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Annual Report and Accounts 2006/2007
Our mission

To improve the quality of life for all Londoners and encourage
sustainable economic growth.

Mayor’s foreword                                                                                      2

Chair’s statement                                                                                     3

Chief Executive’s review                                                                              4

The London Development Agency: Sustaining success                                                     6

The 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games                                                         14

Investment in infrastructure and places                                                             24

Investment in people                                                                                34

Investment in enterprise                                                                            44

Marketing London                                                                                    54

Our cross-cutting themes                                                                            64

      Equality                                                                                      66

      Sustainability                                                                                71

      Health                                                                                        75

LDA Board and staff                                                                                 78

Appendix 1 – Statement of Accounts 2006/2007                                                        92

                   Glossary of Accountancy Terms                                                   131

Appendix 2 – Economic Development Strategy Implementation Report                                   140

Appendix 3 – Glossary of Terms                                                                     166

Photo credits: All photography featured in this report shot in London

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                                                             Mayor’s foreword
                                                             Since its formation in 00 and
                                                             throughout my second term as
                                                             Mayor, the LDA has continued
                                                             to drive forward my Vision for
                                                             London, creating an exemplary
                                                             sustainable world city.

In my second term as Mayor, I am continuing to drive         To ensure that London retains its position as one of
forward my vision for London – to create an                  the world’s greatest cities, we must continue to
exemplary sustainable world city. In terms of the            strengthen our relationships with emerging giant
city’s economic development, I am determined that            economies, in particular China and India. Building on
London should have the quality of infrastructure             my visit to China in April 2006 and the launch of the
needed to sustain this role, and that all Londoners          Beijing office, the LDA continues to drive forward the
should have access to the opportunities that their           Think London Programme and actively supports the
city provides. The LDA is at the heart of a range of         London Tourism Action Plan 2006/2009. It is also
initiatives supporting these goals.                          supporting London’s growing links with India.
Infrastructure being put in place to support the 2012        Promoting equality is a key priority for me, and for
Olympic Games is giving real impetus to Europe’s             London. The LDA has championed London’s diversity
largest regeneration programme in the Thames                 as a unique asset to our city, engaging with
Gateway. This will particularly benefit communities in       employers to promote equality in both workforces
east London that are currently some of the poorest in        and supply chains, and ensuring that the LDA’s own
capital, and indeed in the country. The LDA is playing a     programmes have a particular focus on communities
crucial role in delivery of this infrastructure, alongside   which suffer economic disadvantage.
Transport for London who are delivering vital                LDA programmes that particularly contribute to
transport improvements such as the extended east             improving equality and health include affordable
London Line, and other partners. The LDA has                 housing and childcare provision, and work to
delivered the land for the Olympic Park on time and on       implement my Food Strategy.
budget, and handed this over to the Olympic Delivery
Authority. The LDA is now focused on ensuring that           I am absolutely committed to the task of combating
the wider benefits of the Games for London in terms of       climate change and mitigating its effects. The LDA is
regeneration and new opportunities for individuals           supporting delivery of my Climate Change Action Plan,
and businesses are maximised.                                published in February 2007, and is the lead on a range
                                                             of initiatives, including the Green Homes Programme
LDA sponsored regeneration projects extend across            and a pioneering zero-carbon development.
London. Particular successes have been achieved at
Wembley Stadium and Crystal Palace. The Agency               I congratulate the LDA and its staff on their
also continues to work with myself and Transport for         achievements over the past year, and I thank all the
London in promoting Crossrail, which will be a               partners who have worked with the LDA and myself
crucial link joining London’s economic powerhouses           to make these successes possible. I am confident the
in the City of London and the Isle of Dogs, and              LDA will continue to play a vital role in fulfilling my
improving access to these, both for the existing             vision for London.
population, and for key regeneration areas.
Tackling the high levels of worklessness in our capital
city is essential to ensuring that all Londoners share in
the city’s wealth and play a part in its future
development. The newly established London Skills and
Employment Board is taking forward this agenda, and
the LDA is supporting the Board in developing the            Ken Livingstone
London Skills and Employment Strategy.                       Mayor of London

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                                                           Chair’s statement
                                                           London continues to thrive as
                                                           one of the world’s great cities
                                                           and during the last year it has
                                                           strengthened its position as a
                                                           global financial, creative and
                                                           cultural centre.

London is ideally placed to continue with the upward       Highlights
trend in its economy, however, it must ensure that its     Whilst this Annual Report highlights the LDA’s key
infrastructure, business capacity, housing and skills      achievements over the past year, I’m especially proud
are in place to make this growth sustainable. It must      of our work in successfully acquiring the land for the
provide tangible benefits to improve the quality of        Olympic Park. This task has been completed ahead of
life for all Londoners.                                    schedule and with great sensitivity for those
We must address the increasing population                  businesses and residents, who have had to relocate.
challenges London faces. Over the past twelve              Another key achievement was Wembley. Here the
months we have seen an upward movement in                  LDA brokered the complex partnerships, which have
population and this is set to continue over the next       transformed not only the stadium, but the
decade or so, with estimated increases of 12%, five        surrounding area, including a new transport
points higher than the rest of the UK.                     infrastructure – developments which are already
Furthermore, whilst we recognise that London is one        proving highly successful.
of the most diverse cities in the world, there are great   And in enterprise, NHS Innovations London is a great
disparities of wealth, concentrations of disadvantage      example of our work to support growth industries. In
and high levels of worklessness amongst some of our        this case, it has helped us transform world-class
communities.                                               knowledge and expertise into world class businesses.
Throughout the year the LDA has been steadfast in its
commitment to help London meet its growing            Sustaining Success in the Future
challenges. Central to this has been the delivery of  One of the most exciting aspects of my job has been
the Mayor’s London Plan and the investment themes     seeing the progress we have made over the last four
of People, Places, Enterprise and Marketing London    years, as we have grown in authority and
have continued to serve as our main priorities.       responsibility, rising with the challenges we have
                                                      faced and working with Londoners from every sector
Our partners have helped us achieve success in these
                                                      and region of our city to meet them. I believe that the
main priority areas. They have worked closely with us
                                                      experience and insights we have gained along the
to not only help individual Londoners, but have
                                                      way, coupled with the dedicated professionalism of
sought to strengthen the London economy as a
                                                      our staff and the strength of our partnerships,
whole, achieving real and sustained success.
                                                      ensures that we can go forward with every
Our new management structure, supported by a          confidence that both London and the LDA can
comprehensive range of processes and systems has      sustain their success.
played its part in helping us meet our increased
mayoral powers and deliver our shared vision for

                                                           Mary Reilly
                                                           LDA Chair

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                                                         Chief Executive’s
                                                         006/007 was a year of
                                                         significant progress for the LDA,
                                                         in which we continued to drive
                                                         forward initiatives to transform
                                                         the quality of life enjoyed by
                                                         people across the capital.
In many ways our performance is not only a result of     owners, assisting not only businesses, but residents
our work over the last year, but serves to               and traveller communities alike.
demonstrate the fruit of our ongoing commitment to
                                                         The fact that we have completed the task ahead of
                                                         schedule and within budget is testament to the
We helped London retain its position as an               commitment and expertise of our staff.
immensely successful modern world city, recently
                                                         Of course regenerating London is not just about the
regarded as the best European city in which to locate
                                                         east of the city and the Olympic Park. The LDA is
and run a business.
                                                         determined to improve the lives of people
We remained committed to Londoners – recognising         throughout the capital, building healthy, sustainable
that they represent the lifeblood of our city and that   communities that work to bring people together.
their ambition, enterprise and values have created
                                                         During this year we have seen the Wembley Stadium
the success story that represents modern London
                                                         and the developments around it fast becoming a
                                                         major success story for London. The LDA has helped
We have continued to champion and support the            make this a reality, by securing investment from a
Mayor’s vision to create a forward-thinking capital,     range of public and private sector partners to ensure
which is socially inclusive and both aware and active    that the stadium acts as a catalyst in regenerating
in its responsibility to the environment.                the wider area.
However, as the population and economy continues         The part we played in delivering affordable homes,
to grow across London as a whole, it is critical that    through initiatives such as the Thames Gateway
the capital’s transport, housing, business premises      programme, are helping us to provide mixed,
and public spaces meet the ever-increasing demands       sustainable communities for thousands of
of its people.                                           Londoners. Over the last year we are proud that the
                                                         LDA helped to facilitate 1,789 housing units, meeting
Over the last year we have continued to meet these
                                                         our target commitment of between 1,600 to 2,000
challenges head-on, not only directing and
influencing the physical landscape, but making a
positive and sustained contribution to the               Our commitment to creating sustainable
communities we serve.                                    developments; supporting and implementing the
                                                         Mayor’s Climate Change Action Plan and providing a
Highlights                                               strong driving force behind preserving the planet for
One of our most significant milestones over the past     future generations continues to be a significant
12 months has been achieved in securing the land         priority for the LDA. Our involvement in London’s
for the Olympic Park. With total land interests in       first zero carbon development, at Gallions Park
excess of 2,200, it represents the largest land          demonstrates our continued support.
acquisition in modern time.                              Whilst all of these developments provide excellent
To ensure a smooth implementation, we provided           opportunities for London and contribute to its
support to hundreds of businesses, themselves            economic success, but conversely London plays host
employing thousands of Londoners and helped them         to some of the highest levels of worklessness and
relocate. We led complex negotiations with land          deprivation in the UK.

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We have played our part in tackling these issues and   the past year we exceeded our target by 94%,
this year the LDA exceeded its target and created or   supporting over 48,000 businesses. Moving forward
safeguarded over 20,000 jobs and supported more        our appointment of Serco in April 2007, will help
than 27,000 individuals in accessing job               businesses and get the highest quality support they
opportunities.                                         need, through our Business Link offering.
Working closely with our key funding partners and
agencies, organisations like the Government Office
London, the Learning and Skills Councils, Job Centre   In a rapidly changing economic landscape, London
Plus and allocating funding via our Opportunities      cannot afford to stand still – it must respond and
Fund and the ESF, we have continued to improve         adapt to change, not only supporting the growth
skills and job opportunities for many thousands of     industries of the future, but also staying attuned to
Londoners.                                             the changing global economic landscape.

In fact, overall during this year we helped over       We continue to support the Mayor’s International
43,000 Londoners develop new skills, greatly,          agenda in the emerging markets to promote London
exceeding our minimum target of 28,000.                as a fabulous place to study, visit and invest in to the
                                                       wider world.
Furthermore, we firmly believe that it is extremely
important that we do not waste the talents of any      Of course, challenges remain. Areas of priority like
Londoner due to a lack of opportunity or               worklessness require continual refocusing, new
discrimination. Diversity, therefore, has been a       partnerships and new ideas to be effectively
consistent and visible theme during our activities     addressed.
over the past year.                                    However, I believe that the hard work of our expert
Diversity remains a key priority for the LDA and the   teams and the support of our stakeholders and
overall success of London. We have exceeded our        partners mean that we are well positioned to do this.
targets quite considerably this year in helping        I am confident that these partnerships really
disadvantaged groups secure a job. Within the black,   demonstrate the passion and commitment we have
Asian and minority ethnic groups we have exceeded      for London’s communities and businesses.
this by 25% and assisted almost 10% of disabled        It is this, coupled with our continuous drive for
individuals gain career opportunities.                 excellence that will help us to ensure that despite the
We worked hard to support the Mayor’s Childcare        challenges it faces, London will remain one of the
Affordability Prorgramme, creating over 7,000 places   most successful and sustainable cities in the world.
in 2006/2007, helping to increase the employment
rate for women in the capital.
In support of the London Plan and our Economic
Development Strategy we delivered a carefully
targeted vision for enterprise in London. As well as
providing guidance to businesses relocating from the
Olympic Park – the LDA remained committed to           Manny Lewis
supporting the wider business community and over       Chief Executive Officer

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            The London
            Development Agency:
            Sustaining success

Our City                                          Our commitment
The richness of its culture and the diversity     Inspired by the Mayor’s vision for London
of its people make London one of the most         the LDA exists to improve the quality of life
dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the            for all Londoners and encourage sustainable
world.                                            economic growth.
It has both a strong history as a celebrated
centre for science, art and commerce, and
an exciting future as a forward-looking city      London is one of the most successful
evolving to meet the needs of a rapidly           cities in the world. The LDA works
changing world.                                   with its partners to deliver a long term
With over 300 languages and at least 14           vision to sustain this success, and make
different faiths, London is an extraordinarily    it benefit all our communities.
diverse city, home to about half of the UK’s
black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)
population.                                    We are strong advocates of the Mayor’s
                                               vision of creating a world city based on
Despite this success London has high levels
                                               social inclusion, strong and diverse
of deprivation. It has the highest incomes,
                                               economic growth driven forward by
yet the highest levels of child poverty; the
                                               fundamental improvements in
highest house prices but the highest levels
                                               environmental management and use of
of homelessness; the fastest job creation
but the highest levels of unemployment;
the most universities, but the highest         We are at the forefront of initiatives which
number of working age people lacking basic identify and respond to the challenges that
employability skills; and the most ethnic      London faces, and which help Londoners
diversity but the highest levels of            maximise the opportunities which our city
unemployed people of ethnic descent.           creates.

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Our strategy                                    People
Our budget last year was invested in            • Tackle barriers to employment
projects outlined and prioritised in the        •   Reduce disparities in labour market
Economic Development Strategy (EDS). This           outcomes
strategy plays a pivotal role in everything
we do – from the way our programmes are         •   Address the impacts of concentrations of
structured – to the way the Mayor sets our          disadvantage
targets – to the way we report and produce
our performance statistics.                     Enterprise

Above all, this strategy is instrumental in
                                                • Address barriers to enterprise start up
                                                  growth and competitiveness
helping us put the vision into practice – and
achieve our shared vision for London – that     •   Improve the skills of the workforce
is the equitable and sustainable
development of London’s economy.
                                                •   Maintain London’s position as a key
                                                    enterprise and trading location
The EDS is divided into four themes which
are central to the work we do. These are:
                                                •   Maximise the productivity and
                                                    innovation potential of London’s
Infrastructure and places
• Deliver an improved and effective             Marketing and promotion
  infrastructure to support London’s future
                                                • Ensure a coherent approach to
                                                  marketing and promoting London
•   Deliver healthy, sustainable and
                                                •   Co-ordinate effective marketing and
    high quality communities and urban
                                                    promotion activities across London
•   Support the delivery of the London Plan
                                                •   Maintain and develop London as a top
                                                    international destination and principal
    to promote sustainable growth and
                                                    UK gateway for visitors, tourism and
    economic development

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The London Development Agency: Sustaining success

Our role                                             We report to an elected London Mayor who
The LDA is a member of the Greater London            appoints our Board Members, sets our
Authority (GLA), which comprises five                strategy, and approves our Corporate Plan
organisations – Transport for London, the            and performance targets.
Metropolitan Police Authority, the London            In addition, to our principal role in
Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,               delivering the Mayor’s Economic
and the LDA who work in partnership to               Development Strategy we have continued
deliver a variety of London-wide strategies.         to play a supporting role in the delivery of
                                                     some of his other strategies.

Mayoral Strategy                          LDA actions
Environmental Strategies                  Helping to deliver the Climate Change Action Plan.
(Air Quality, Biodiversity)
                                          We are leading on a range of new activities to address this
                                          priority focus area including the Green Homes programme and
                                          the Green Badging Scheme. This builds on an existing
                                          programme of activity including the London Climate Change
                                          Agency (LCCA), Enhance, London Environmental Support
                                          Services and zero carbon development.
Mayor’s Food Strategy:                    In 2006, we launched the Mayor’s Food Strategy; Healthy
Healthy and Sustainable food for London   and Sustainable food for London which sets a vision for London’s
                                          food system all the way to 2016. The Strategy will improve
                                          Londoners’ health, reduce health inequalities via the food they
                                          eat, support the food economy and make London’s food system
                                          more sustainable.
Health Inequalities Strategy              The LDA has been working with the GLA and a wide range of
                                          stakeholders including the Regional Public Health Group and
                                          London Health Commission to develop the Mayor’s Health
                                          Inequalities Strategy.
Waste                                     Delivering the Mayors Green Procurement Code encouraging
                                          businesses to recycle more and purchase recycled products. We
                                          have also been involved in the development of the Mayor’s
                                          Business Waste Strategy.
Childcare                                 Delivering affordable childcare through the Childcare
                                          Affordability Programme.
London Plan                               Supporting the London Plan.
Housing Strategy                          The Agency has been proactive in supporting the development
                                          of the strategy, through financial support and has created a
                                          Housing Investment Coordination Team to support the work of
                                          the Housing Investment Panel.
London Skills and Employment Strategy     The LDA is leading the development of the London Skills and
                                          Employment Strategy, on behalf of the Mayor. The strategy will
                                          be launched for public consultation in the autumn and will be
                                          finalised in the spring.
                                          The strategy is being published by the new London Skills and
                                          Employment Board, chaired by the Mayor. The LDA supports this
                                          Board by providing economic analysis, strategy and policy
                                          advice, and by co-funding its secretariat.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

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As a Regional Development Agency (RDA),
we are funded by central government,
but also accountable to both the Mayor of
London and the London Assembly.

The work we do in London is not done
in isolation – its part of a co-operative
approach with eight other RDAs in
England to make sure that our regional
achievements impact nationally.

