The March 2019 edition of The Perspective will focus on the key issue of skills shortages in the labour market and the broader economic outlook.

Subject: Skills and the labour market

Following feedback from our members, there is unease on the eve of Brexit. In particular, the further tightening of labour markets and the ability to make sustainable hires in the West End to meet the skills shortages businesses currently face.

Date: Tuesday 19 March
Arrival time: 8:45am – 11am
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly

RSVP using the button on this page to confirm your attendance and have your say on this critical issue.

This event will focus on: 

  • The roles apprenticeships can play
  • Upskilling current employees
  • Utilising Heart of London’s bespoke, free recruitment service
  • Leveraging Westminster City Council’s Business Enterprise Unit
  • Higher Education courses
  • Skills shortages and the broader economic outlook

This event is in partnership with Middlesex University London, the University for Skills. To find out more about Middlesex University, click here.




Our expert panel:


Colin Stanbridge, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief Executive: Event Chair - Colin Stanbridge became Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in November 2002.  He is responsible to the Board for all aspects of the Chamber’s work. Prior to joining the Chamber, Colin was Managing Director of Carlton Broadcasting, the London weekday ITV Company from 1996, having joined Carlton as Controller of Regional Affairs in 1993. Colin was a member of the Outer London Commission introduced by Mayor Boris Johnson and also sat on the London Finance Commission which Mayor Sadiq Khan commissioned Professor Tony Travers to reconvene.

Councillor David Harvey, Westminster City Council, Deputy Council Leader and cabinet member: Panellist - Councillor David Harvey was first elected to represent Vincent Square Ward in 2010. Before taking on the role as Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Skills he held the Environment, Sports and Community portfolio. Previously he has also chaired the council’s Adults, Health & Community Protection Policy and Scrutiny Committee and was Deputy Cabinet Member for Finance. David is Chair of the Family Firms Institute, the global policy network of academics and experts in family enterprise, was President of the UK Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship and led STEP, the professional expert community dealing with inheritance planning for families and the vulnerable. Portfolio covers education and schools; business and enterprise; skills, employment and WAES and library and registration services.

Carly Perry, Metro Bank, Head of Recruitment: Panellist - Carly has been working in recruitment for twelve years, she joined Michael Page as a graduate in 2007 and spent six years specialising in Financial Services before joining Metro Bank in 2013 to set up their Recruitment team. Carly’s team are responsible for all hiring activity across Metro Bank, from apprentices to executives, and the organisation has grown from 600 to over 4000 colleagues in the time Carly has been there.

Andy Sellers, 3Search Marketing & Digital Recruitment, Co-Founder: Panellist - Andy is a co-founder of 3Search, a specialist marketing, digital and communications recruitment company, which is part of the 11 Investments group. For the last 10 years, he’s specialised in marketing, communications and digital recruitment and has grown 3Search from three initial founders working in their front rooms, to a business of over 45 people based in the heart of the West End.

Rebecca Lowe, Director of FREER and research fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs: Panellist - As Research Fellow, Rebecca Lowe is currently working on public goods and fiscal decentralisation. She is also Director of FREER, a new IEA initiative focused on economic and social liberalism, and Assistant Editor at ConservativeHome. She has worked for various political research organisations, as a parliamentary researcher, a political consultant, and in the arts, education, and charity sectors. Until late 2017, she was State and Society Fellow and Convenor of the Research Group on Political Thought at Policy Exchange, where she researched and published on topics including income and wealth distribution, UK and international politics, work and welfare policy, equality and need, higher education, and social reform.