High Commissioner Of Malawi Visits Billingsgate Market

On Tuesday 5 April, John Scott CC, as Chairman of the Markets Committee, was delighted to welcome the High Commissioner of Malawi on an official visit to Billingsgate Market.  While Malawi is a land-locked country, Lake Malawi has an estimated 1,000 species of fish and the fishing industry accounts for 4% of GDP and employs 300,000 people.  In terms of exports this is a largely untapped resource and the High Commissioner is keen to explore opportunities, including the sale of tropical fish for aquariums.

John Scott - Malawi

High Commissioner (centre third from right) with John Scott (centre, third from left) and David Smith, the Director of Markets & Consumer Protection (second from left)

 

Dragon Awards 2016 – 25 April Application Deadline

For 29 years the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards have recognised and celebrated organisations making an exemplary impact across London’s communities. The 2016 Awards are now open for applications and the Lord Mayor, Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans, and we hope you will support us in encouraging the businesses in your ward to apply.

The Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards are an opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their significant contribution to society, through volunteering, employability initiatives and local purchasing. Applicants have the chance to join a prestigious cohort of previous winners, including Alium Partners, Freshfields, IBM and Lloyds Banking Group. Together, these organisations represent the City of London’s vision for a competitive and inclusive city.

With just under four weeks left to apply (applications close on 25th April), your support is crucial in helping us to reach more companies, and enabling them to be recognised. Attached are two documents to aid your promotion. The first is a call to action from the Lord Mayor that can be passed on electronically. The second is a promotion pack.  Both are attached.

Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards Promotional Pack

Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards

For more information, please contact dragonawards@cityoflondon.go.uk or call 0207 332 1762.

Keeping Our City Safe

Dealing with terrorism and properly funding the City of London Police is vital for us all in the City.

In the face of a severe threat level and more atrocities committed by terrorists in Europe it is vital that our police are properly resourced.City of London logo

Over the last three months we have lobbied hard on this issue when the City Corporation was debating funding for its police force and we fully support the £1.6m additional annual police funding agreed at Court of Common Council on 3 March.  This money will be used to fund additional specialist firearms officers and continued work on counter terrorism to keep the City of London safe.  This has been afforded by increasing the Business Rates Premium from 4p to 5p in the £.  The first increase for 9 years and one also supported by many of The City’s businesses.

The City Police continually assess Counter Terrorism response and measure reassurance amongst London’s communities via a quarterly survey of residents and businesses. Please do take 5 minutes to complete the short survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/98TT77T

Did you know that you can see the work of our Police first hand?

Our Police are inviting people to be involved in an impartial scrutiny group assessing stop and search processes, and other areas of police engagement and intervention on crime as part of an Independent Advisory Group.  The scrutiny group will involve volunteers meeting once every three months, and giving impartial feedback on areas of police involvement including stop and search.

Also the Community Roadwatch initiative involves members of the community accompanying a uniform officer and using a speed gauge device, identifying speeding vehicles and will give you the opportunity to work with police on road safety.

Please contact Luke Harley directly for more information:

Luke Harley, Temporary Inspector, Uniform Policing Directorate
City of London Police
email: Luke.Harley@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk
telephone: 0207 601 2406 / 0207 601 2222
mobile: 07803 305198
address: 5 Snow Hill London EC1A 2DP

Princess Beatrix Visits Broad Street Ward

Princess Beatrix at the Dutch ChurchPrincess Beatrix of the Netherlands visited the Dutch Church on Friday, 24 April, at the invitation of the Trustees of the Koning Willem Fonds and the Dutch Centre. Three prominent Dutch institutions in the UK mark major milestones in 2015: the Koning Willem Fonds has its 140th anniversary, the successful Dutch Centre is officially opened, and the Dutch Church in Austin Friars will have been a symbol of the flourishing Dutch presence in the City of London for 465 years. These three very different charities together represent the many rich intellectual, cultural, spiritual and compassionate connections between the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. We were honoured to have such a senior Member of the Dutch Royal Family and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who is Honorary President of the Koning Willem Fonds.  The funds raised will go in equal measure to the Koning Willem Fonds and the Dutch Centre.

The Worshipful Company of Carpenters were kind enough to host everyone after the event at their hall.  The hall was beautifully decorated and the food and drink royally sumptuous.  The Jubilee was a social highlight for the Anglo‐Dutch community and Broad Street Ward members were delighted to be included.

Princess Beatrix Visit Collage