                                         Greater London

                                        Mayor of London

                             London Assembly

            London               Transport          Metropolitan          London Fire
          Development           for London        Police Association      Emergency
             Agency                                                        Planning

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Below are just some of our
achievements since 2003

                                                 Began our work to deliver the London
                                                 Childcare Strategy
                                                 Launched LDA and ESF Objective 3

                              00               Published LDA Innovation Strategy and
                                                 Action Plan
                                                 Announced our support for London’s bid
    Led the development of the Mayor’s
                                                 to host the 2012 Olympic Games and
Second Economic Development Strategy
                                                 Paralympic Games
              Established London food,
a commission to support the sustainable
                food and drink industry
 Launched the London Thames Gateway              00
          Development and Investment
     Framework in partnership with the           Supported the winning bid to host the
       Mayor of London and the Thames            2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in
      Gateway London Partnership. The            London
       framework was the first practical
     proposal of developing sustainable          Launched the Lower Lea Regeneration
    communities in the London Thames             Strategy
                          Gateway Area           Launched Opportunities Fund Round 1
            Established Creative London          Childcare Affordability Programme
                                                 Diversity Works for London launched

     Launched the Mayors Food Strategy
Took controlling lease of National Sports
                 Centre at Crystal Palace
  Funds allocated for LDA Opportunities
                          Fund Round 1
                 LDA Opportunities Fund
                      Round 2 launched

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Reporting on our performance targets 2006/2007
The performance targets listed below report on our progress against the targets
that were set in our 2006-2009 Corporate Plan.

Output                       Definition                                   Target               Actual
Housing units                 Number of housing units facilitated*        1,600-2,000          1,789
Brownfield land reclaimed    Hectares remediated and/or total private 50-55 hectares           82
                             investment in reclaiming and                                      hectares
                             redeveloping land
Private sector leverage      Private regeneration infrastructure          £300-£350            £399
                             investment levered                           million              million
Employment Support           Number of beneficiaries accessing jobs       11,000-14,000        27,651
Childcare                    Number of childcare places supported         3,500-4,500          7,181
Skills                       Number of people assisted in their skills    28,000-32,000        43,316
                             development as a result of LDA
Basic skills                 Number of adults gaining basic skills as     2,750-3,250          3.929
                             part of the Skills for Life Strategy that
                             counts towards the skills PSA target
Level two skills             Number of adults in the workforce who        3,550-3750           3,725
                             lack a full level two or equivalent who
                             are supported in achieving at least full
                             level two or equivalent as a result of
                             LDA programmes**
Business support             Number of businesses assisted to             25,000-30,000        48,701
                             improve their performance
HE/Business collaboration    Number of businesses within the region       275-300              652
                             engaged in new collaborations with the
                             UK knowledge base
Business creation            Number of new businesses created and         1,200-1,500          1,683
                             demonstrating growth after 12 months,
                             and businesses attracted to the region
Jobs created                 Number of jobs created or safeguarded        12,500-17,500        20,031
PQQs                         Number of SMEs submitting a pre-           500-650                809
                             qualification questionnaire or equivalent
                             expression of interest for a contract as a
                             direct result of LDA support
*The LDA aims to achieve 50% affordable housing in line with London Plan Policy and Guidance.
In 2006/2007 it achieved 54%.
**Equalities targets.

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Black, Asian and minority ethnic
community beneficiaries 2006/2007                     Target              Actual
Business support                                      29%                 25%
Business creation                                     29%                 28%
Skills                                                40%                 58%
Employment support                                    40%                 65%

Disabled beneficiaries                                Target              Actual
Business support                                      5%                  1.3%
Business creation                                     5%                  1.9%
Skills                                                10%                 8.2%
Employment support                                    5%                  9.7%

Women beneficiaries                                   Target              Actual
Business support                                      15%                 19%
Business creation                                     15%                 15%
Skills                                                50%                 45%
Employment support                                    50%                 43%

1)   Business support – number of businesses assisted to improve their performance
2)   Business creation – number of new businesses created and demonstrating growth
     after 12 months and businesses attracted to the region
3)   Skills – total number of people assisted in their skills development, basic skills and
     level two skills
4)   Employment support – number of people assisted to get a job

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Our partnerships                                            We are sponsored by the Department of
                                                            Trade and Industry (DTI)*, which approves
Leading the sustainable economic
                                                            our targets. Our work is also funded by the
development of London, leveraging city
                                                            Department for Communities and Local
wide resources, building relationships and
                                                            Government (DCLG), HM Treasury,
expertise to secure and maintain London’s
                                                            Department for Environment, Food and
position as a great world city is not
                                                            Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department for
something we can do alone.
                                                            Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the
Among our partners are the 33 London                        Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
boroughs, sub-regional partnerships,
                                                            During 2006/2007, the LDA was ‘Chair of
numerous government departments, and a
                                                            Chairs’ for six months, acting as the Lead
broad range of partners from the voluntary,
                                                            RDA on behalf of the network. In this role
community, public and private sectors.
                                                            we worked to ensure that the issues faced
Together we work to identify economic
                                                            by all RDA’s were addressed, tackled and
needs and develop opportunities to plan,
                                                            resolved to assist government shape
procure and deliver effective projects to
                                                            national policy, for the benefit of all regions.
support our priorities.
The successful delivery of much of our work                 Sustaining success
depends upon strong relationships. It is
                                                            In recent years London’s economic and
only by working with our partners that we
                                                            cultural status as one of the worlds greatest
are able to engage London’s communities
                                                            cities has strengthened. During 2006/2007 it
and encourage economic regeneration.
                                                            was our job to help sustain this success for
We are resolute in our commitment to
                                                            London and for Londoners; to deliver the
continually establish new partnerships and
                                                            Mayor’s priorities; to build upon our
mobilise both the support and resources of
                                                            achievements from previous years and create
all our stakeholders.
                                                            a London that will thrive for generations to
                                                            come. This document demonstrates our
                                                            progress and our achievements.

*Note: DTI, now the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

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              The 0
              Olympic Games
              and Paralympic

               The LDA is helping to deliver the 0 Olympic
               Games and Paralympic Games for London and
               working to ensure the Games deliver benefits
               for Londoners.

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Olympic Games and                                Our dual roles
Paralympic Games:                                We are responsible for acquiring the land
a year in focus                                  necessary for the construction of the
                                                 Olympic Park; leading on its legacy
• Hand over of the Olympic park to the
                                                 development and long-term regeneration
  Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
                                                 of the area.
• Launch of LEST – London Employment
                                                 Secondly, our role is to help all Londoners
  and Skills Taskforce
                                                 access the employment and enterprise
• Pilot of the Employer Accord                   opportunities which the Games will bring
                                                 and by doing so leave a lasting social and
• Launch of the Local Employment and
                                                 economic legacy.
  Training Framework (LETF)
• Pilot of the Pre-Volunteer Programme

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The 2012 Games: Who does what?

                                   Olympic Board                          IOC
                          Central Government, Mayor of London
                            BOA and London 2012 Organising

                  ODA                            London 2012 Organising
            Delivers new venues,                      Committee
        transport and infrastructure             Prepares for and stages the Games

              Land Assembly
         Park Legacy Development
                                                   Delivering London’s transport
        Maximising economical and
         social benefits in London

The London 2012 Organising Committee
                                                       Olympic Park
Organises, publicises and stages the
                                                       One of our major achievements over the
2012 Games.
                                                       past twelve months has been the
                                                       acquisition of the land required for the
The Olympic Delivery Authority
                                                       construction of the Olympic Park.
A government body responsible for
delivering the new venues, transport and               In July 2007, we formally handed the land
infrastructure for the 2012 Games.                     over to the Olympic Delivery Authority
                                                       (ODA) on time and to budget-five years
Government                                             before the start of the 2012 Games.
The Department of Culture Media and Sport The LDA supported 189 businesses to move
(DCMS) is responsible for delivering the       by the end of July with almost all having
Games, working closely with core partners. successfully relocated securing over 4,500
                                               jobs on site. The Agency has also supported
The Mayor of London                            425 residents, 35 traveller families and 64
Oversees the work of the Greater London        allotment holders to find new homes and
Authority group which includes LDA and         premises nearby. We have provided
TfL and their specific responsibilities to the compensation and a fair market price for the
delivery of the Olympic project.               land but also offered a wide range of services
                                               so that business can take advantage of the
                                               opportunities a move can bring.

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The 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Bywaters, a leading waste management              The Olympic opportunity
and recycling provider employing 250
                                                  This is the first time a regeneration project
people, opted to leave its current three sites
                                                  has been at the heart of the Olympic Games
and relocate to a single state of the art
                                                  and Paralympic Games. The area around
facility. By doing so it expects to grow its
                                                  the Olympic Park is characterised by
business and create an extra 100 jobs.
                                                  worklessness and child poverty, and the
Some businesses have chosen to move to            number of people without qualifications in
state of the art business parks specifically      the region is well above the London average.
developed by the LDA to re-house
                                                  Yet this is an area with exceptional
businesses moving from the Olympic Park.
                                                  potential. The population is much younger
We have been working with local residents,        than the UK average. The proximity to
like those at Clays Lane, to identify suitable    London’s commercial centre gives it huge
alternative accommodation. Residents              advantages. The River Lea, alongside a
have also received independent advice and         network of canals and other waterways,
compensation. By the end of March 2007,           offers accessibility and the potential for a
over three quarters of Clays Lane residents       high quality natural environment.
had moved into new homes. By July 2007
                                                  By combining the Olympic ideals with plans
all residents had left the Clays Lane Estate.
                                                  to regenerate the area, we can turn a once
We have worked with the Manor Gardens             in a lifetime opportunity into a lifelong
Allotment Society to secure a new,                legacy. An opportunity to create new homes
temporary home for the allotments less            for London’s growing population; an
than a mile from their current site.              opportunity to support the economy with
Allotment holders are also receiving              new business space; an opportunity to help
compensation and new facilities on this           transform an area of London, which has not
site. After the 2012 Games, the allotments        shared in the city’s recent success.
will be re-instated in the park which will be
                                                  The Games will be the catalyst for the wider
the largest new urban park in Western
                                                  regeneration strategy for East London,
Europe for 150 years.
                                                  bringing up to 40,000 new homes and
                                                  50,000 jobs to the Lower Lea Valley. The
                                                  fixed timetable for delivery, the dedicated
                                                  funding the 2012 Olympic Games and
“In July 007, we formally                        Paralympic Games brings, and the work of
                                                  the LDA on delivering the skills and training
handed the land over to the                       agenda, mean that regeneration will be
Olympic Delivery Authority                        deeper, more rapid and more sustainable.
(ODA) on time and to budget –
five years before the start of
the 0 Games.”

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                       LDA Olympic activity
                       All our deliverables for the 2012 Olympic               maximise the new business opportunities
                       Games and Paralympic Games fit within                   that emerge from the Games, encourage
                       the four themes of our Economic                         healthy competition and ensure that in the
                       Development Strategy. Placing them within               long term London has a stronger skilled
                       the context of our other work will help us to           workforce.

Places and Infrastructure                     People                       Enterprise               Marketing and Promotion

Land assembly to enable            Maximise local and wider        Maximise benefits of staging    Use the catalyst of the London
construction of Olympic Park       economic benefits for           the 2012 Games for London’s     games to produce lasting
and legacy development.            London’s people.                diverse business community.     improvements in London’s
                                                                                                   promotion and visitor offer.

Land assembly through CPO          LEST Action Plan 2012           Business Opportunities          Future London Emerging
and private negotiations.          Pre‑Volunteer Programme         Network.                        Markets London Unlimited.
Identifying and delivering         Employer Accord                 Community & Business            DCMS Tourism 2012 Strategy.
relocation sites for businesses,   Opportunities Fund.             Engagement Plan.                London Tourism Vision and
residents and other occupiers.     Pan‑London guidance and         Supply chain support.           Action Plan Inc.
Facilitating powerline             brokerage confederation.                                        Visit London.
                                                                   “Invest 2012” Programme.
undergrounding (novated to         Local Employment and                                            Events for London.
                                                                   Big business engagement.
ODA November 2006).                Training Framework
                                                                                                   Building the visitor welcome.
Facilitating site enabling and     Construction skills training.
                                                                                                   Improving accessibility and
remediation works (novated         Local Labour and Business
to ODA February 2007).             Scheme (LLaBs).
                                                                                                   Sub‑regional tourism
Business relocation support.       City Strategy Pilots.
Lower Lea Regeneration
Legacy Masterplan
Work with ODA and GLA to
develop robust park and
venue legacy.

                           Promoting environmentally sustainable and innovative 2012 Games.
                                            London 2012 Sustainability Plan.
                                Long‑term management of Olympic Park/Venue legacy.
                                               Sustainable Procurement.
            Promoting environmentally sustainable business practices and capacity building enviromental sector.

                                                                                          Regional Delivery
                                                                   EDS Theme                                           Activity
                                                                                          Plan objective

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0   LDA Annual Report and Accounts 2006/2007
        The Sprint Project

        Name of Project                                  qualifications in everything from social
        The Sprint Project                               work skills to athletics coaching.
        Date the Project was launched                    It enables community sports coaches, youth
        January 2007                                     sport officers, youth workers, activity
                                                         leaders, community development officers
        Length of Project
                                                         and outreach officers, with technical
        Two years
                                                         coaching skills, knowledge and information
        About the Project                                that they need to deliver a credible sports
        Funded by the LDA, the Sprint Project is an      programme to young people.
        Olympic-inspired initiative, aimed at reaching
                                                         Offering over 40 courses, it combines
        some of London’s most vulnerable young
                                                         traditional training coaching certificates
        people by developing the skills of those
                                                         with other incredibly valuable ones,
        working in youth and community sports.
                                                         including Understanding Eating Disorders,
        Managed by the London Community Sports           Working with Gangs, Substance Misuse,
        Network (LGSN), this training initiative         Tackling Bullying and Basic Counselling,
        offers 500 places for people who deliver, or     alongside traditional sports coaching
        wish to deliver community sports schemes         certificates.
        to young people, offering NVQ

“At the moment the programme has the
potential not just to fill skills gaps within
the sector but actually raise the skills
levels across the sector as a whole.”
Sangita Patel, London Community Sports Network (LCSN)

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The 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games

Legacy development                               across 11 of London’s most deprived
                                                 boroughs, including the five host boroughs.
The LDA is working closely with the
Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to plan         The London Employer Accord is a ‘deal’
for the post 2012 development of the             between employers and the public sector to
Olympic Park and its surroundings. As part       ensure vacancies and interviews are offered
of this work the two organisations are           to job seekers in return for improved
working in collaboration with the host           industry-relevant training and employment
boroughs, the GLA, central government            support. Major companies like M&S, BT and
and other partners to develop the Legacy         Transport for London are already signed up,
Masterplan Framework (LMF). This                 and it is expected to help 5,000 people
framework will inform the detailed legacy        into work.
plans and planning submissions for the           The London Business Network will provide
post 2012 Games Park and the Lower               information and intelligence on Games
Lea Valley.                                      related contracts, much of it via the
With the land handed over to the ODA,            internet, and will assist SMEs to get ready
2006/2007 has also seen us make                  to supply goods and services necessary for
significant achievements in delivering a         the 2012 Games, signposting them
lasting legacy. The LDA working closely          towards our business support programmes,
with our partners has embarked on a range        which can help them gain access to
of initiatives to ensure that individuals,       numerous contract opportunities.
community groups and businesses are in           The second round of the LDA Opportunities
the best possible position to make the most      Fund included a London 2012 Games-
of the Games and their economic and              related theme worth £11m over 3 years
social legacy.                                   from April 2007. The fund is particularly
The LDA is a key player in the London            aimed at projects helping the capital’s most
Employment and Skills Taskforce for 2012         disadvantaged and excluded communities,
(LEST), set up to tackle London’s                and we estimate that 2,500 disabled
worklessness problem and to improve the          Londoners, 6,800 black, Asian and ethnic
productivity of the Capital’s workforce.         minority Londoners, and 5,400 women will
                                                 benefit from the wide ranging initiatives
The Pre-Volunteer Programme, one of the          the fund supports.
key activities to come out of LEST, will
engage with up to 20,000 people offering
the opportunity to gain a nationally
recognised qualification and a chance to
become volunteers during the Games.              The LDA is a key player in the London
Working with local authorities to identify       Employment and Skills Taskforce for 0
and target disadvantaged groups, this
carefully constructed programme will use
                                                 (LEST) set up to tackle London’s
the catalyst of the 2012 Games to                worklessness problem and to improve the
encourage transferable employment skills.        productivity of the capital’s workforce.
A series of pilots have been rolled out

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The Local Employment and Training                Sustaining success
Framework (LETF) is a job brokerage and
                                                 Acquiring the land in 2006/2007 was a
employment outreach programme
                                                 major milestone in delivering the legacy
specifically designed to help those who live
                                                 development of the Olympic Park in the
in the five host boroughs – Greenwich,
                                                 build up to 2012. The programme of
Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and
                                                 initiatives launched last year is aimed at
Waltham Forest. This will establish a series
                                                 sustaining this success, by tackling
of schemes providing one-to-one support
                                                 worklessness whilst providing business
and advice, access to basic skills and
                                                 support and skills training. We are and will
training for local job seekers and local small
                                                 continue to work with the five host
and medium sized enterprise.
                                                 boroughs and our partners so that London,
Opportunities for local people are already       the city and its people benefit from the
being delivered. For example in Newham           Games long after 2012.
there are already over 100 local employees,
about 25% of the workforce, working to
underground the overhead power lines in
preparation for the Games.

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       Investment in
       and places
       As London’s population and economy continues
       to grow, it is critical that London’s transport,
       housing, business premises and public spaces
       meet the ever increasing demands of its people.

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Investment in infrastructure and places

2006/2007 Infrastructure and                      city with a sustainable economy and
                                                  environment. The LDA has an important
Places in focus                                   role to support and help deliver this plan.
• Funding issued for LDA Opportunities
  Fund Round 1 and launch of Round 2              During his second term in office, the Mayor
                                                  committed to reviewing the London Plan.
• Wembley Stadium and new stations                This review is well underway and we
  opened                                          continue to work with the GLA as the London
• 1,789 new housing units facilitated             Plan Review moves into an Examination in
                                                  Public through summer 2007.
• 82 hectares of Brownfield land reclaimed
                                                  London’s prosperity has given the city a
• The Lower Lea Valley Regeneration               remarkable opportunity to invest in its own
  Strategy launched                               future to build not only with careful
• Creation of Design for London                   thought and consultation, but with flair
                                                  and vision.

