South Bank BID hosted members of the Mayor’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) at a high profile event held at the Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 16 February.
Members of the LEAP are the decision makers on many of the Mayor’s funding programmes, and the Central London Stakeholder event was the LEAP’s opportunity to hear from businesses representatives on the issues that matter to them.
The LEAP members – Greg Clark, Simon Pitkeathley and Celia Caulcott – heard from Nic Durston, South Bank BID’s Chief Executive, and Joanna Down, representing South Bank Marketing Group, about the many challenges that South Bank faces in maintaining its status as London’s cultural heart, and as one of its leading destinations.
These include the importance of safety and security, the need for continued investment in the area’s public realm, and the work that many of the cultural, arts and creative bodies based in South Bank and Waterloo are delivering around education, learning and training, with a focus on local communities.
The LEAP members outlined their priorities and those of the Mayor in respect of the Good Growth Fund, Skills for London, support for small and medium size businesses and the work of the London Growth Hub, and the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy.
More details on the LEAP and its work can be found here: https://lep.london/
South Bank BID and its partners will continue to work with the LEAP and the Mayor’s office to ensure that South Bank benefits from current opportunities and any new initiatives.