17 February 2012
Following last week’s CBI report on a positive outlook on economic recovery for London, Mayor Boris Johnson today highlighted more good news for the capital – several major firms have pledged investment for London.
Global professional services group Harvey Nash announced its decision to retain London as its global headquarters after considering New York, Dublin, Zurich and Hong Kong as potential new bases. And in another exciting win for London, US insurance giant Aon will be moving their headquarters to the capital from Chicago, an indication of the strength of London’s reputation as a centre of the global insurance and reinsurance industry.
12 July 2011
The Mayor's quest to find 8,000 London Ambassadors ahead of next summer's Olympics is almost at an end. Having whittled down the applicants from 34,000 initial sign-ups, there are 16,000 people currently going through the interview process.
With an estimated five million visitors due to visit London during the 2012 Games, Ambassadors will have a vital role to play. Warmly welcoming visitors to the capital, they will also help them get to competition venues, the outdoor screens broadcasting events, as well as museums, theatres, restaurants and shopping districts.
During a visit today to the Ealing Volunteer Centre, Boris spoke to potential Ambassadors taking part in the selection process and confirmed he's on track to appoint the first Ambassadors by this autumn. Two thirds of the 16,000 have already completed the interview stages with the rest soon to do so in the capital's 10 volunteer centres.
09 June 2011
The number of new open spaces for London's to grow their own food has broken through the 1,000 barrier. Sudbourne Primary school in Lambeth was the 1,000th Capital Growth space created since Boris Johnson became Mayor in 2008.
There are now 1,032 spaces across the capital - meaning London's 'grow your own' scheme is now over halfway to its target of 2,012 green spaces by the end of 2012. The campaign has seen 35,000 green-fingered residents volunteering to help cultivate these food oases.
06 June 2011
Boris Johnson welcomed the news that crime on London's transport network has again fallen. According to new figures from the British Transport Police and the Met, in the last 12 months crime is down by 7% on the Underground and DLR and by 4% on the buses.
Since his election in 2008, the Mayor has worked closely with TfL to increase investment in transport safety and security. Safer Transport Teams have been introduced in all boroughs, meaning more than 400 extra officers patrolling the network and the popular booze ban was enacted, making journeys safer and more pleasant.
02 June 2011
Boris Johnson championed London's manufacturers today as he visited two world-renowned London-based firms making a vital contribution to the capital's economy. The Mayor, who is helping to nurture London's businesses and talented entrepreneurs, spent time at the award-winning brewery Fuller Smith & Turner of Chiswick and the bicycle firm Bromptons, famous for their fold-up bikes.
27 May 2011
Boris Johnson today unveiled a prototype for London's new hop-on, hop-off buses which will make a welcome return to London's streets next year.
Mayor Boris has pledged to bring back the much-loved service after Ken Livingstone scrapped the iconic Routemaster and replaced them with the unpopular bendy bus.
25 May 2011
Boris Johnson's pledge to cut crime and put more police on the streets has helped make Londoners feel safer in their neighbourhoods.
According to the Mayor’s 2011 Annual London Survey which was published today, 64% of those surveyed are now less worried about crime in their neighbourhood, compared to 54 per cent last year.
16 May 2011
A new programme to foster business talent has been launched by Mayor Boris Johnson.
The Mayor's 'Business Bootcamps' will give around 1,000 entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their skills at sessions covering digital and mobile technology, fashion, hospitality, entertainment, creative and bio-tech industries.
12 May 2011
Mayor Boris Johnson has opened his latest multi-million pound project to transform London's public spaces. The move opens up the historic wetlands and marshes on the banks of the Thames in Erith, Bexley, by providing a link road connecting local residents and workers to the green spaces. It is part of Boris Johnson's Great Outdoors programme to transform London's public spaces.
10 May 2011
The Docklands Light Railway upgrade has been delivered "bang on time" and on budget, Boris Johnson said today.
With 500,000 people per day expected to travel on the DLR during the busiest days of next summer's Games, the 50% increase in capacity is key to keeping the capital moving smoothly and providing a lasting transport legacy for the area.