This year we have continued to build upon         The LDA has lead or played a pivotal role in
our strong relationships with partners            a large number of the major projects
across all regions and sectors of London to       highlighted in this section, including setting
ensure that the LDA delivers the Mayor’s          the standard for environmental initiatives,
vision of creating an exemplary, sustainable      such as zero carbon development. In this
world city.                                       way we aim not only to sustain London’s
                                                  economic success, but also to improve the
The upward trend in London’s growth is            quality of life for Londoners.
continuing. Not only is London’s population
expected to rise by 800,000 between now           Sustainable homes in sustainable places
and 2016, but 636,000 new jobs are                In July 2006, the Government set out their
anticipated as well.                              proposals for the transfer of housing
Whilst this rapid expansion of population         powers to the Mayor. The LDA has played a
and jobs is a testament to London’s success       vital role in supporting the GLA to produce
as a world city, it does place huge strains on    the Mayor’s first Draft Housing Strategy
the capital’s physical and social                 and create the new governance structures
infrastructure.                                   necessary to implement the Mayor’s new
                                                  powers. The Agency has supported the
Faced with these challenges, the Mayor of         publication of the Mayor’s housing strategy
London produced the London Plan and, in           consultation paper in November 2006 and
2006/2007 began the process of reviewing          a housing strategy consultation conference
it. This spatial strategy for the London          event in March 2007 chaired by Manny
region has helped ensure that any future          Lewis, Chief Executive of the LDA, and
growth for our capital is channelled into the     addressed by Yvette Cooper MP,
areas that are most appropriate. By making        Communities Minister of State and Ken
better use of the capital’s key resources the     Livingstone, Mayor of London. The final
London Plan seeks to create an inclusive          Draft Strategy is expected to be published

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Building Work
for Women
Name of Project                             employers, public sector organisations and
Building Work for Women                     tradeswomen to provide and develop
(part of Women and Manual Trades)           programmes and services that address the
                                            issues that prevent women entering or
Date the Project was launched
                                            continuing to work in trades which are
January 2007
                                            traditionally male dominated.
Length of Project
                                            Over the course of three years, the BWW
Three years
                                            programme, seeks to provide help for
About the Project                           50 women in the greater London area,
The Building Work for Women (BWW)           by providing them with the practical
Programme, is an initiative funded by the   experience they need to find work in the
LDA, forming part of Women and Manual       construction industry. This includes a
Trades (WAMT), a totally unique scheme,     13-week work placement, in which BWW
founded in 1975.                            provides women with tools, personal
                                            protection equipment, health and safety
The overall WAMT initiative works in
                                            training, driving lessons and even support
partnership with training bodies,
                                            with travel and childcare expenses.

 “Within the first week of
the placement I felt like I’d
learned more on site than in
a whole year at college. It’s
really taken away the fear!!”
Susan Robinson, Qualified Plumber on
work placement

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in September 2007. The LDA has also              from direct and indirect interventions
contributed to the work of the Mayor’s           undertaken in previous years, principally
Housing Investment Panel which is                from our land interventions and legacy
responsible for helping the Mayor decide         programmes such as the Single
London’s housing investment priorities.          Regeneration Budget.
The LDA’s new Housing Investment Team            But it’s not just about numbers – the LDA
will help coordinate housing investment,         is working with partners and running
increasing London’s capacity to deliver new      initiatives to improve quality and
and affordable homes, leveraging                 sustainability, while reducing
additional socio-economic investment to          environmental impact. 2006/2007 saw
support the creation of sustainable              the creation of Design for London (DfL),
communities. This role complements the           the Mayor’s and the GLA’s family shared
significant amount of new housing that           resource to advise on and improve the built
will be developed on land in the LDA’s           environment. The LDA is joint funder of DfL
ownership. Our work has focused                  and provides accommodation for the team
predominantly on the Thames Gateway              in its Palestra offices.
and North London Growth Areas, as well as
                                                 2006/2007 saw the LDA reach significant
other Mayoral priority locations. This
                                                 milestones on several of our key sites.
approach will help us to ensure that we
facilitate a ‘joined up’ approach to housing
against other development priorities such
as enterprise, employment and skills, and
childcare.                                       In 006/007 the LDA helped
In 2006/2007 the LDA helped to facilitate        to facilitate ,7 housing units
1,789 housing units, meeting our target          meeting our target commitment of
commitment of between 1,600 to 2,000             between ,600 to ,000 units.
units. These outputs have been generated

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• Royal Arsenal, a high quality 40 hectare       Thames Gateway. This statement clearly
  development has kick-started the wider         sets out the rationale for investment and
  regeneration of Woolwich Town Centre.          identifies the four key sites that will drive
  The LDA acquired the final piece of land       economic growth: Stratford City, Ebbsfleet,
  adjoining the site during 2006/2007            Shellhaven and Canary Wharf (where
  and it is anticipated that around 2,500        Government commitment to Crossrail is
  more new homes will be built, along with       vital to enable continued expansion).
  leisure facilities, restaurants, commercial
                                                 The potential for the Thames Gateway is
  space and offices
                                                 huge. 100,000 new homes, 180,000 new
• Zero/low carbon development on LDA             jobs, many in high value-added sectors, and
  land. Another major regeneration               a £12 billion increase in Gross Value Added
  project we are committed to is the Royal       (GVA).
  Albert Basin Scheme which will lead the
                                                 The LDA is also working to place the Thames
  development of over 1,500 market and
                                                 Gateway at the forefront of environmental
  affordable homes. The LDA secured Crest
                                                 innovation. The scale of development in the
  Nicholson, BioRegional Quintain and
                                                 Gateway offers a tremendous opportunity
  Southern Housing Group as the preferred
                                                 to make these technologies more
  development partners for the Gallions
                                                 economically viable and thereby increase
  Park net zero carbon development,
                                                 the speed they can be developed and used
  delivering over 230 residential units
                                                 by other areas.
  with a decentralised combined heat and
  power plant                                    The principle of environmental innovation is
                                                 strongly supported by Central Government
• Planning permission was secured for the
                                                 as we have established Gallions Park to be
  Dalston Junction Transport Interchange
                                                 the LDA’s first net zero-carbon development.
  in the London Borough of Hackney and
  enabling work began on the East London
  Station in September 2006                      Olympics
                                                 The opportunity to transform the Lower Lea
Thames Gateway                                   Valley lies at the heart of the Olympic legacy.
Just under half of London’s future housing       In May, the Lower Lea Regeneration
capacity is located in the East London           Strategy was launched by the Mayor of
boroughs. Within this sub-region is the          London, LDA and DCLG –Department for
London Thames Gateway Growth Area,               Communities and Local Government and
where the GLA has identified capacity for        based on a shared vision – to transform the
100,000 new homes for the period 2001            Lower Lea Valley into a vibrant, high quality
to 2016.                                         and sustainable mixed use area. It will be a
                                                 district set within an unrivalled landscape
During 2006/2007 the LDA played a
                                                 that contains a new high quality parkland
significant role in raising the profile of the
                                                 and water features.
Thames Gateway project. This included
making the economic case for investment,         The strategy aims to create between 30,000
establishing firmer targets and improving        and 40,000 new homes and 50,000 new
co-ordination with and between public and        jobs, harnessing the Valley’s unique natural
private sector partners.                         environment of canals, waterways and green
                                                 spaces to create a ‘water city’. It will leave a
Furthermore, the LDA also worked with
                                                 legacy of environmental improvements that
neighbouring RDAs, South East
                                                 will make this area of London a destination
Development Agency (SEEDA) and the East
                                                 of choice to live and work.
of England Development Agency (EEDA) to
prepare an economic statement for the

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Transport                                           has reduced rapidly from 4,509 hectares
The tangible benefits of projects like the          in 2001 to 3,080 in 2005.
Thames Gateway will only be realised if we        • London’s Brownfield land is reducing
are able to provide a reliable, accessible          much more quickly than the rest of the
transport system. The LDA is supporting             country.
plans to improve the transport system right
across London and are working closely with          – Brownfield land currently in use, but
TfL on planning for key interchanges and              available for redevelopment has fallen
where our projects have the potential to              by 24% in London since 2001, yet
improve accessibility.                                increased nationally by 10%.

The LDA continues to back Crossrail as a            – Vacant and derelict Brownfield land
major driver for regeneration and economic            available for redevelopment has fallen
growth. It will link up four of the UK’s              by 38% in London since 1998 but
economic powerhouses – City of London,                reduced by only 5% nationally.
Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow,          The Stage 1 Report was presented to the
currently representing around 850,000             London Assembly in January 2007. The
jobs. Whilst Crossrail’s funding remains          findings of the report will go some way in
unconfirmed at this stage it has the              informing Stages 2 and 3 of the Brownfield
potential to increase London’s prosperity         Sites Review. This review will aim to
and provide extra infrastructure capacity to      investigate the ways in which Brownfield
accommodate rapid growth.                         land in London can be accessed quicker,
There have been major steps forward on the        especially where it has remained unused or
building of the East London Line Extension.       under utilised for long periods of time.
The Channel Tunnel Rail link to Kings Cross       The LDA has identified key partners to be
is due to open this year. Funding has been        engaged in the steering group and
allocated as part of the Rail Strategy to         stakeholder group for Stage 2 of the review
increase trains on the C2C and South Eastern      and we will work with them in achieving
Lines from 8 to 12 cars and a commitment          our objectives. Stage 2 will incorporate
to improvements to Thameslink.                    three separate components:

Brownfield Sites                                  • 2A. Developing best practice guidance for
                                                    redeveloping Brownfield land in London
Following the London Assembly’s inquiry
into the availability of Brownfield land for      • 2B. Developing an accurate database of
development in London (‘Dereliction of              Brownfield land in London
Duty’ report, 2005) the LDA has produced
                                                  • 2C. Developing a framework and
the ‘London Brownfield Sites Review (Stage
                                                    associated forward action plan (reviewed
1 Report).’
                                                    regularly) that prioritises specific
This Review highlighted a number of key             Brownfield sites for redevelopment
trends affecting the development of                 based on short, medium and long term
Brownfield land.                                    priorities in consultation with key
• The total amount of Brownfield land
  available for redevelopment in London

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Stage 2 of the review will be completed by        Round 1 secured the following investments:
the end of 2007/2008.
                                                  • £650,000 to Brent where small shops
                                                    and businesses in Willesden and
Crystal Palace Park
                                                    Wembley received training, promotion
Crystal Palace Park is a much-loved historic        and environmental improvements to
treasure in the heart of south London.              make them more competitive
Following negotiations between the LDA,
the London Borough of Bromley (LBB) and           • £820,000 to Redbridge helping small
Sport England, the LDA took over the lease          businesses and the marketing of the
of the park’s National Sports Centre in             town centre
March 2006 and has an option to take over         • £1.4 million to Finsbury Park helping
the rest of the Park by 2009.                       businesses with marketing and
The vision shared by all of those involved          customer care
was to repair and rejuvenate the area,            • £8,000 to Mitcham where 100 traders
creating a 21st-century metropolitan park           received training and business advice
for local people, sports people and the public.
                                                  Following the success of Round 1, we were
Following extensive public consultation           pleased to launch Round 2 this year. We
and draft planning we appointed the               have actively encouraged applications from
multiple award-winning landscape                  local, third-party sector organisations and
architects Latz and Partners as the ‘master       in particular minority-led groups. There
planner’ for Crystal Palace Park in August        was an excellent response, with 821 initial
2006. The plan, taking approximately one          expressions of interest, which were
year to complete forms the basis of a             reviewed through an open and competitive
planning application to the London                two stage bidding process, to 70 approved
Borough of Bromley.                               projects.
The LDA also came to the aid of the Crystal       With £28.5 million pounds funding
Palace swimming pool in July 2006.                available to these projects over the next
Representing one of only two 50-metre             three years 30,000 Londoners are set to
Olympic sized pools in London, it needed          find work or attain new skills and 3,000
urgent investment in its pumping system to        new and existing London businesses will
remain open. The LDA is now responsible for       also benefit.
retaining its existing building, so that it
plays a key role in the 2012 Games.               The new round of awards also gave us an
                                                  opportunity to refocus the investment
LDA Opportunities Fund                            themes as highlighted in the other sections,
                                                  such as the Olympic theme, with 27 of the
The LDA Opportunities Fund Round 1
                                                  70 approved schemes helping local
supported a wide range of innovative,
                                                  communities access the benefits of
infrastructure projects designed to
                                                  the Games.
eliminate pockets of deprivation through
training, business support, and town centre
regeneration. Many of the projects were led
by community and voluntary organisations
with extensive local knowledge.

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In total, it is planned that these projects will
provide training and employment support
for more than 14,000 women, 5,000
disabled people and 15,000 people from
BAME groups.

The LDA played a major role, on behalf of
the Mayor of London, in brokering the
partnerships and agreements to make the
new stadium and the developments around
it possible. To this end, it used its funding
and influence to help secure investment
from a range of public and private sector
partners to ensure that the stadium acts as
a catalyst for regenerating the wider area.
Indeed, the stadium and the developments
around it are fast becoming a major success
story for London. A great deal of that
success is down to the strength of
partnership between the range of public
and private bodies involved in the project.
The LDA and Transport for London are
playing key roles in delivering, on the
Mayor’s behalf, the transport
improvements vital to Wembley’s
continuing success. This work includes
major upgrades of the three stations
serving the area: Wembley Park Station,
Wembley Stadium Station and Wembley
Central Station.

Sustaining success
During 2006/2007 whilst some projects
neared completion others were just being
launched. We have provided new transport
and infrastructure facilities that are
benefiting people today. The success of
these projects will be sustained as we drive
forward and continue to support London’s
growing economy and population.

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     in people
     London’s success is built on the talent and
     hard work of its people, yet too many
     Londoners do not have the opportunity to
     share in its success.

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Investment in people

2006/2007 People in focus                         This is partly due to a skills mismatch and
                                                  long standing barriers and complex issues
• 7,181 childcare places supported
                                                  which must be confronted. Tackling
• 3,611 businesses benefited from                 unemployment, or worklessness, is a key
  Hospitality Leisure Travel and Tourism          priority, an economic problem and a major
  (HLTT)                                          social issue.
• 27,251 beneficiaries accessing jobs             There is particularly high worklessness in
                                                  certain disadvantaged communities, many
• Rise in employment rates in London’s
                                                  with a high proportion of black, Asian and
  most deprived boroughs
                                                  minority ethnic (BAME) population. Those
• Skills shortage lower in 2006 than              individuals suffering from worklessness are
  in 2005                                         also likely to experience high levels of
                                                  poverty, low quality environments, poor
                                                  health, social exclusion and high levels
Investing in people, knowledge and skills is      of crime.
a vital part of the Mayor’s vision to achieve
                                                  Given that London’s working age
sustained economic growth and social
                                                  population is growing rapidly, it is
inclusion for all.
                                                  becoming increasingly important that
The productivity of the average London            worklessness is successfully addressed
employee is more than 20% higher than             otherwise many Londoners potential will
their UK counterparts and the London              go untapped – not only a personal tragedy
economy continues to grow above trend             for those individuals but damaging to
and faster than the UK as a whole. London         London’s economic and social capacity.
Annual Business Survey (LABS) 2006 shows
                                                  The issues are overlapping and the means
that despite larger skill shortages than
                                                  of tackling them difficult. However, doing so
2003 and 2004, skill shortages are actually
                                                  is at the heart of our work and we have
lower than the previous year – 2005).
                                                  brought new ideas, partnerships and
Over 30% of working age adults in London          resources to the challenge.
are not in work and London’s employment
rate remains more than 5 percentage
points below that for the UK as a whole,
with no sign of the gap diminishing.

Over 0% of working age adults in London
are not in work.

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Kings Cross and Finsbury
Park Employment Package
Name of Project                                Delivering employment support to over
Kings Cross and Finsbury Park Employment       4,000 residents in Kings Cross and
Package                                        Finsbury Park, this initiative combines
                                               a range of activities, including the
Date the Project was launched
                                               ‘employment shop’ scheme.
                                               In one specific activity, residents have a
Length of Project
                                               1:1 assessment and receive advice from
Three years
                                               a project worker, who not only liaises with
About the Project                              employers to identify the most suitable
Funded by the LDA and delivered by the         job, but may also suggest training courses
London Boroughs of Camden and Islington,       covering everything from basic skills
the project targets local people giving them   to sector specific courses for the
access to job opportunities.                   construction industry.

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Investment in people

Although, the past 12 months have shown                                                                        • Employment rates for disadvantaged
little improvement, it’s important to note                                                                       areas have increased by more than
the following.                                                                                                   that of London as a whole and the gap
                                                                                                                 between the two is at its lowest for
• The employment rates across London’s
                                                                                                                 15 years
  7 most deprived boroughs have risen


Employment rate (%)



                      55.0                                                                                               Disadvantaged areas
                             Q4 1992

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                                                 Q4 1994

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                                                                     Q4 1996

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                                                                                         Year to
 Source: EDS Snapshot July 2007

Our partners                                                                                                   1. Improving skills
The LDA addresses the Mayor’s and                                                                              Over the last twelve months we have
Government objectives in this area and                                                                         worked with a variety of partners to deliver
engages with the London boroughs to                                                                            community or sector specific training
coordinate a holistic approach to London’s                                                                     and skills.
                                                                                                               For example, the LDA’s Hospitality,
We work with our key funding partners and                                                                      Leisure, Travel and Tourism (HLTT)
agencies, organisations like the                                                                               programme supports training and
Government Office London, the Learning                                                                         employment opportunities in economically
and Skills Councils (LSCs) and Job Centre                                                                      inactive communities. Now in its second
Plus. We work with the voluntary and                                                                           year, it has delivered learning interventions
community sector and have allocated                                                                            to 1,661 participants (with 88 having now
funding via the LDA Opportunities Fund,                                                                        completed a level 2 qualification). The
ESF and other discretionary budgets to                                                                         programme has enabled 193 people to
support a wide range of projects,                                                                              secure employment within the industry
particularly for those communities which                                                                       and 3,611 businesses have received
are most excluded from the labour market.                                                                      valuable support and advice.

