It has always been the depth and diversity of our people that has kept London competitive. From the brightest PhD students, to exciting entrepreneurs or top financial experts, talent mobility will be important as we look to recover from the global pandemic. Valuable collaborations with the likes of the Horizon programme which is vital to our higher education institutions will continue, but as the pandemic forces changes to the way higher education is delivered globally, we must continue to attract the brightest to our top London institutions. Showcasing how great our city is will be important to keep reminding people why they would choose London over other global cities. We need to persuade people to be here, and businesses to set up here. Keeping the immigration debate live on talent, mobility and access for students will be important in a post -Brexit labour market.
London is one of the top global cities, leading the way in legal services, our financial sector, our innovative technology businesses, our higher education institutions and our world class arts and cultural attractions. Our success is a result of clear strategies and policies designed to keep us competitive over the last 30 years. As we move to a post-pandemic world, working our way through our new relationship with our EU neighbours, we need ambition and clear strategies to keep our place in the world’s leading global cities. In order to set the right direction, we must continue to work together, supporting policies that champion and support the competitiveness of London, for the benefit of the entire UK.