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Economic Development Strategy

Government Offices (GOs) work with Government departments and other partners to strengthen the economy in every region, working to reduce the gap in economic growth rates between the regions and ensure all regions are in the best position to recover from the economic downturn. More information on the national picture

London ’s economy

In London, the Government has delegated responsibility for the performance of London’s Economy to the elected Mayor of London www.london.gov.uk/ and his London Development Agency (LDA). www.lda.gov.uk/   

The Mayor of London periodically publishes an Economic Development Strategy for Greater London. The latest one, a draft for public consultation published in October 2009, is called “Rising to the Challenge”


  • London Development Agency

The LDA  www.lda.gov.uk/  is tasked with ensuring that London remains a global success story. It works with partners from industry, the public and voluntary sectors. Additionally, it drives forward equality, health and sustainability. Its work is prioritised into four themes:

  • Encouraging Business,  
  • Marketing London,
  • Places and Infrastructure,
  • Supporting people.

With the elected Greater London Authority, www.london.gov.uk/ the Mayor’s Greater London Authority group comprises:

·      2012 Olympic Games The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is the public body responsible for developing and building the new venues and infrastructure for the Games and their legacy use after 2012. www.london-2012.co.uk/ODA/

  • ‘CompeteFor’ is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to the London 2012 Games and other major public and private sector buying organisations.

The particular focus is on supply chain opportunities, with CompeteFor acting as a brokerage service, matching buyers with potential suppliers. It also facilitates access to focused business support, through the national Business Link network, helping to boost the long–term competitiveness of your business. www.competefor.com/business/

  • 2012 Legacy

A separate Olympic Park Legacy company has been set up to deliver the  commitment made in the 2012 bid for a lasting legacy of social, physical and economic regeneration which has underpinned the design of the Olympic Park and the Olympic venues.



  • Business Link in London (BLiL)

BLiL offers a free, impartial advice service available to anyone starting or running a small or medium sized business in the capital.

Funded by the London Development Agency (LDA) it provides high quality and practical information and business advice, and can connect companies to expert assistance to help them succeed.


·         Transport

Transport impacts on everyone's lives. Improving the transport system and its operation is a critical element in the Government’s economic, social and environmental agenda. Better access to jobs and services, particularly for those most in need, is a priority shared between local and central government, and a core aspect of Government Office work. 

Most transport matters in London are covered by Transport for London (TfL), the integrated body responsible for the Capital's transport system. TfL implements the Mayor's Transport Strategy for London and manages those transport services within the Capital for which the Mayor has responsibility. These include:

  • Buses , London Underground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
  • London Overground, Tramlink , London River Services, Victoria Coach Station

The London boroughs retain the responsibility for managing the local road network in London. Issues relating to highways maintenance and parking (unless relating to a “red route”, whereby TfL are the highway authority) should be addressed to the relevant London borough .

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Department for Transport

Highways Agency

Transport for London

London Councils

  • London ’s resilience

The London Resilience Team, part of the Government Office for London, consists of civil servants and specialist advisors seconded from London Resilience Partner organisations.

Their vision for the Regional Delivery Priorities Plan for 2009/10 is London Prepared


  • Sustainable Development

Government Office for London (GOL) aims to promote greater understanding of environmental and sustainable development issues and ensure that Government policies are fully integrated into strategies and initiatives in London.


Related links

London Councils                                                 www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/

London First                                                        www.london- first.co.uk/

Think London                                                     www.thinklondon.com/

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