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The London European Social Fund (ESF)          The Embedding Basic Skills in Local
Global Grants Programme has made a             Authorities pan-London programme
vital contribution by directly supporting      supports LAs to develop a training strategy
people from disadvantaged communities          to support their staff in Skills for Life
and groups, helping them participate in        (Numeracy, Literacy and Language)
learning and employment.                       training. In 2006, the LDA began supporting
                                               11 LAs across London targeting over
Under the direction of a consortium of
                                               400 employees.
partners, including the LDA, London
Councils, LSC and Community and                We have also been working with businesses
Voluntary Sector representatives, the          to encourage them to employ disadvantaged
programme provides small grants of up to       Londoners from local communities.
£10,000 to small voluntary and community       Coinciding with our move to new
organisations, who use them to engage          headquarters in Southwark, we worked
with disadvantaged groups and provide          with the South Bank Employer’s Group to
them with personalised support, training       develop specific skills training, which would
and employability skills.                      not only help local people into jobs, but help
                                               employers recruit ‘job ready’ staff.
With an overall programme budget of
£11.85 million, the LDA is a principal match   Overall, in terms of a direct contribution,
funder, helping to shape the priorities and    we will invest £16 million in skills
methods for distribution of the yearly         programmes that maximise the inclusion
grants across London.                          of the most disadvantaged people in the
                                               London labour market.
The LDA has also put in place a number of
schemes aimed at those already in work,        In recognition of the importance of
but who lack the skills to maintain or         teaching basic skills to Londoners and
develop their employment potential.            support them back into work, we have
                                               developed TALENT. This three year project
The One Railway customised training
                                               is a partnership with the Learning and Skills
programme has provided 100 training
                                               Council, and the Basic Skills Agency. It
opportunities in the transport sector.
                                               increases the supply of qualified literacy,
The LDA has worked closely with One
                                               numeracy and ESOL (English Speakers of
Railway to up-skill the existing workforce,
                                               Other Languages) teachers in London by
with particular focus on their BAME and
                                               providing initial and further training for
female employees.
                                               new and existing teachers. The project has
Within Local Authorities (LAs) we found        produced 1,214 fully and partially qualified
that BAME employees, and those workers         teachers over a three year period.
with no qualifications, are over-represented
in low level and manual jobs. LAs are
also the largest employer in most
London boroughs.

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The Mayor’s Childcare Affordability
Programme (CAP) supported over
7,000 places in 006/007.

The past year has also seen us launch                The LDA Opportunities Fund shows how our
BOOST, an innovative project that provided           work touches on all themes of the EDS.
access to skills for life (basic skills) provision   More information on the LDA Opportunities
in hard to reach communities. It is a local          Fund can be found within this document in
labour scheme supporting residents from              the Infrastructure and Places, Olympic
the 5 host boroughs to gain access, support          Sections. For further information please go
and training for other olympic related               to
employment opportunities. As well as
                                                     The fact that employment rates for women
training existing library staff in basic skills
                                                     with dependent children are significantly
awareness, BOOST trained some as tutors
                                                     lower in London than in the rest of the UK,
enabling them to provide basic skills
                                                     particularly for BAME groups, is a stark
training in library venues. The pilot scheme
                                                     reminder there is much work to do. This is
launched in 2006 has supported 361
                                                     not only lowering the potential strength of
individuals and is currently being rolled out
                                                     London’s workforce, it is denying many
across the rest of London.
                                                     families the opportunity to increase their
                                                     income and help them out of poverty.
2. Tackling barriers to
                                                     We estimate that London’s economic
employment                                           output would be £1.5 billion higher if
Tackling worklessness is as much about               employment rates for women with children
creating opportunities as it is about providing      were the same as the rest of the UK.
people with the skills they need.                    Currently, childcare costs are 30% higher in
The LDA Opportunities Fund directly                  London than elsewhere in the UK.
contributes to our efforts in tackling               To address this imbalance, the LDA in
worklessness among different ethnic                  conjunction with the Mayor have developed
groups. The fund provides grants to support          four schemes which complement each
a range of innovative and pilot projects             other to create a stronger infrastructure and
across London.                                       childcare programme in London.
There are currently 92 projects that are             The Mayor’s Childcare Affordability
funded under the LDA Opportunities Fund              Programme (CAP) supported over 7,000
(Round 1) programme. Out of the 57                   places in 2006/2007 and is well on its way
projects that provided skills training and           to its three year target of creating 10,000
employment support, 53 are BAME led.                 places. CAP is the largest regional childcare
After an open bidding process the LDA                programme of its kind in England, providing
awarded grants for Round 2 of the LDA                £33 million towards good affordable
Opportunities Fund. The Olympic theme                childcare for lower income parents.
lies at the heart of 27 of 70 approved
projects. Examples include schemes which
focus on improving language skills, helping
local businesses win contracts and getting
local people into employment within the
construction industry.

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Since 2006, through the Childcare Business       Where flexibility is a barrier to employment,
and Skills Programme, we have continued          it is often found that people with suitable
to support childcare businesses and improve      skills are being excluded from the labour
the sustainability and quality of childcare      market. This is particularly so in the
provision. This programme, set to continue       professions where there is global
until 2008, has focused on training new          marketability, such as telecommunications,
staff, professional development for existing     financial services, health and legal services.
staff and business support for providers.        To this end, the LDA has commissioned
                                                 research into Flexible Working Practices
Similarly, the Childcare Capital Investment
                                                 and will use this as a springboard for
Programme has continued to support the
                                                 greater discussion on the benefits.
growth of childcare provision in London
through new buildings, extensions and
refurbishments since 2006. This                  3. Addressing the
programme, which will continue until             concentrations of
2008, will support the growth of extended        disadvantage
schools provision, including catering for
                                                 Currently there is a gap of 15 percentage
children with special needs.
                                                 points between the employment rate of
The Childcare Marketing and Intelligence         London’s black, Asian and minority ethnic
Programme will provide parents with the          groups and the employment rate for the
pan-London information they need to make         city’s white ethnic group. At the same time,
an informed choice on which childcare            women are still finding themselves under-
provision meets their needs.                     represented in the labour market with their
                                                 average employment rate at around six
Our work in childcare fully demonstrates
                                                 percentage points below the rate for London
our commitment to tackling the barriers
                                                 as a whole. The same goes for the average
to employment practically. We are also
                                                 employment rate for disabled people in
mindful that a high quality workforce
                                                 London. The rate increased by five percentage
flourishes in an environment that respects
                                                 points from 40% in 2005/2006.
the needs and backgrounds of individuals
from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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To reduce these disparities between            Therefore, a key project is the Strategic
different groups, the LDA and the European     Action Plan for English Speakers of Other
Social Fund (ESF) have co-financed a           Languages. This scheme, developed by
number of projects to strengthen London’s      London Skills Commission partners,
labour market. The projects covering           promotes a joint strategic approach to
training, employment and research, tackle      addressing London’s ESOL needs. Work is
some of the hurdles encountered by the         now being carried out to incorporate literacy,
city’s economically excluded groups.           numeracy and key skills into our Skills for Life
                                               Strategic Action Plan for London.
Launched in 2006, the LDA Skills and
Employment Programme provides over
£16 million to support the inclusion of        Sustaining success
disadvantaged individuals and improve the      Although the employment rate in London
productivity of businesses. Over the course    remains stubbornly low, we have continued
of two years, the programme will continue      to rise to this challenge, are constantly
to focus on funding for skills, employment     learning from our previous work and
support and assistance to businesses.          finding new ways on the ground to
                                               support Londoners.
There are an estimated 600,000 people of
working age in London with varying levels
of ESOL needs. However, only an estimated
125,000 people currently have access to
ESOL learning. This is particularly relevant
when you consider that for 21% of
Londoners English is a second language and
19% have not achieved the level of literacy,
numeracy, or key skills expected from an
11 year old.
One of the most marked changes in
London’s population in recent years has
been the increase in the black African
population, growing by 215,000 residents,
(largely in east and south London), between
1991 and 2001. Since London’s refugees
and asylum seekers face more barriers than
most – including language problems and
concerns about their rights – it is crucial
that we provide them with the basic tools
to allow them to actively participate in
London’s thriving economy.

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     in enterprise

               LDA Annual 2006/2007
     LDA Annual Report and Accounts Report and Accounts 2006/2007
With productivity, growth and investment
rates higher than the rest of the UK, London is
one of the world’s most successful cities.
The LDA works with businesses to encourage
investment and innovation, improve skills and
infrastructure and increase opportunities for
all Londoners.

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                                                  Business Link offers free, impartial advice
                                                  to small businesses and entrepreneurs
                                                  24 hours a day and seven days a week.

2006/2007 Enterprise                              The LDA aims to address the issues that
                                                  prevent London’s firms performing as
in Focus                                          efficiently and effectively as possible,
• Award of Business Link contract to Serco        identifying areas that require public sector
• Supporting Diversity Works for London           intervention. Therefore, in support of
                                                  London’s businesses, we:
• Raising over £26 million, to date as part
  of the Access to Finance programme              • address barriers to enterprise start up,
                                                    growth and competitiveness
• Opening of Imperial Bio‑incubator
                                                  • maintain London’s position as a key
• Launch of the Women’s Enterprise                  enterprise and trading location
  Action Plan
                                                  • improve the skills of the workforce
                                                  • maximise the productivity and
London is one of the best places in the             innovation potential of London’s
world to do business. High rates of                 enterprises
productivity, investment and output, have
allowed London’s existing businesses to
grow which, in turn, has attracted more
                                                  Supporting business
companies to the capital.                         The LDA is responsible for supplying public
                                                  sector business support in London. Having
However, the competition is intense,              been delegated responsibility from the DTI
workspace and labour are at a premium             in April 2005, we set about a major review
and gaining access to finance can be              of business support in the capital,
difficult.                                        consulting with 1,800 businesses in the
To ensure that our economy grows                  process.
sustainably, it is important to have a pan        Serco were selected for the three year
London vision which will address market           Business Link operator grant following a
failure.                                          five month tendering process and took over
Therefore, in line with the London Plan, and      responsibility of the service from Business
our Economic Development Strategy, we             Link London in April 2007. It offers a single
are delivering a carefully targeted vision for    point of access to high quality, accessible,
enterprise in London.                             professional business Information,
                                                  Diagnostic and Brokerage (IDB) services for
Lead by the Mayor and working closely with        anyone who wants to start up, continue to
partners including Think London, Visit            run or develop a business in London. It is
London, Confederation of British Industry         free, impartial and available 24 hours a day,
(CBI), London First and the London                seven days a week.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we are
committed to aligning our business support        This initiative will ensure that thousands of
services to the needs of London’s businesses;     small businesses and entrepreneurs get the
by removing market barriers, increasing           support they need, both to start up new
competition and working to minimise the           enterprises and expand existing ones. In
impact and risk of market failure.                doing this we will help London maintain its
                                                  position as Europe’s economic powerhouse.

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The Imperial BioIncubator

Name of Project                                  Co-located with world class engineers and
The Imperial BioIncubator                        scientists at Imperial College, this facility is
                                                 located on the South Kensington campus.
Date the Project was launched
                                                 Consisting of 12 wet laboratories, 16
                                                 private offices and a suite of meeting rooms
Length of Project                                the BioIncubator provides teams with a
Funding complete, ongoing relationship           range of research resources, business and
                                                 support services.
About the Project
Funded jointly by the LDA and Imperial           The two-storey, 24,000 square foot
College, the Imperial BioIncubator opened        building is a custom-designed facility that
for business in July 2006, offering a physical   will provide office and laboratory space for
location to help accelerate the development      up to 15 companies, in the early stages of
of new start-up technology companies.            their development.

                                      “By providing a facility that is close to
                                      the academic labs, we are actually able
                                      to accelerate the development much
                                      faster.” Richard Garraway, Centre Manager

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Investment in enterprise

There has been a great deal of work and           The programme engages private, public and
commitment into setting up this new               third-party sectors in promoting equality,
delivery system and we believe that its new       championing workforce and supplier
organisational structure and support              diversity and sharing business excellence
products can deliver many extra benefits to       and best practice. Over the last twelve
London’s businesses from day one. Over the        months DWfL has delivered a range of
initial three years Serco will support around     products and services to drive forward and
300,000 businesses in London.                     realise the benefits of the programme’s four
                                                  key priorities. For more information please
Business Link London addresses five
                                                  go to page 67.
strategic priorities.
• Increase the economic impact of small           Improving skills
  businesses                                      The most recent London Economic
• Increase equality and diversity of clients,     Development Snapshot for London found
  suppliers and employees                         that the percentage of businesses citing a
                                                  lack of appropriately skilled employees as a
• Introduce new products – Open Access,           ‘significant, or a very significant problem’
  Path Finder and Credit for Enterprise           has increased to 34%.
• Increase the sub regional focus                 Despite a growing population, and over
• Leverage Serco Group capability to              30% of Londoners not being in work,
  increase professionalism and generate           companies are having difficulty in filling
  economies of scale that free up                 vacancies. This is often because many
  additional resources for innovation             workless people have low skills, with most
                                                  vacancies requiring a high skill-base, a
                                                  mismatch that is of real concern to the LDA.
Diversity Works for London
Mainstreaming diversity into business
activity can improve product and service
                                                  Financing growth
development access to new markets in the          A major constraint for both existing SMEs
UK and globally. It can also generate             and entrepreneurs wishing to start up a
creativity and innovation; aid recruitment        new business is the securing of suitable and
and retention; improve brand image; assist        appropriate finance. In fact, research has
in competing for public sector contracts          demonstrated that certain sectors and
and fulfill corporate responsibility aims.        groups find it more difficult to access
                                                  finance than others and the reasons were
The Mayor’s Diversity Works for London            two-fold.
Programme (DWfL) is a pro-active initiative,
led by the LDA. It engages with London’s          • They do not have enough information
businesses and employers to promote the             about the different types of finance
benefits of a workforce that reflects the           available and therefore do not
diversity of London’s population.                   understand which one would meet
                                                    their needs

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• They are not professionally prepared          With overall management responsibility,
  enough and lack the skills to present a       the LDA directs 20 delivery partners to
  good case to financial providers              ensure that the best help and tailored
                                                advice is given to organisations to raise
For this reason the LDA has developed the
                                                finance, providing access to professional
Access to Finance Programme, which is
                                                local business experts, including
aimed at key business sectors and groups
                                                accountants, business consultants and
who have greater difficulty obtaining
                                                other support organisations. It offers a
information and finance. These include
                                                range of services including business
businesses from black, Asian and minority
                                                planning; financial protections and plans;
ethnic communities (BAME), women, young
                                                coaching and mentoring; sources of
and disabled entrepreneurs. It assists
                                                finance; management training and
businesses right across the capital, but with
                                                information and advice on cash flows.
particular emphasis on wards and
boroughs with the highest levels of

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Investment in enterprise

The programme, funded by the London               involving businesswomen, support
Development Agency (LDA) and the                  practitioners and enterprise specialists,
European Regional Development Fund                had the overriding objective of increasing
(ERDF) has been very successful in assisting      the number of women-owned business in
individuals from disadvantaged                    the capital.
communities. This has encompassed both
start-up (trading under 18 months) and            Supporting growth sectors
helping existing businesses (SMEs, trading
                                                  While much of our activity cuts across all
over 18 months) to develop further. In fact,
                                                  industry sectors, we respond to market
so far this programme has successfully
                                                  failures to ensure our tailored projects and
helped businesses raise in excess of
                                                  programmes have the greatest impact of
                                                  LDA investment and support.
Specifically, the LDA’s Access to Finance
programme has helped:                             Science
• 27% of women-owned businesses in                Catalyst, London’s Science & Industry
  London                                          Council, published ‘Profit from Knowledge –
                                                  A Strategy for London’ in August 2006,
• 63% of BAME business owners in London           with a focus on building collaborative
• 3.5% of Disabled owned businesses               partnerships between businesses and
  in London                                       London’s knowledge base it aims to drive
                                                  an increase in new R&D investment. This
Women’s enterprise                                three-year strategic framework is based
                                                  on three themes.
Although the most recent London Business
Annual Survey shows that the number of            • Championing London’s science,
women-owned businesses in London has                technology and design agenda
risen significantly from 11% to 16%,
                                                  • Mobilising business demand for these
women remain under-represented as
business owners. In fact, the average size of
majority female-owned businesses is 3.8           • Increasing business R&D investment in
employees compared with 7.7 for majority            London
male-owned businesses.
                                                  Catalyst has subsequently advised the LDA
Whilst the reasons for this are complex, the      on the development of a number of key
Government’s Strategic Framework for              interventions. This has included the
Women’s Enterprise depicted some                  Agency’s initiative in design and knowledge
common themes. This included the lack of          transfer; the provision of specific business
appropriate business support, absence of          support to London’s biotechnology sector
affordable and appropriate business               and the international promotion of
premises, and difficulties accessing finance.     London’s research strengths.
In January 2007, we launched the
Women’s Enterprise Action Plan, which
built on the new national women’s
taskforce. An 18-month consultation

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Catalyst has also worked with the LDA to          Furthermore, in partnership with Queen
tailor new knowledge economy initiatives          Mary University of London (QMUL), the LDA
to suit London. Projects which have               is creating a Technology Centre or
benefited from improved collaborative             ‘Incubator’, which will open in 2008 and
working include UKTI’s new R&D                    provide approximately 4,645 sqm of high-
Programme and the DTI’s Technology                quality laboratory and office space for
Strategy Board initiatives.                       biotechnology companies to rent, during
                                                  their establishment and growth phase.
Life science
                                                  And following LDA investment of £3million,
The LDA aims to develop London as one of          the Imperial BioIncubator at Imperial
the leading centres for life science research,    College’s South Kensington campus opened
by helping more businesses in the sector          for business in July 2006. This new facility is
succeed. The LDA has identified a                 a custom-designed facility, providing office
programme of support, through the                 and laboratory space for up to 15 early
following initiatives.                            stage Bio-companies.
• Creating incubators, science parks and          NHS Innovations London (NHSIL) was
  other specialist facilities                     formed with £1.2 million of LDA funding in
• Creating support systems, promoting             November 2005. Since then a team of
  the sector’s image, attracting inward           experts and a state-of-the-art IP evaluation
  investment, and working with the NHS            process have been set up to assess new
                                                  medical technologies and products coming
• Supporting and unlocking management             from over 60 London NHS Trusts (170,000
  resources                                       employees). Most of these innovations are
• Bridging the finance gap by enabling            at a very early stage and NHSIL has
  access to early stage funding                   provided management resources and
                                                  funding to take them through to the
While London demonstrates significant             proof-of-concept stage.
in-built strengths of world class research
skill and internationally-recognised medical      Due to its success, NHSIL has now been
and clinical trial centres, the overall support   successful in bidding for further activities
offering to businesses remains fragmented         including a Proof of Concept (PoC) fund,
and difficult to navigate.                        which is intended to support pre-
                                                  commercialisation activities for NHS
To drive this forward, the LDA is providing       technologies with good commercial
funding for a pilot London Bioscience             potential.
account managers programme. The pilot
will run for one year and will involve the        Creative industries
recruitment of two Bioscience Key Account
                                                  The creative industries account for £21
Managers who will be tasked with
                                                  billion, or 16% of London Gross Value Added
attracting national and international
                                                  (GVA) annually. They form the second
bioscience businesses to London and
                                                  largest industry, after the business services
advising and directing them to the business
                                                  sector, and range from music and games to
support services they require.

