London First

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London First is a not for profit[1] advocacy group with a membership composed of leaders of businesses in London, United Kingdom.[2][3][4]

As of 2008, it represented 300 London based businesses.[2]

Its stated aim is "to make London the best city in the world in which to do business".[5]

London First was established in 1992 to meet a perceived lack of a unitary body to promote London after the dissolution of the Greater London Council. Its first chair was Allen Sheppard, Baron Sheppard of Didgemere.[6] Its current chair is John Allen.

The chief executive is Jasmine Whitbread, who took up the role in December 2016. Its former CEO was Baroness Jo Valentine.[3][4]

London First has supported plans to provide roofing over major roads in London amongst other transport infrastructure developments, a proposal that was under consideration by then London mayor Boris Johnson.[3] It has criticised the Cameron ministry's proposal to require a bond of £ 3 000 for some visitors to the UK.[4]

London First was a partner in the 2014 "Wikimania".[7]


  1. ^ "About London First". London First. 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b Hill, Dave (27 March 2008). "London mayoral debate - Wednesday 26 March 2008". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Millward, David (10 July 2013). "Capital's major roads could be covered". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Jo Valentine (1 August 2013). "Poorly-designed immigration policies are damaging the London economy". City A.M. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Our Mission". London First. 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ Ben Pimlott and Nirmala Rao (2 May 2002). Governing London. Oxford University Press. p. 52. ISBN 9780191583650. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Wikimania 2014 in London". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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