Covid-19 Recovery Task Force Survey – Make Your Views Known

We invite you to complete a public survey being launched Monday by the City of London Corporation’s Recovery Task Force: www.givemyview.com/returntosquaremile 

The City of London Corporation has launched a Recovery Task Force which will provide a blueprint for how the Square Mile can remain internationally competitive and locally vibrant.  The mission of the taskforce is to ensure the Square Mile is the world’s most innovative, inclusive and sustainable business ecosystem, and an attractive place to work, live, learn and visit.

We have launched this survey to capture insights and views of residents, business owners, workers, students and visitors as we consider the future of the Square Mile. We want to hear from as many people as possible, from all backgrounds and communities, so please share among your colleagues, friends and network.

The survey will be live until 25 February 2021.

City of London Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy

Earlier today the City of London Corporation’s Court of Common Council voted to adopt the City of London Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy. This strategy breaks new ground and sets out how we will achieve net zero, build climate resilience and champion sustainable growth, both in the UK and globally over the next two decades. Continue reading

The Community Infrastructure Levy Neighbourhood Fund

The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations require that 15% of CIL receipts should help facilitate neighbourhood priorities. In the City of London, regarded as a single neighbourhood, the City Corporation holds this fund and is required to seek the community’s views on how this Fund should be used.

The scope of the Neighbourhood Fund is deliberately wide and flexible, and includes the provision, improvement, replacement, or maintenance of infrastructure. This includes a broad range of facilities such as play areas, open spaces, parks and green spaces, cultural and sports facilities. It also includes anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area. Importantly, local neighbourhoods have the opportunity to choose where the money is spent according to their own needs.

From 1 September 2018 you can apply for funding easily.

How to apply:

If you have an applicable project in Broad Street Ward that fits the bill, then please apply via the City Corporation website here: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-us/working-with-community/community-infrastructure-levy-neighbourhood-fund

If you wish the members to help, then please do send us the application too.

The minimum value for applications for funding is £1,000, and those under £50,000 will be processed by a panel of officers. Applications for over £50,000 will be considered by the City Corporation’s Resource Allocation Sub-Committee.

Applications should not normally exceed 15% of the total value of the available CIL Neighbourhood Fund at the time of application: updated information on can be found on the webpage.  There are however exceptional circumstances, as outlined on the webpage.

Larger projects of over £50,000 and up to 15% of the total value of the Neighbourhood Fund should meet the priorities identified in the City Corporation’s Regulation 123 List and should demonstrate how the project will deliver value for money, including through the identification of any contributory or match funding, including contributions in time or expertise.

First ‘Virtual’ Common Council In Millennia

The Common Council of the City of London Corporation meets for the first time ‘virtually’ today, 21 May 2020, at 13:00.  The Council members will be using ‘Teams’ while the event is being live-streamed on YouTube.  Pull up a chair and join us.

This follows Captain Tom Moore receiving the Freedom of the City during City of London’s first ‘virtual’ ceremony on 12 May.

Some wags have pointed out that the Council has never been all there, but we might contend “it’s never been more real since virtual became more common” (parse that?).

Support For Residents & Businesses

The many actions taken over the past three months have been consolidated into two very informative documents that should help anyone needing assistance in the City of London during the covid-19 crisis:

As ever, please do feel free to contact your members if we can assist you.

City Business Library Support During Covid-19

City Business Library (CBL) staff have been working hard behind the scenes to find ways in which we can continue to support our business customers during lockdown with their market research, business start-up questions and online learning. We understand that being at home can be frustrating, but we want to help you continue the business plans you had set for 2020.
Visit Covid-19 business support pages on website to find out more »

Free 121 Bitesize Business Advice Sessions

Regular business advice sessions have been condensed to 30 minute online consultations. These are being offered as a complimentary service to anyone thinking of starting a business while City Business Library is closed. Yes, that’s right – business advice for FREE!  Once you register your allocated business advisor will be in touch to arrange a suitable time to talk.
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Covid-19 Global Data

You can now subscribe to MarketLine to receive their regular Coronavirus Executive Briefing, helping you to understand how the outbreak may impact your business.  CBL Remote Access Membership.  You can still become a City Business Library member to access some of our databases which are available remotely. With the Access membership you can get free access to the Cobra (Complete Business Reference Adviser) database that has a factsheet ‘Coronavirus – Government Support for Business’ which contains advice on sources of information for businesses and employers.
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Online Courses

Why not take this time to learn or develop your skills. All online courses have been discounted so you can make the most of your time at home.
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