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design and fashion. This sector also offers       Since 2004, the LDA’s programmes have
London’s second biggest source of job             helped thousands of London’s businesses,
growth, accounting for approximately one          professionals, freelancers, entrepreneurs
in every five new jobs.                           and new entrants to achieve creative and
                                                  commercial success.
Whilst this is the case, it must be recognised
that many of these businesses are small           Specifically, over the last twelve months
and lacking in investment, training and           highlights have included the LUFF (London
business skills. For this reason the LDA          UK Film Flex) film festival that has
responded to the Mayor’s Commission on            showcased British films to an international
the Creative Industries by developing an          market. This event, supported by the LDA
investment programme to grow and                  via Film London, resulted in 2.1 million
promote London as a global centre for the         dollars worth of business being generated.
creative industries, offering practical
                                                  In 2006, the LDA, supported the first-ever
support to creative enterprises.
                                                  London Games Festival. This recognised the
                                                  fact that the UK is the most important
                                                  centre for the games sector in Europe and is
                                                  the third largest market in the world.

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The LDA has a continuing commitment to
support the tourism sector, helping to both
raise standards and improve business and
marketing skills. It will also plan ahead for
the expected surge in demand for the 2012
Games and we are currently undertaking a
business support review to guide our work
in this area.

Sustaining success
London is one of the world most successful
cities. This success is not a reason for
complacency and our work in improving
the skills of the workforce, and addressing
barriers to enterprise, start up and growth
means will ensure this success is sustained.

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By attracting visitors and businesses to London
and working to enhance the quality of their
experience, the LDA is committed to creating
long-term economic benefits for the capital.

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                                                  006 was a record year for overseas
                                                  visits. An extra . million visitors
                                                  came to the capital.

2006/2007 Marketing London                        Mumbai. In addition, Think London has
                                                  jointly funded with UK Trade and
• Launch of the Mayor’s London Tourism
                                                  Investment an Inward Investment post in
  Vision 2006 to 2016
                                                  Sao Paulo to explore opportunities for FDI
• Launch of the Tourism Action Plan               in Brazil.
  2006 to 2009
                                                  To further develop investment
• Registration of Mayors office in Beijing        opportunities from China, Think London
                                                  launched the Touchdown London incubator
• Launch of Events for London
                                                  in Hammersmith offering a soft-landing for
• Implementation of LATI – Local Area             smaller Chinese investors by providing
  Tourism Impact Model                            discounted office space and on-site
• Launch of the Business Growth Initiative
  targeting 400 key Foreign Direct                The ‘2012 Games program’ was launched,
  Investment (FDI) companies                      which is aimed at capitalising on the FDI
                                                  opportunities in the run up to the 2012
                                                  Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
                                                  The program’s objective is to secure long-
Bringing business to London                       term sustainable investment beyond 2012.
A key aim of our work in promoting and            The activity within this work stream will
marketing London is that of attracting            continue to grow and build momentum
business and investment. The LDA is the           over the coming year.
principal funder of Think London, the
                                                  A number of key events took place during
Foreign Direct Investment agency for
                                                  the year including Indian, Korean and
London, which delivers a wide range of
                                                  Chinese Business Receptions all involving
support to international businesses wishing
                                                  the Mayor of London and respective
to locate in London.
                                                  Ambassadors as well as events for senior US
London now attracts over 5.7% of all FDI          investors with the American Ambassador in
into Europe which represents the highest          London and the Duke of York in New York.
share for any European city. The US remains
                                                  Around 80% of foreign investment in to
the largest investor into London with
                                                  London comes from existing investors.
growth shown from the emerging markets
                                                  This year the LDA have built upon ongoing
of India and China.
                                                  business retention activities and developed
The number of FDI projects supported by           the business growth program which
the LDA, Think London and the UK Trade            identifies key businesses located within
& Investment was up on 17% on last years          London (international and domestic) and
figures of 323. The number of jobs created        develops a relationship with them to ensure
in the capital has risen by 38% on last years     that the opportunities for London are
figures (4,212).                                  captured. This activity is carried out in
                                                  partnership with Think London and the
This year Think London successfully opened
                                                  sub-regional partners.
its second and third overseas offices in
Beijing and San Francisco and obtained
ministerial approval to open an office in

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Live Theatre Ad’s
Visit London

Date the campaign was launched                 Performed live before the evening’s main
May 2006                                       show, the campaign highlighted the things
                                               that people loved about their own city and
About the campaign
                                               the similar things they would like in London.
With an innovative and creative marketing
campaign, Visit London sought to generate
media coverage and attract visitors to         North American visitors are
London.                                        vital to London’s tourist
Visit London, majority funded by the LDA       industry with . million
undertook vital consumer research that         visitors per year spending
revealed that Americans wanted an active,
authentic experience of London rather than     around £. billion.
a passive one. For this reason they decided
that there was only one way to deliver their
                                               Whilst the live adverts communicated
new marketing ‘campaign’ -live.
                                               messages to those in the theatre on the
Visit London created a brand new               night of the performance, the campaign
marketing medium by writing, casting,          was extremely successful reaching a
scripting and producing the world’s first      wide audience via the huge amount of
ever live theatre advertisement and taking     interest in the adverts from, national and
the adverts on tour throughout the UK,         international media.
Europe and North America.

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Marketing London

2006/2007 also saw the LDA undertake a            products as they develop. The company
review of how LDA funded inward                   plans to grow to 60 staff within three years
investment and business growth activities         and have taken space at 25 Canada Square,
operate in London. This report identified         Canary Wharf.
steps that need to be taken to ensure that
the provision of service to potential             Blackbaud
investors in London is world class and that       Blackbaud is a leading provider of software
we get the most return on the investment          and services designed specifically for
made by the LDA. The recommendations              not-for-profit organisations, including the
from this report are being implemented this       charity and University/Higher Education
financial year and we hope to see a shift in      sector.
performance in the next financial year.
                                                  This project is interesting as they already
Some examples of investments made are             had established UK headquarters in
listed below.                                     Glasgow but opted to move the bulk of this
                                                  operation down to London, setting up with
Amgen                                             40 jobs initially in the Waterloo area.
Think London and UKTI have been engaged
with Amgen for a number of years as they          Emerging Markets
have evaluated their future growth plans in
                                                  We face a rapidly changing economic
Europe. Following a review of their
                                                  landscape, with China expected to become
European plans Amgen have set up a
                                                  the second biggest economy in the world by
Development Centre in Uxbridge in west
                                                  2020 and India and Russia also growing
London. This operation is designed to help
                                                  rapidly. As a highly diverse, global city with
Amgen get products to market – described
                                                  a strong specialisation in financial, creative
by them as focusing on the “D in R&D”.
                                                  and technology services, London is ideally
Amgen are currently in a serviced office
                                                  placed to attract new business and
employing 40 staff. Think London will be
                                                  investment from other growing economies.
working with them as they look for
expanded space in the west London area.           Much of our work last year was designed to
                                                  build upon the foundations made by the
Wells Fargo                                       Mayor of London’s visit to China in April
Think London has been working closely             2006. This culminated in January 2007
with this company since June 2004. Wells          when we completed registration for the
Fargo is the fifth largest bank in the US,        Beijing office.
with divisions covering most aspects of           Our Emerging Markets Team support the
financial services. Then they have                Mayor’s international agenda in the
progressed and will now be establishing a         emerging markets and promotes London
branch of Wells Fargo Bank offering a             as a place to study, visit and invest in to
variety of business services including small      the wider world. It signals a desire to build
business lending, correspondent banking,          constructive engagement through high
private banking, treasury management,             level international delegations on a broad
foreign exchange services and other               range of economic issues.

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We are promoting London’s creative            dance. This event culminated with a
industries through Creative London, science   spectacular weekend of dance in July which
and technology through Catalyst and our       included record record breaking attempts.
world-class higher education institutes       The publicity reached £17million.
through Study London.
                                              Future London was an exhibition,
The LDA works closely with different          demonstrating ideas of how London is
stakeholders to ensure London remains         working towards becoming a more
the leading world city. There have been       sustainable city, to motivate Londoners
significant promotional campaigns since       to change their lifestyles. From visitor
April 2006 which the LDA have funded;         feedback it has been noted that 86% of
they include the China in London season,      visitors have a better perception of the
the Mayoral trip to China, summer cultural    environment in London after visiting. The
events (Including Big Dance in Trafalgar      media value data is still being reviewed,
Square), and the sustainability campaign      however press coverage was favourable,
Future London.                                and consumer and partner reaction was
                                              very positive.
China in London was a season of events
and activities that celebrated Chinese arts   We have an office in Beijing with
and culture, as well as the historic links    representation also in Shanghai. One of the
between London and China. In China alone,     successful projects of 2006, was the
coverage totaled £2.7million in publicity     establishment of the long term
value and combined with the UK activity,      co-operation with China’s London’s fashion
China in London generated £3.4million         industry. We brought a delegation of five of
in media value.                               the most important Chinese media groups
                                              to London in September 2006, including;
The Mayoral trip to China helped raise the
                                              Dragon TV, CBN, Wenixin Group, Cosmo
importance of London as a place to study,
                                              Group and Modern Weekly. This was very
invest and visit. The Mayor opened
                                              successful and generated a PR value of
London’s offices in Beijing, which received
                                              RMB 12.4million, which is the equivalent
media coverage in China as well as the UK.
                                              of £0.8million.
However the whole trip was very successful,
creating media return on investment 7:1,      London attracts over half of all Indian
which equates to a combined £2.2 million      investment into Europe and provides Indian
in Chinese media value and £2.7million of     businesses with a gateway to the continent.
UK media value.                               London and India already have a long-
                                              established and strong working
The Big Dance festival in Trafalgar Square
                                              partnership, which we have built on in
positioned London as a world city,
                                              2007 and will continue to do so in 2008.
celebrating London’s diversity through

                                              LDA Annual Report and Accounts 2006/2007   
Marketing London

The Economic Impact of                            Marketing London
Tourism                                           Our key partner in delivering the London
Tourism is one of the key drivers of London’s     Tourism Vision and Action Plan is Visit
economy, supporting around 260,000                London, whose mission is to create
jobs with visitors contributing around            economic benefit through the marketing
£15 billion per annum.                            and promotion of London. Last year the LDA
                                                  negotiated a new four-year funding grant
The LDA supports tourism development in           for Visit London, during which time it is
London by delivering the Mayor’s London           anticipated to deliver a total economic
Tourism Vision 2006 to 2016 and the               benefit to London’s tourism economy of
London Tourism Action Plan 2006 to 2009.          approximately £1.27 billion.
Integral to this Vision and Action Plan is the
effective marketing and promotion of              Visit London’s award-winning marketing
London as a visitor destination, improving        campaigns helped to boost London’s
skills development and the quality of the         success in overseas markets. 2006 was a
visitor experience and positioning London         record year for overseas visits. An extra
as a world-class city. Over the course of this    1.3 million visitors came to the capital than
ten-year programme, the Tourism Vision            the year before boosting London’s economy
can ensure that maximum benefits are              by £600 million and increasing London’s
achieved for the economy before, during           share of worldwide tourism over the last
and after the 2012 Olympic Games and              12 months from 1.7% to 1.8%.
Paralympic Games.                                 Additionally, campaigns also targeted a
                                                  domestic audience, bringing visitors from
Events for London                                 the rest of the UK to the capital, as well as
In a new move to attract, develop and stage       encouraging Londoners themselves to
more world-class sporting and cultural            make the most of their city.
events for the capital, ‘Events for London’       In Europe, Visit London worked with Turner
has been created as a partnership between         prize nominated artist David Mach, to
the Mayor, the LDA and Visit London.              create a unique and distinctive marketing
As one of the earliest legacies of the London     campaign, turning major European cities
2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic                 into ‘art galleries’ showcasing London.
Games, ‘Events for London’ will bring             In North America, major new marketing
together the relevant network of partners,        campaigns featuring radio, online and print
strategic relationships and political support     advertising were backed by high profile
to win, host and develop events in the            initiatives, such as real-life London
capital in the run up to 2012 and beyond.         newspaper vendors on the streets of
In September, London played host to the           Chicago and San Francisco, handing out a
final stage of the Tour of Britain. The dress     special edition of ‘The Times’ produced in
rehearsal for ‘Le Grand Depart’ of the Tour       association with Visit London.
de France in 2007 followed part of the
proposed 2012 Olympic cycle route over
Hampstead Heath and through Regent’s
and Hyde Parks.

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In Japan, Visit London created a hugely        2012 Games. One of the main objectives of
popular campaign called the London Bunny       this unit is to develop a small number of
Republic. The campaign, which included         long-term partnerships with corporations
pictures of Londoners dressed with rabbit      that reflect a similar brand fit with London.
ears, was designed to demonstrate the
humour, warmth and approachability             What do our visitors really
of Londoners.
And in the UK, Visit London drew attention     Our new London Visitor Survey was
to London’s often overlooked rivers and        launched in September 2006, providing a
waterways. As well as an award-winning         robust survey of what visitors thought of
creative approach, the campaign saw a real     their trip to the capital. For the first time we
Venetian Gondolier working in Little Venice.   were able to track both domestic and
Visit London also launched a Brand             overseas visitor satisfaction over time and
Partnership Unit with VisitBritain to          understand the strengths and weaknesses
maximise the potential commercial              of London as a destination.
opportunity for London in staging the

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Marketing London

The corresponding results are accessible           Making visitors welcome
through quarterly reports, with
sub-regional analysis published on an annual       A major LDA project ‘Building the Visitor
basis. The first results are now available and     Welcome’ looks at every stage of the visitor
have been distributed to borough                   journey, from arrival to departure and
representatives and are available online –         includes all aspects of information
please visit for further details.   provision including print; signage; customer
                                                   contact centres; face-to-face contact and
                                                   electronic distribution.
Improving the quality of
London’s visitor services                          Inconsistent customer service can make or
                                                   break a successful trip for a visitor to any
The 2012 Games will bring a huge influx of         city. Now, with the 2012 Olympic Games
visitors and a unique opportunity to               and Paralympic Games in our sights, we
promote London as a visitor destination.           need to develop a consistent standard of
Currently, however, only 34% of London’s           customer service delivery across the capital.
serviced accommodation participates in
the national quality grading schemes run           As a first step we commissioned a study
by VisitBritain and the AA. Raising                across all sectors in the visitor economy to
minimum quality standards is one of our            assess what customer service training
top priorities. We have begun work now to          provision currently exists for those working
increase the stock of quality graded               in visitor facing roles, evaluating their
accommodation by 50%.                              effectiveness. We will draw from best
                                                   practice to develop a flexible ‘gold standard’
To underpin this, the LDA has funded a new         customer service training programme and
package of business support to help small          qualification for those working in customer
tourism businesses improve their quality           facing roles.
standards, accessibility, environmental
performance and contingency planning.              We implemented a programme supporting
Launched in June 2007 the programme has            London’s Tourist Information Centres (TIC)
a budget of £1.65 million and will run until       Network to ensure that they maintain their
March 2010.                                        improved quality standards. London TICs
                                                   were rated bottom in mystery shopper
Tackling the shortage of skilled labour for        results in 2005, but in 2006 had moved up
tourism in the capital is also a priority. This    to be ranked fifth out of national TICs.
is the second year of operation for the
successful LDA Hospitality, Leisure, Travel        We are also delivering specific training to
and Tourism (HLTT) Skills & Employment             existing wardens and rangers schemes in
programme and further details are given in         the capital to enable them to become
the Investing in People section.                   professional front-line ‘London
                                                   Ambassadors’, providing top quality
                                                   information to tourists and residents alike.

