporation. The project sought to understand... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Over the last month, several large international banks have begun to provide more details about their location plans post-Brexit. Some of the announcements have arisen partly as a response to the Bank of England’s request for information of banks’... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office The financial and related professional services sector plays a key, direct role in enabling other firms to grow; through financing investment in capital; supporting the day to day running of their businesses through managing cash flow; providing insurance... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
By Robert Clear, Researcher in the City of London Research Team In discussions about prosperity there is an increasing focus on social mobility, particularly on the career barriers faced by workers from disadvantaged backgrounds. It’s still the case that recruitment by many large, high-profile firms is slanted towards those who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
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By Fiona Morrill, Financial Services Research Officer in the Economic Development Office Last week (4/07/17), Edouard Philippe, the French prime minister, outlined a series of measures to attract international businesses to Paris, with the aim of making the city the “number one financial centre in Europe after Brexit”. These measures... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at City of London Economic Research
By Saif Ullah, Researcher in the City of London Research Team Last night (5/07/17), the Lord Mayor hosted an annual dinner for HM judges at Mansion House. The dinner is an opportunity to recognise the world-renowned status of UK judges and the huge contribution this profession makes to the UK... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at City of London Economic Research