The capital’s companies want the government to do more for London, our survey says
More than six in ten of London’s senior business executives believe the UK government is “not doing enough to secure London’s future as an international business centre”, according to a ComRes survey of more than 1,000 people in the capital commissioned by LondonlovesBusiness.com.*
Two-thirds of London business leaders also believe that more central government money should be spent in the capital to tackle poverty, our survey found.
The bad news for Cameron and the coalition government continues: less than half of London business leaders – 47 per cent – have confidence in the national government’s ability to manage the 2012 Olympics: the most valuable global showcase for the capital for decades.
Moreover, as we exclusively revealed yesterday, 57 per cent of business leaders said that Londoners “are unfairly subsidising other parts of the UK.”.
The findings suggest that Boris Johnson will need to continue to distance himself from Whitehall in his campaign to remain mayor following the election on 3 May 2012.
So which mayoral candidate will London’s business leaders vote for? Visit LondonlovesBusiness.com tomorrow for the results of our ComRes exclusive poll.
For more on London business leaders’ views on future policy direction, click here
* ComRes surveyed 501 London business leaders and 501 members of the public living in London online between 25 July and 2 August 2011. A further online survey was conducted among 401 members of the public and 260 business leaders living in London and the South East between 9 August and 11 August 2011 to address two specific topics: priorities given by the mayor and threats to London’s businesses and workforce.