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Spreading the benefits                            Sustaining success
The sub-regional programme continues              London is a key player on the global stage.
to encourage the distribution of visitors         Our work in recent years to promote
throughout London, and to spread the              London as a top international tourist and
economic benefit of tourism across the            business destination and secure foreign
whole of the capital. Each sub-region             direct investment means we are ideally
(north, south, east, west and central) has its    placed to attract new businesses and
own Tourism Development Manager with              investment from other growing economies
dedicated action plans, aligned with the          and face the future with confidence.
overall London Tourism Vision.
All the sub-regions have some challenges
in common; raising their profile among
potential visitors, tackling the misconceptions
that there is ‘nothing to do’ outside central
London, as well as encouraging local residents
to explore and discover the attractions of
their own locality.
In the last year north, south, east and west
London have all produced Positioning
Guides intended as practical marketing
guides for the area’s businesses. Based on
extensive market research and brand
mapping, they identify the destination’s key
selling points, its market potential and
suggest key market segments and themes.
This type of information is critical for local
businesses, destinations and Visit London in
support of marketing activities.
The LDA has developed the Local Area
Tourism Impact (LATI) model, in
consultation with London boroughs. The
LATI model takes London level data from
the major national surveys (International
Passenger Survey, UK Tourism Survey and
England Leisure Day Visits Survey) and
distributes it across the boroughs providing
estimates of tourism volume and value.

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               Running through all the work you’ve read so far in
               this report are our three universal themes –
               equality, health and sustainability.
               They’re embedded into everything we do, but they
               are so important to our work that we also report
               on and assess their impacts separately.

                                                2006/2007 Equality, health
                                                and sustainability in focus
                                                • Award of Level 5 of the Local Government
                                                • Launch of the Disability Equality Scheme
                                                • Approval of LDA Procurement Code
                                                • Lead RDA for Health and Equality.
                                                • Relocation to Palestra

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The importance of these cross‑cutting         EMRG monitors performance both in terms
themes is something we strongly believe in.   of our investments and our actions as an
To effectively measure the impact of our      employer. HSAG provides advice to the LDA
work against them our Board has               and suggests key areas of focus around
established an Equality Monitoring and        health and sustainability. Our performance
Review Group (EMRG) and a Health and          is also monitored closely by the GLA.
Sustainability Advisory Group (HSAG). These
allow us to draw on specialist expertise to
shape our overall approach to equality,
sustainability and health.

                                              LDA Annual Report and Accounts 2006/2007   65
                   London’s most important asset is its people, but
                   inequality and discrimination prevent many from
                   achieving their potential. Not only is this highly
                   damaging for those affected, it also impacts upon
                   London’s economy.

Long term sustainable economic growth             Furthermore, the LDA has been appointed
will only be possible if all Londoners            the lead Regional Development Agency
regardless of age, gender, ethnicity,             (RDA) on equality issues, which means
disability, faith or sexual orientation have      providing advice, sharing best practice and
equal opportunities. At present this is not       coordinating discussion with other RDAs.
the case.
• Over 30% of working age adults in               Disability Equality Scheme
  London are not in work                          Recent Government legislation places a
                                                  duty on the public sector to promote
• Employment rates for black, Asian
                                                  disability equality. As the lead RDA on
  and minority Ethnic (BAME) population
                                                  equality we have taken the initiative and
  is currently below those of white
                                                  undergone a six month public consultation
  ethnic groups
                                                  before developing a pioneering Disability
• The gender pay gap for women                    Equality Scheme (DES), which was launched
  working full time in London is without          in December 2006.
  parallel in the UK at 23%, (17% in the
                                                  To prepare the scheme, we set up a skilled
  rest of the UK)
                                                  Independent Disability Group (IDG) whose
• Childcare costs are 30% higher than             knowledge and experience helped play a
  elsewhere in the UK contributing to             pivotal role in developing the disability
  a low employment rate for women                 framework.
  with children
                                                  Disability equality is being built into
Our work, as highlighted throughout this          procurement and tendering processes so
report, and over the past few years means         that businesses will need to demonstrate
we are tackling these issues head on.             their commitment to equality. This means
                                                  that if a contractor is interested in getting
Our progress on all equality issues was
                                                  involved in the LDA’s work on the Olympic
recognised in an independent audit. This
                                                  Games and Paralympic Games, they will
rated the LDA at the highest level of the
                                                  have to ensure disability equality is part of
Local Government Equality Standard –
                                                  how they run their business.
Level 5. We will be focusing on retaining
this status and sharing our methods with          The Disability Discrimination Act was a
other public sector bodies.                       legal milestone, one that allowed Diversity
                                                  Works for London keep diversity and
                                                  equality high on London’s agenda.

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Diversity Works for London                      During the past year DWfL have worked
                                                closely with organisations such as British
The Mayor’s Diversity Works for London
(DWfL) is a proactive programme led by the      Airways, Fujitsu, Shell, KPMG and Coca Cola.
LDA to engage with London’s businesses          Age and gender focused workshops,
and employers to promote the benefits of a      employee questionnaires and stakeholder
workforce that reflects the diversity of        consultations have helped organisations
London’s population. The programmes             become compliant with the Disability
objectives are to:                              Discrimination Act and supported them as
                                                they look to embed diversity into their
• engage the private, public and voluntary      working practices.
  sectors in promoting equality
                                                In addition to our work with the Disability
• champion the business benefits of
                                                Equality Scheme, we have launched and
  diversity by seeking out, promoting and
                                                updated several of our schemes to ensure
  share best practice
                                                that London’s diversity is a help rather than
• campaign for, and support businesses          a hindrance.
  to reflect the capital’s diversity in their
  workforce and supply chain                   • Race Equality Scheme – Last year
                                                 we conducted a full review of
Building on the experience of the pilot phase    implementation across all our internal
of the programme, DWfL is developing a           and external processes. Progress is
suite of innovative self service support tools   excellent, and the LDA exceeded all its
which is available on a new website,             corporate BAME targets. Our commitment This is         to race equality remains a top priority
complemented by in-person learning               as part of the journey to excellence. The
opportunities, including a DWfL network
                                                 total LDA investment for specialist BAME
and seminar series.
                                                 projects was £13.9 million
It has also instigated an international
research project which will establish a suite
                                               • Religion and Belief Strategy – Our
of exemplar case study materials on              Board, approved the Religion and Belief
workplace and supplier diversity. These will     Engagement which outlines how we will
support the practical implementation             work over the coming years
guides to help businesses understand and
implement similar initiatives.

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• Sexual Orientation Action Plan –                proportion of local employees and
  Working with Stonewall, our work                employees from diverse backgrounds. In
  during 2006/2007 has included setting           order to measure this all contractors are
  up a staff Lesbian Gay Bisexual group,          being required, through the procurement
  working with other functional bodies to         process, to measure and report on the
  support the Mayors Sexual Orientation           make-up of their workforce.
  Equality Scheme
                                                  The employment and skills programmes
• Gender Equality Scheme – following              identified within the LEST plan, particularly
  consultation with stakeholders, the LDA         target those furthest from the labour
  has produced its first Gender Equality          market. Minority groups are significantly
  Scheme. The LDA is working towards              over-represented within this category and
  being an exemplar employer. We have             hence funded projects will target their
  adopted inclusive design principles to          involvement on training and development
  ensure our regeneration and capital             schemes.
  build project reflects the needs for both
                                                  Finally, the LDA has been instrumental in
  men and women and as such our projects
                                                  ensuring that the principles of inclusive
  have set gender targets with a focus
                                                  design, and equality impact assessments,
  on removing the barriers for women in
                                                  are embedded within the Olympic venue
  London to access employment, and skills
                                                  planning processes. These have now been
  training, and set up their own businesses
                                                  incorporated into the ODA Equality and
                                                  Diversity Strategy.
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
An Equality Impact Assessment has been            LORECA
completed for each LDA led Olympic
                                                  London Refugee Economic Action (LORECA)
delivery plan, as well as the Lower Lea
                                                  is a discrete unit within the Equalities Team
Valley programme and regeneration
                                                  at the LDA which works to support refugees
strategy. An action plan is being developed
                                                  into employment. The LORECA team, form
which incorporates business and
                                                  the link to the Mayors Board for Refugee
community engagement, tailored
                                                  Integration in London, and the Refugee
diagnostic tools, guidance and brokerage
                                                  Integration Strategy, providing input into
for disabled people, targeted sector based
                                                  the latter document and consultation on
interventions for minority groups, and the
                                                  the draft. LORECA have also established an
development of clear policies to ensure
                                                  Advisory Group to enable the LDA to
that equality best practice is built in to
                                                  mainstream refugee issues across all its
funding agreements.
                                                  work over the coming year.
The LDA encourages and supports a diverse
supplier base, and the opportunities              LDA Projects and Programmes
promoted through the Electronic Brokerage         We mainstream and embed equalities into
Service will act as a key driver to achieve       all our investments and activity through the
this in the build up to 2012.                     use of Equality Impact Assessments and
We are currently in dialogue with the             ensuring the beneficiaries of project reflect
ODA about the setting of targets for the          our equalities target groups.

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We also target specific areas of need             and enterprise support. The centre
through specialist equalities projects.           continues to expand the participation of
Approximately £58 million was spent on            black and culturally diverse communities in
equalities specialist projects in 2006/2007.      performing and production roles for the
This funded projects such as:                     arts, media and broadcasting.
• the Stephen Lawrence Centre
• the Women Into Non Traditional                  We have rolled out a comprehensive suite
  Occupations Project                             of training programmes which include
• the Diversity Works for London                  Equality and Diversity Training, Equality
  programme                                       Impact Assessment Workshops and
                                                  Agency-wide Disability Equality training.
• the pan-London faith forum                      We are also inputting into the internal LDA
• Hackney Silver Surfers                          wide New Ways of Working training.

• research into ex-offenders access               Procurement
  to employment
                                                  The seven key themes of the GLA Group
• LGBT jobs fair                                  Sustainable Procurement Policy are:
Where there is direct intervention in the         • encouraging a diverse base of suppliers
form of major capital projects, it is essential
                                                  • promoting greater environmental
that we work with the individuals and
businesses in these local communities so
that they can effectively participate in and      • promoting fair employment practices
benefit from these developments.
                                                  • promoting workforce welfare
The Stephen Lawrence Centre provides
                                                  • meeting strategic labour needs and
training and employment for young people
                                                    enabling training opportunities
and adults in urban design and the built
environment. It will work extensively with        • promoting community benefits
employers and learning institutions to
                                                  • encouraging ethical sourcing practices
improve their employability so that they
may benefit from the many opportunities           Good progress has been made on a number
detailed above.                                   of key areas of the Sustainable Procurement
                                                  Policy themes. A Sustainable Procurement
The LDA continues to support the Rich Mix
                                                  Programme Board was established to cover
Centre, a multi-space arts and education
                                                  major projects and activities that support
centre in Bethnal Green. It provides
                                                  the delivery of the Sustainable Procurement
workspace and business units, cinema
                                                  Policy within the LDA. This board is chaired
screens, art galleries, a cafe-bar, a digital
                                                  by the Group Director of Resources and Risk
archive of local cultural history and a
                                                  and attendees include Directors and service
performance space.
                                                  Heads responsible for the projects and the
The flagship Bernie Grant Centre in               Director of Equality and Diversity.
Tottenham, north London, was created to
provide dedicated arts, education, training

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The LDA Procurement Code, approved by
the Board, has been significantly revised
and now incorporates Sustainable
Procurement as a key focus throughout the
procurement process.
While we are looking to mainstream and            Output targets and the
embed equalities into all our investments         cross-cutting themes
and activity, we also target specific areas
                                                  We set challenging targets for equalities to
of need through specialist projects such as
                                                  ensure positive outcomes from our
the Stephen Lawrence Centre, the Women
                                                  programmes for beneficiaries in terms of
Into Non Traditional Occupations (WINTO)
                                                  ethnicity, gender and disability. Ethnicity is
project and the Diversity Works for
                                                  monitored via 16 separate sub-categories.
London programme.
                                                  We also monitor the ownership of
                                                  organisations that we fund and the equality
2006/2007 Equality performance
                                                  profile of applicants for funding.
Our performance against targets for
2006/2007 is set in the main table on page        We have recognised that the target
12. The targets are set by the Mayor. It          framework does not fully reflect our mission
should be noted that the majority of these        to deliver quality of life and sustainable
beneficiaries supported by the LDA are            economic development. In light of that we
taking part in mainstream projects.               are seeking to refine the framework,
                                                  initially through the development of
The LDA has actually delivered significantly      indicators, which better reflect the delivery
beyond its targets on all the BAME                of Mayoral priorities.
catagories, and women’s business support
and business creation, as well as                 Last year, we highlighted additional
employment support for disabled people.           indicators that could capture our
                                                  contribution to sustainable development in
The LDA has done less well supporting             terms of health and sustainability. Further
disabled entrepreneurs, and disabled              work is needed to refine these indicators to
people and women to access training, and          make them relevant to the work we do. We
women to access employment. Although              have been working with other functional
some of the targets have been missed, all of      bodies in the GLA Group to develop a set of
them show significant progress on the             group-wide sustainable development
2005/2006 figures which shows the LDA is          indicators. In particular, we are seeking to
making progress. The targets are designed         improve our ability to report against key
to be stretching.                                 Mayoral targets including carbon dioxide
The Equalities team is working with other         emissions reduction. During 2006/2007
LDA teams, most notably the Business and          we conducted a study to understand our
Skills directorate, to put in place better        CO2 emissions baseline and identify
reporting and early warning mechanisms,           opportunities for reduction. During
and a sign-off process to prioritise funding      2007/2008 we will seek to introduce a
for work in the areas where targets have          target for the LDA that will support the
been missed.                                      delivery of the Mayor’s Climate Change
                                                  Action Plan.

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    Only by addressing the long-term economic,
    environmental and social implications of our work
    can we deliver The Mayor’s vision for London as an
    exemplary and sustainable world city.

    Introduction                                      6. Demonstrating to key partners, the
                                                         opportunities for working in more
    Historically, our emphasis has been on
                                                         sustainable ways
    economic and social sustainability. Whilst
    this still represents a vital part of the LDA’s   During 2006/2007, the Health and
    role, the need to focus on environmental          Sustainability team, which was set up in
    sustainability is increasing.                     2005 as part of the Strategy and
                                                      Performance Directorate continued to work
    In 2006/2007 we focused on the following
                                                      closely with the delivery and policy teams
    strategic priorities bringing together
                                                      to ensure effective delivery of our
    sustainability and health
                                                      sustainability and health commitments.
    1. Delivering a portfolio of development          The biggest priority emerging was climate
       projects which seek to deliver                 change and the team led the LDA’s input in
       environmental, social and health               to the development of the Mayor’s Climate
       outcomes                                       Change Action Plan.
    2. Building environmental and social              The LDA plays an important role in
       infrastructure into our regeneration           delivering the Mayor’s determination to
       activity including green space, access,        tackle climate change.
       flood management and health and social
                                                      We also work with businesses to help them
                                                      contribute to the Mayor’s vision of a
    3. Seeking to tackle the challenge of             sustainable world city. In addition to
       climate change                                 working with sectors such as waste and
                                                      recycling, we also assist all businesses in
    4. Developing a programme of work to
                                                      reducing their environmental impacts and
       support London’s businesses in achieving
                                                      educate them in using their resources more
       resource efficiency, reducing their
                                                      efficiently and consume less raw materials
       environmental impact and promoting
                                                      and minimise the waste they produce.
       diversity and health in the workplace
                                                      The LDA has an opportunity to provide
    5. Developing a set of tools to ensure that
                                                      additional leadership in terms of its own
       sustainability and in particular,
                                                      activities, in particular through its approach
       environmental sustainability, is a core
                                                      to procurement and investment in capital
       consideration across all LDA activities as
       well as the activities of key external

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Climate Change Action Plan
In February 2007 the Mayor launched the
Climate Change Action Plan for London
(CCAP) and it is recognised as the most
comprehensive climate change action
programme adopted by any city in
the world.
The CCAP details the Mayor’s priority
actions to achieve a 60% reduction in 1990
levels of CO2 emissions by 2025. This is a
more ambitious target than the UK
Government target of 60% by 2050 and
reflects the latest evidence from Stern, the      Palestra
Tyndall Centre and the Intergovernmental          The LDA’s move to Southwark was an
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.            opportunity to practise what we preach.
The scope of the plan covers CO2 emissions        The London Climate Change Agency (LCCA),
from energy supply and consumption in the         working in partnership with EDF Energy,
domestic, commercial, industrial, MUSH            managed the installation of Solar
(municipal, universities, schools and             Photovoltaic Panels at our headquarters,
hospitals) and transport sectors within           Palestra.
the Greater London Authority boundary.            The building has a ‘very good’ BREEAM
It also highlights the action we will be          rating (Building Research Establishment
taking to reduce emissions from our own           Environmental Assessment Method) and
internal operations within the GLA family,        waste will be reduced further through our
and the change we hope to drive across the        Green Office Programme, which will target
whole of London, including London’s               office efficiency, recycling, and travel to
boroughs and businesses, as well as               work policies.
Londoners themselves.
The LDA will be delivering a significant part     Engagement with business
of the plan, including the Green Homes,           The London Environmental Support
Organisations and Construction                    Services (LESS) acts as the first port of call
Programmes and has set up a new                   for businesses with enquires about
Climate Change and Environment Team               environmental issues, and aims to raise
to ensure its successful and immediate            companies’ awareness of the financial
implementation. We have committed                 benefits of resource efficiency and waste
£35 million over the next three years to          minimisation.
deliver this plan.
                                                  LESS was launched in November 2006
                                                  and targets all businesses, although we
                                                  expect it to have the greatest uptake from
                                                  SMEs. LESS funded DEFRA’s Business
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As part of our commitment to                    recycling, sort and process it, and those
mainstreaming resource efficiency, LESS         which use recycled products as a raw
will work in conjunction with Business Link     material. During 2006/2007 Enhance has:
London (also funded by the LDA) directing
                                                • created 60 new jobs and six new
companies through their business support
telephone helpline and website portal, with
the intention of engaging with many of the   • potentially increased waste electrical
100,000 businesses that use this service       equipment reprocessing capacity in
every year.                                    London by investing in EnvironCom
                                               which, subject to planning consents, will
In addition, a sectoral marketing strategy
                                               create 60,000 tonnes of reprocessing
will focus on high-impact industries such as
                                               capacity, resulting in 150 new jobs
construction and food. This will use key
                                               during 2007
messages to increase uptake of
environmental advice and support.            • supported recycling start-up SME
                                               ‘AnyJunk’, which is now growing rapidly
Mayor’s Green Procurement                      with 22 employees and a turnover in
                                               excess of £800,000
Set up in 2001, the Mayor’s Green               • helped west London start-up ‘Smash and
Procurement Code (MGPC) encourages                Grab’ to develop a compact glass crusher,
businesses to recycle more and to purchase        which is now starting to be franchised
more recycled products. Nearly 500                across London
organisations, and all 33 London boroughs,      • helped charity ‘Fareshare 1st’ provide
have signed up to the Code. Signatories can       sustainable solutions for disposing of
receive free advice from the Mayor’s Green        surplus product resulting in over 3,000
Procurement Code brokers.                         tonnes of food surplus being diverted
The Code is being expanded to help                from landfill and saving 20,000 tonnes
businesses with other areas of ‘green             of CO2 emissions
procurement’, such as ‘green tariff’ energy     • encouraged the use of waterways for
and energy saving office equipment.               transport of materials and recyclables
Participants have spent over £221 million         e.g. by supporting Tidy Thames Recycling
on recycled products since 2001, and the          Collection services and Pondskater
trend is growing, with a nine-fold increase
in purchases by participants in the last year
alone. The MGPC can be accessed through
                                                Sustainable Development and
LESS and Business Link London.                  Construction Toolkit (SDC)
                                                The LDA has created an ‘SDC Toolkit’, which
Encouraging green business                      assists developers working with the LDA to
                                                understand, identify and embed
The LDA funds Enhance, a support
                                                environmental standards into their work.
programme for small businesses related
to increasing the number of businesses
within waste reprocessing, recycling sector.
This includes companies that collect

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The SDC toolkit has been rolled out during        Climate Change Action Plan –
the last year, with implementation on the
St. Andrew’s development in Bromley-by-
                                                  The Green Homes Programme
Bow and the Landmark scheme in the Royal          Whilst most of the work highlighted so far
Docks. The LDA’s requirements for                 engages with business, the Mayor’s targets
sustainability are now embedded into the          cannot be met without Londoners reducing
tender process, to ensure that all future         waste energy from their own homes. For
projects start off with high quality              this reason the LDA began supporting the
objectives. Our requirements are constantly       delivery of the Climate Change Action Plan
updated as policies are revised,                  on the Green Homes programme which will
environmental technology becomes                  offer Londoners a range of advice and
established and new priorities emerge.            incentives to reduce waste and improve
                                                  conservation of scarce resources.
The selection process to choose a
development partner will focus upon the           Examples include subsidised (and free to
developer’s ability to demonstrate its            those on benefits) loft and cavity wall
commitment to sustainable development             insulation, a major marketing campaign to
objectives and high-quality design, as well       raise awareness about what actions
as its experience in delivering high quality      Londoners can take to cut their emissions
schemes alongside a sound financial               and reduce their energy bill and a new
proposal. We want to work hand in hand            one-stop-shop advice and referral service
with our construction partners to deliver         accessible by internet and by phone.
substantial benefits to the environment           A pilot Green Homes ‘concierge service’
and local communities in our development          has just been completed in Lewisham. The
activities.                                       scheme offered households comprehensive
                                                  environmental advice and project
Zero Carbon Development                           management of programmes to reduce
The LDA is leading on the delivery of a zero      carbon emissions from their homes. The
carbon development in the Thames                  concierge service will be launched across
Gateway at Gallions Park. A key aim of this       London by the end of December 2007.
project is to demonstrate the commercial
feasibility of zero carbon development and
to disseminate learning to the development
community. The LDA will continue to
promote zero carbon development at
Gallions Park, which will be delivered
through a joint venture with Crest Nicholson,
Bioregional Quintain and the Southern
Housing Association. All new LDA schemes
will be low or zero carbon, building upon our
experience at Gallions Park.

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   Economic development and health are connected,
   and the LDA has a vital role to play in improving the
   health of all Londoners.

   Through our strategies to tackle                 It is vital that we understand the
   worklessness and child poverty, and to           determinants of health inequalities as they
   improve London’s environment, we can             affect different minority groups, and the
   have a major impact on health and health         new Mayoral duty on health inequalities
   inequalties. Evidence suggests that without      will strengthen our ability to do this.
   a consideration of health issues, we cannot
   achieve sustainable economic growth and          Lead role
   development, and that the LDA has huge           The LDA is the lead RDA for heath,
   potential to influence the factors that          responsible for engagement with the
   impact upon people’s health that are             Department of Health and providing us with
   beyond the scope of bodies in the health         the opportunity to influence health issues.
                                                    As a result of its health responsibilities, the
   Furthermore, we recognise that the wider         LDA commissioned a piece of work from the
   health sector has a major role to play in        Office of Public Management to explore the
   London’s economy.                                ‘economic case for health in regional
   The impact of the quality of housing on          economic development’ which was a two-
   quality of life is well documented; it is also   part project to examine the link between
   known that workless individuals and              health and economic development across
   children living in poverty are more likely to    RDAs and particularly in the work of the
   be living in poorer quality housing.             LDA. The project considered RDA activity
                                                    and provided recommendations to help
   The economic case for addressing health in       shape economic development strategies.
   London is strengthened by the scale of the       A key output from this work is a health
   health inequalities challenges the capital       impact model which can be used to
   faces. It is vital that we understand the        illustrate the key interaction between
   determinants of health inequalities as they      health and economic development. It will
   affect different minority groups, and the        support the LDA in mainstreaming and
   new Mayoral duty on health inequalities          embedding the health cross-cutting theme.
   will strengthen our ability to do this. We
   work closely with the London Health
   Commission and the London Regional
   Public Health Group to help bring together
   health and economic development in

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Health Sector                                    Some examples of the LDA’s key health
The LDA is supporting a number of projects       related interventions include:
through the Opportunities Fund, which are        • Funding the development of the Centre
providing training and development                 of the Cell, a centre specifically designed
specifically for jobs in the health sector.        to provide learning opportunities to
78 of the 94 projects will focus on                school age children in the East End
equalities groups and together will provide        within a real working scientific and
training and employment support for more           biomedical research environment
than 14,000 women, 5,000 people with
disabilities and 15,000 people from black        • Support for the formation of the UK
and minority ethnic groups. This includes          Stem Cell Foundation, which is intended
a number of projects supporting individuals        to establish an investment fund
currently on incapacity benefits especially        (targeted at £100m) to act as a catalyst
those with mental health problems.                 for development of stem cell based
Some specific examples of projects are             technologies to create new products and
given below:                                       processes for regenerative medicine

Ready for Employment supports a team             • Facilitating the establishment of NHS
of three employment advisors to work in            Innovations London Hub is a partnership
partnership with Local Authority and               between the LDA, the Office of Science
Primary Care Trusts to provide employment          and Technology, the Department of
support to people with mental health               Health with the member NHS Trusts
issues.                                            contributing to the hub to help Trusts
                                                   identify, protect and develop their
SEAT delivers in partnership between               intellectual property (IP)
Capacity Unlimited and StepForward will
combine traditional job support such as          • Supporting St George’s Hospital Medical
interview skills training with a focus on          School (SGHMS) and the St George’s
practical and emotional help for those with        Healthcare NHS Trust in the joint
mental health difficulties.                        development of a commercial Clinical
                                                   Research Facility
Employment Pathways to Social
Inclusion delivered by City and Hackney
Mind aims to reduce inequality in access
                                                 London Healthy Urban
and opportunity by offering specialised          Development Unit (HUDU)
services for people with mental health     The LDA continues to provide core funding
problems to prepare them for entry into theto the NHS London Healthy Urban
labour market.                             Development Unit (HUDU) which, from
                                           April 2006, was co-located with the LDA.
Gets Patients Working East places
                                           HUDU’s primary aim is to promote healthy
professional Employment Advisors into GP’s
                                           sustainable communities by assisting
surgeries to engage with people who are
                                           the NHS to engage more fully and
economically inactive for health-related
                                           effectively with the urban planning and
reasons, supporting patients whom
                                           development process.
doctors recognise would benefit from
a return to work.

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Workplace Health Needs                          suffering disproportionately. In some parts
The links between physical activity and         of London, people struggle to access
health are well established, and we are         affordable, nutritious food and many of
working to consider how we can make             those involved in the food system are barely
these links within the workplace through        benefiting from it economically, whilst the
our business support activities. The LDA        environmental impact of the food system
committed in the 2006 to 2009 Corporate         is considerable.
Plan to “undertake development work to          Through funding of £3.87 million, the
design a healthy workforce programme”           London Food Strategy was launched last
and has now agreed to provide funding to        year and sets the strategic context and
‘Activate your workplace’. This pilot project   outlines a plan of action to help us all make
builds on the impact of hosting the 2012        better and healthier choices. It has five
Games to improve Londoners’ health and          broad objectives. They are to:
physical activity levels through their
workplaces.                                     • improve Londoners’ health and reduce
                                                  health inequalities via the food they eat
According to research by both the Work
Foundation and St Mary’s Centre for             • reduce the negative environmental
Workplace Health, the link between                impacts of London’s food system
workplace health and the impact on              • support a vibrant food economy
productivity is not well recognised by
employers. The project will support and         • celebrate and promote London’s
encourage London businesses to improve            food culture
the health of their workers.                    • develop London’s food security
The pilot phase of the project will be
delivered by the Centre for Workplace
Health at St Mary’s University College
Twickenham. Support in kind for the
delivery of the project is provided by
Transport for London and the Fitness
Industry Association. Financial support will
be provided by Sport England, Transport for
London and the LDA.

London Food Strategy
Londoners benefit from a complex food
system that daily meets the capital’s needs.
Its extraordinary diversity is reflected by
over 60 different cuisines provided in over
12,000 restaurants, with a wide ranging
variety of retail outlets to match. However,
obesity and diet-related illnesses are
growing, with many on low incomes

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         LDA Board
         and staff

LDA Board                                        Mary Reilly
During the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March       Chair of the Board
2007, our Board consisted of 15 members          Mary Reilly has been Chair of the Board
drawn from the private and business              since 1 August 2004. Mary is a senior
sectors, local government and the Greater        partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP. She
London Assembly (GLA). The Board also had        works with organisations operating in a
two Observers representing higher and            wide range of industries including retail
further education.                               businesses, recruitment, media, business
During this period nine regular Board            services, manufacturing and professional
meetings were held as well as three              practices. She is a Fellow of the Royal
special workshops. In accordance with the        Society of Arts, the Institute of Chartered
principles of open government embodied           Accountants of England and Wales and the
in the LDA’s Standing Orders, the Board          Vice-Chair of the London Regional Council
continued to keep Part Two of its meetings       of the CBI.
open to the public and media. Meeting
dates, the complete agenda, public reports       John Biggs
and public minutes (including a summary          Vice-Chair of the Board
of private minutes) are published on the
                                                 John has been Vice-Chair of the Board
LDA’s website at
                                                 since 1 August 2004. John is the Labour
The LDA’s Board members for the period           Party member of the London Assembly
1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007 were:              for the constituency of City and East
                                                 London. He is also Director of London
                                                 Riverside Ltd and Leaside Regenerations
                                                 Ltd. He is a Board member and Deputy
                                                 Chairman of London Thames Gateway
                                                 Development Corporation and he is Chair
                                                 of Docks Management Advisory Board, a
                                                 consultation group on Docks issues on the
                                                 Isle of Dogs. John’s special interests include
                                                 transport, regeneration, developing the

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Thames Gateway, constitutional reform           Steve Hitchins
and the development and empowerment of          Steve Hitchins was appointed to the LDA
regional government.                            Board on 1 August 2004. He was Leader of
                                                Islington Council from January 2000 until
Rumman Ahmed                                    May 2006 during which time the council
A member of the Board since 1 August            was identified by the Audit Commission
2004 Rumman was the Community                   as ‘the fastest improving council in the
Relations Advisor to the Royal Borough of       country’. While Leader of the Council Steve
Kensington and Chelsea until May 2007           chaired the Islington Strategic Partnership
when he retired. He was a member of the         which entered a Local Area Agreement and
Home Secretary’s Race Equality Advisory         administered Islington’s Neighbourhood
Panel until Autumn 2005 and in 2006             Renewal Fund.
was a member of the Race Equality Group
                                                Steve provides consultancy to the
charged with reviewing all discrimination
                                                Leadership Centre for Local Government
laws and advising the setting up of the
                                                and the Improvement & Development
Commission of Equalities and Human
                                                Agency. He is Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes
Rights and reporting to the Equalities
                                                Research Foundation UK, a member of
Minister at the DCLG.
                                                Newlon Housing Trust and a member of
Until September 2006 Rumman was                 Board for their ‘Fresh Start’ programme.
Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and until
March 2007 a member of Chartered                George Kessler, CBE
Institute of Management and the Institute       George was appointed to the LDA Board
of Fundraising.                                 on 1 August 2004. He is Group Deputy
                                                Chairman of Kessler’s International Group
Mick Connolly                                   Limited, Europe’s leading producers of
Appointed to the Board 3 July 2004, Mick        point-of-purchase display and a director
was Regional Secretary of Southern and          of nine other companies. He is a Board
Eastern TUC a role he retired from 19 July      member of London Manufacturing Group
2006. He is a member of the London East         and Chair of LDA’s Production Industries
Learning and Skills Council. Mick is also the   Commission as well as a former Non-
Treasurer of the National Assembly Against      Executive Director of Maxitech Ltd. George
Racism .                                        is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Michael Frye, CBE                               Jeremy Long
Michael was appointed to the LDA                A member of the Board since 1 August
Board on 1 August 2004. As a leading            2004, Jeremy is CEO of European Business,
UK industrialist, Michael is Chairman of        MTR Corporation. He is the former
Lynara Holdings Ltd and Nye Ltd. He is          Chairman of CBI London Regional Council.
also Director of Swiss Digital Technologies     Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of
SDT SA. He serves on the Public Services        Arts and a Fellow of Institute of Chartered
Productivity Panel Unit for the Treasury and    Accountants of England and Wales.
is also a Member of the Ministerial (PSXE)
Committee on E-Commerce.                        Eric Ollerenshaw, OBE
Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of         Appointed to the LDA Board on 1 August
Art, Trustee of Worldaware and Vision           2004. Eric is the Leader of the Conservative
for London and a member of the London           group on Hackney Council where he has
Regional and Committee of the CBI.              been a Councillor since 1990. He is the
                                                Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny and
                                                Head of Cities and Diversity at the Council.

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LDA Board and staff

Lord Paul                                        owned radio station, Choice FM. Yvonne is
Lord Paul, appointed to the Board on 1           also a Board member of Britain in Europe,
August 2004, is Chairman of the Caparo           an observer on the Board of Business Link
Group and member of the House of                 for London, and a member of the DTI’s Small
Lords Select Committees for Science              Business Council.
and Technology and Economic Affairs.             She chairs the DTI’s Ethnic Minority
He is Chancellor of the University of            Business Forum, the London Central
Wolverhampton and Chancellor of the              Learning and Skills Council, and the African
University of Westminster. He is also a          Caribbean Business Network Ltd. Yvonne
member of the Council of Royal Albert Hall       has recently finished a four-year term on
and Chairman of the Zoological Society of        the Economic and Social Committee in
London Fundraising Advisory Committee.           Brussels and was awarded a CBE in the
                                                 Queens Honours Birthday List in 2003 in
Cllr Dame Sally Powell, DBE                      recognition of the work she has carried out
Dame Sally Powell was appointed to the           with black and ethnic minority businesses
Board on 1 August 2004, is a Councillor          (Yvonne resigned from the Board 2 April
in the London Borough of Hammersmith             2007).
and Fulham, Deputy Chair of Business Link
London and Deputy Group Leader of the            Alison Wheaton
Local Government Association. Until May          A member of the LDA Board since 1 August
2006, she was Deputy for Regeneration at         2004, Alison is Property and IT Director
the London Borough of Hammersmith and            for Mitchells & Butlers with responsibility
Fulham. Sally is Patron of Hammersmith           for all areas of property and IT across the
Women’s Aid.                                     estate of 1,850 pubs and pub restaurants,
                                                 including Asset Management, Building
Charles Secrett                                  Management, Estates, Acquisitions and IT.
Charles Secrett was appointed to the LDA
Board on 1 August 2004. He is Chair of           Angela Brady, FRIAI. RIBA. ARB. FRSA.
Board of Triodos Bank Renewable Energy           Appointed 22 November 2006, Angela is
Fund, Trustee of The Building Exploratory,       a Practising Architect at Brady Mallalieu
Board member of FARM, Vice-President             Architects LLP. She is a member of the
of London Wildlife Trust and former              National Panel of Civic Trust and the
Executive Director of Friends of the Earth       CABE English Heritage Urban Panel. A
(1993 to 2003). Charles works for London         former Royal Institute of the Architects
Unlimited/Visit London and the Mayor’s           Ireland (RIAI) Architects Council. She is
Office to provide environmental advice and       Chairperson and founding member of RIAI
programme management.                            London Forum. She is a Member of the
                                                 RIBA Equality Forum and in 2006 was the
Yvonne Thompson, CBE                             Chairperson of Women In Architecture
Yvonne was appointed to the LDA Board            Committee. Angela is the Design champion
on 1 August 2004 and has run her                 on the LDA Board
own marketing and PR Company, ASAP
Communications for 20 years. She is a
Director of the UK’s only legally black

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LDA Board Observers                              Members Remuneration
1 April 2006 – 31 March 2007                     In September 2006 the Mayor approved
                                                 revised remuneration levels for Board
Professor David S Latchman                       members. These revised levels have
Appointed on 1 April 2006, Professor             been arrived at taking into account the
Latchman is Master of Birkbeck University        increased time commitment of members,
of London, a position he has held since          comparative rates of remuneration and
1 January 2003. He is also a Professor of        cost of living adjustments. The revised
genetics at Birkbeck and at University           levels of remuneration are:
College London. He has published                 Chair of Board               £55,000 pro-rata –
extensively in the field of Genetics and                                      increase of £5,000pa
Molecular Biology.                               Vice Chair of Board*         £25,500 –
                                                                              increase of £3,500pa
Professor Latchman is Chair Elect of London
                                                 Chair of Committee           £20,000 –
Higher, and a Board member of:                                                increase of £3,000pa
London School of Hygiene and Topical             Chair of Advisory Group      £17,000 –
Medicine                                                                      increase of £3,000pa
                                                 Board member                 £14,000 –
School of Oriental and African Studies                                        increase of £2,000pa
Heath Protection Agency and Biological           *Please note that Board Members who are also
Standards Board                                  members of the London Assembly are not
                                                 remunerated by virtue of Paragraph 3A (i) of
He is also a Board member, consultant            Schedule 2 RDA Act 1998
and founder of BioVex Ltd, a company
established by him with Venture Capital
funding on the basis of patents developed
by his laboratory.

Sue Rimmer
Appointed to the Board 1 September
2006, Sue is the Principal of South Thames
College and Chair of the Association of
Colleges (AoC) London Region. Sue has
represented the Further Education sector
at a national, regional and local level on the
Success for all Advisory Group, Funding &
Planning Advisory Group and the London
Central Learning and Skills Council Board.
She has strong interest in Equalities and
has worked as an Equal Opportunities
consultant at the GLC.

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Board Committees and                              Business Engagement & Skills
                                                  Committee (formerly Business & Skills
Advisory Groups                                   Committee until 14 September 2006) –
The Board has five sub-committees and             met eight times and held one special
two advisory groups to advise it on key           workshop
strategic issues. Their membership is drawn
                                                  Membership: Jeremy Long (Chair), George
from the Board and a Board member chairs
                                                  Kessler (Deputy Chair), Rumman Ahmed,
each committee and advisory group. Some
                                                  Mick Connolly, Professor David S Latchman,
committees have co-opted members who
                                                  Michael Frye, Steve Hitchins, Sue Rimmer
bring expert advice in particular areas. The
                                                  (from 1 September 2006) and Alison
purpose of the committees and working
                                                  Wheaton (until 14 September 2006).
groups is to provide a forum for in-depth
and specialist discussion of policy areas
                                                  Resources, Risk & Audit Committee
to guide decisions by the full Board or
                                                  (formerly Performance & Audit
the Executive. They play a valuable role
                                                  Committee until 14 September 2006)
in informing the strategic direction and
                                                  – met five times
policies of the LDA.
                                                  Membership: John Biggs (Chair and
In September 2006 the Board approved              member until 14 September 2006),
amendments to the Standing Orders which           Michael Frye, (Deputy Chair and member
changed the Committee structure and               until 14 September 2006), Alison Wheaton
membership to align with the new LDA              (Deputy Chair from 14 September 2006),
organisational structure.                         Professor David S Latchman, Mick Connolly,
For the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March           Eric Ollerenshaw, and Sally Powell (joined
2007, the LDA’s five committees, their            the Committee as Chair 14 September
membership, and the number of times they          2006).
each met are outlined below.
                                                  Infrastructure & Development
Corporate Strategy Committee                      Committee (formerly Regeneration
(formerly Corporate Affairs Committee             and Development Committee until
until 14 September 2006) – met two                14 September 2006) – met seven times
times                                             and held two special workshops
Membership: Mary Reilly (Chair), John             Membership: Cllr Dame Sally Powell (Chair
Biggs (Deputy Chair), Michael Frye (until         until 14 September 2006, Deputy Chair
14 September 2006), George Kessler,               from 14 September 2006), John Biggs
Jeremy Long, Cllr Dame Sally Powell, Charles      (Deputy Chair until 14 September 2006,
Secrett, Lord Paul, Yvonne Thompson and           Chair from 14 September 2006), George
Alison Wheaton (from September 14 2006).          Kessler, Eric Ollerenshaw, Charles Secrett,
                                                  Angela Brady (from 22 November 2006)
                                                  and Yvonne Thompson.

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Olympic Delivery Committee – met six         The code applies to all appointed members,
times and held six special meetings          observers and specialist advisers of the
Membership: Lord Paul (Chair), Mary          LDA’s Board, committees and advisory
Reilly, Jeremy Long, Mick Connelly, Alison   groups. Members must observe the LDA’s
Wheaton, Cllr Dame Sally Powell. John        Code of Conduct whenever they are:
Biggs (an observer until 14 September        • conducting the business of the LDA
2006 at which time he became a formal
member of the Committee)                     • conducting the business of the office to
                                               which he or she has been appointed
Health & Sustainability Advisory Group       • acting as a representative of the LDA
– met four times and held one special
workshop                                     The Code covers, amongst other things:
Membership: Charles Secrett (Chair), Steve   • standards in public life expected of Board
Hitchins, George Kessler (shared role) and     members
Michael Frye (shared role).
                                             • LDA values
Equality Monitoring & Review Group           • corporate responsibilities of the Board
– met four times
                                             • individual responsibilities and personal
Membership: Yvonne Thompson (Chair),           liability of Board members
Mick Connolly, Sue Rimmer (from
1 September 2006) and Rumman Ahmed.          • disclosure of sensitive information
                                             • Board induction and performance
LDA Standing Orders                            appraisal
The Standing Orders cover the following:     The Standing Orders are reviewed on
the LDA’s scheme of delegation, conduct      a regular basis to ensure they remain
of meetings, financial regulations,          up-to-date with best practice corporate
procurement code, single programme           governance.
guide, land transactions, codes of conduct
for Board members and employees,             The Standing Orders and full information
registration and declaration of interests    on the structure and membership of our
gifts and hospitality.                       Board and Committees is available at
A Code of Conduct and Best Practice guide
for Board members sets out the standards
of conduct expected of Board members.

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        Resources and             Strategy and           Communications              Corporate
            Risk                  Performance             and Marketing               Services


                                    Business               Olympic and
                                  Engagement               Pan London
                                   and Skills             Infrastructure
                                  Development             Development

Breakdown of Contract for Established Posts for LDA
Directorate        Permanent         Temp        Fixed Term     Secondee     Consultant FTC (British Contractor   GLA
                                                  Contract                               Council)     on Site
                   Head        Head      Head      Head      Head      Head      Head      Head
                   Count   FTE Count FTE Count FTE Count FTE Count FTE Count FTE Count FTE Count FTE
and Skills           121 119.9       18 17.8        46 45.9        4   4.0      3   2.4      4 4.0      0   0.0   0 0.0
and Marketing         26   25.6       3   2.5        1    1.0      0   0.0      0   0.0      0 0.0      0   0.0   0 0.0
Services              33   32.1       8   8.0        3    3.0      0   0.0      0   0.0      0 0.0      0   0.0   0 0.0
Olympic and
Pan London
Infrastructure        78   76.8       9   9.0       13 13.0        6   5.0      7   6.6      0 0.0      1   1.0   0 0.0
and Risk              27   26.8      15 15.0         3    3.0      1   1.0      2   2.0      0 0.0      0   0.0   0 0.0
Equalities and
Performance           42   40.5       5   4.6       11 10.5        4   4.0      0   0.0      0 0.0      0   0.0   3 3.0
Total               7 .7         6.        77 76.        .0       .0        .0       .0      .0

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Breakdown of Ethnicity
BAME (LDA BAME Target %)
                                            BAME                White British           Not Stated
                                       Number          %      Number          %      Number        %
Business Engagement and Skills             91    41.55%           107    48.86%           21     9.59%
Communications and Marketing               13    38.24%             19   55.88%            2     5.88%
Corporate Services                         21    37.50%             31   55.36%            4     7.14%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure      26    22.61%             76   66.09%           13     11.30%
Resources and Risk                         27    45.00%             27   45.00%            6     10.00%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance       24    34.78%             38   55.07%            7     10.14%

Ethnic Origin
                                   Asian or Asian British   Black or Black British    Chinese or Other
                                      Number            %     Number            %    Number          %
Business Engagement and Skills             20     9.13%             35   15.98%            7     3.20%
Communications and Marketing                2     5.88%              3    8.82%            1     2.94%
Corporate Services                          4     7.14%              6   10.71%            0     0.00%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure       3     2.61%              4    3.48%            1     0.87%
Resources and Risk                          4     6.67%             11   18.33%            4     6.67%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance        4     5.80%              5    7.25%            0     0.00%

Ethnic Origin
                                           Mixed                  White                 Not Stated
                                       Number          %      Number            %    Number        %
Business Engagement and Skills              3     1.37%           133    60.73%           21     9.59%
Communications and Marketing                3     8.82%             23   67.65%            2     5.88%
Corporate Services                          0     0.00%             42   75.00%            4     7.14%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure       0     0.00%             94   81.74%           13     11.30%
Resources and Risk                          1     1.67%             34   56.67%            6     10.00%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance        2     2.90%             51   73.91%            7     10.14%

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Gender Origin (LDA Female Target %)
                                                        Female            Male
                                                   Number        %   Number        %
Business Engagement and Skills                        125   57.08%       94   42.92%
Communications and Marketing                           24   70.59%       10   29.41%
Corporate Services                                     27   48.21%       29   51.79%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure                  44   38.26%       71   61.74%
Resources and Risk                                     26   43.33%       34   56.67%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance                   38   55.07%       31   44.93%

Breakdown of Disabled (Social Definition) (LDA Disabled Target %)
                                                      Disabled         Not Disabled
                                                   Number        %   Number         %
Business Engagement and Skills                          6   2.74%       213   97.26%
Communications and Marketing                            1   2.94%        33   97.06%
Corporate Services                                      2   3.57%        54   96.43%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure                   1   0.87%       114   99.13%
Resources and Risk                                      2   3.33%        58   96.67%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance                    2   2.90%        67   97.10%

Breakdown of Disabled (DDA) (LDA Disabled Target %)
                                                      Disabled         Not Disabled
                                                   Number        %   Number         %
Business Engagement and Skills                          6   2.74%       213   97.26%
Communications and Marketing                            0   0.00%        34 100.00%
Corporate Services                                      1   1.79%        55   98.21%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure                   2   1.74%       113   98.26%
Resources and Risk                                      3   5.00%        57   95.00%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance                    1   1.45%        68   98.55%

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Breakdown by Age
                                           6-                  6-                 6-
                                       Number        %       Number           %    Number          %
Business Engagement and Skills              9   4.11%             82     37.44%        64      29.22%
Communications and Marketing                9   26.47%              7    20.59%         8      23.53%
Corporate Services                          5   8.93%             12     21.43%        17      30.36%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure       6   5.22%             40     34.78%        27      23.48%
Resources and Risk                          2   3.33%             19     31.67%        11      18.33%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance        3   4.35%             26     37.68%        23      33.33%

Breakdown by Age
                                            6-                       6+          Not Stated
                                       Number        %       Number           %    Number          %
Business Engagement and Skills             22   10.05%              7      3.20%       35      15.98%
Communications and Marketing                6   17.65%              0     0.00%         4      11.76%
Corporate Services                          8   14.29%              1     1.79%        13      23.21%
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure       6   13.04%              7     6.09%        20      17.39%
Resources and Risk                          2   13.33%              0     0.00%        20      33.33%
Strategy, Equalities and Performance        3   13.04%              3     4.35%         5       7.25%

Belief or Religion
                                                            Based on                      Based on
                                                          (7% responses)                   Workforce
No religion                                         142           33.1%                        23.55%
Bahal                                                 0             0.0%                       0.00%
Buddhist                                              3             0.7%                       0.50%
Christian                                           212           49.4%                        35.16%
Hindu                                                10             2.3%                       1.66%
Jain                                                  0             0.0%                       0.00%
Jewish                                                5             1.2%                       0.83%
Muslim                                               13             3.0%                       2.16%
Sikh                                                  8             1.9%                       1.33%
Other                                                32             7.5%                       5.31%
Prefer Not to Say                                     4             0.9%                       0.66%
Total                                                           .%                       7.%
Unknown or responded                                174                                        28.86%

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Sexual Orientation
                                                              Based on                            Based on
                                                            (7% responses)                         Workforce
Heterosexual                                          385                 90%                          63.8%
Gay                                                    17                 4%                            2.8%
Lesbian                                                 4                 1%                            0.7%
Bisexual                                                9                 2%                            1.5%
Transgender                                             0                 0%                            0.0%
No response                                            14                 3%                            2.3%
Total                                                              00%                             7.%
Total LGBT%                                                               7%                              5%

Salary and Consultancy fees  April 006 –  March 007
                                 Permanent             Board and                Contracted               Total
                                 Staff £’000          Chair £’000               Staff £’000          All Staff
Salaries                               17,330                  251                                     17,581
National Insurance                      1,601                   19                                      1,620
Pension Contribution                    3,103                    6                                      3,109
Pension Enhancement                       97                                                               97
Agency                                                                                  6,382           6,382
Seconded Costs                                                                          1,867           1,867
Total                                  ,                  76                      ,         0,66

Breakdown of Non-Established Posts for LDA
Directorate                       Consultant Graduate Secondee Temporary      Work                      Total
                                            Placement               Post Placement
Business Engagement and Skills             11           0             4            10           1          26
Communications and Marketing                0           1             0             3           1           5
Corporate Services                          7           1             1             4           1          14
Olympic and Pan London Infrastructure       9           0             1             1           0          11
Resources and Risk                          2           0             4             6           0          12
Strategy, Equalities and Performance        0           0             0             5           0           5
Total                                                             0                                 7

         LDA Annual Report and Accounts 2006/2007
In September 2006 the LDA relocated to Palestra, a new building directly opposite
Southwark Tube station in a major south London regeneration area.
The annual rent for Palestra is £1,830,005.24 p.a which works out at £30.77 per square
foot. The service charge is £8.50 per square foot.
The lease on Devon House runs until 28.09.2009 and is £192,000 p.a. The service charge
is £13.24 per square foot.
Therefore, the total paid by the LDA in rent is £2,022,005.24 per annum.
The move to Palestra went well and generated a lot of local interest. We are already
taking opportunities to build good relationships with the local community. During the
coming year Transport for London will be occupying the rest of the building and we will
be exploring opportunities to work collaboratively with them to improve the services and
facilities within the building for both staff and visitors.

Openness and transparency
As a public body, we are continuously working to ensure that our policies and processes
are open and transparent. Improvements that we have started to develop and implement
• further work to embed our Stakeholder Care Policy and raise awareness of these issues
  amongst our staff
• updates to our induction programme for new staff incorporating a session on the
  Freedom of Information Act and related legislation overview
• implementation of a Stakeholder Relationship Management system to make our
  enquiry management more efficient and effective
• in 2007 we have introduction a Stakeholder Relationship Management system which
  will enable everyone in the agency manage day-to-day communications
General enquiries to the LDA are made via telephone calls, correspondence (letters and
emails) and face-to-face requests. Service standards for responding to enquiries are within
10 working days. From April 2006 to March 2007 we have responded to 5188 enquiries.
Our service standards for responding to Freedom of Information (FOI) enquiries are to
acknowledge them within two working days and to give a full response within 20 working
days. From April 2006 to March 2007, we responded to 72 FOI requests for information.
We also received and responded to 16 formal complaints.

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The LDA is committed to listening to its partners and stakeholders to ensure our strategies
reflect London’s social and economic development needs.
We consult on a wide range of issues from regional and business sector projects and
policies to London-wide strategies, local regeneration and development plans.
We have a consultation framework to help us shape, inform and guide our future work in
order to meet the following LDA strategic consultation objectives.
• Achieve high quality decision-making and resource allocation informed by the views
  and experience of our partners and stakeholders
• Actively engage and empower London’s communities in their own economic
• Attain stakeholder buy-in and project support on all levels to help achieve genuine
  sustainable regeneration
• Improve the strength, reputation and profile of the agency through enhanced
  stakeholder relationships
• Attract funding and support for London’s priorities from the many other players that are
  active in furthering London’s economic development
• Provide leadership in economic regeneration
• Learn from others – maximising valuable resources and expertise available
• Tap into on the ground realities and produce responsive and representative projects and
  policies as a result
• Fulfill our statutory responsibilities

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In addition to a wide range of community engagement for the Olympic delivery process and
the Public Inquiry for the Olympic, Lower Lea Valley and Legacy Compulsory Purchase Order
(please see Olympic section for further details), we also consulted with stakeholders on:
• Crystal Palace Park Masterplan
• ESF Regional Framework Development
• ERDF OP 2007-2013
• London Skills and Employment Board Strategy
• Royals Business Park Masterplan
• Haringey Heartlands Masterplan
• North London Development Investment Framework
• Social Enterprise and Business Support strategy
• DTI Business Support Simplification Programme
• Gender Equalities Scheme
• St Andrews Hospital
• ESF Regional Framework Development
• Corporate Plan 2007-2010

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