London First

London First is a very influential business campaigning group, with a mission to make London a leading city. The organisation is made up of over 200 leading employers across a variety of sectors, with a common commitment to the capital. They mobilise business leaders to tackle the changes that London is facing through a range of events, by publishing reports and liaising with policy makers.

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What we are doing together

Collab Group works with London First to ensure that London’s businesses are provided with a highly skilled workforce. We focus on ensuring that the demand for skills by the leading sectors of the economy is met with a supply of a skilled workforce. This relationship is crucial, as the skills gap in London, and throughout the UK, is a very real challenge for the economy. We have previously worked together on joint events and supported London First in their campaigning activities to bring about changes in the apprenticeship levy system.


London First works in different sectors to push forward London’s leadership.



Advocating to ensure that London’s infrastructure meets the needs of its population.


Built environment

Working to secure vital housing and services developments, like advocating for an effective planning system for the development of London.


Economy and tax

Working with members and stakeholders across the UK on policy interventions that will maximise job creation and economic growth.


Tourism and retail

Focus on promoting key policies that helps London’s retail sector stand out.

Latest News & Publications


Further Education in 2020 a Prospectus for change

Collab Group has produced a series of policy recommendations that we think should inform the direction of future government spending within the further education sector.


Further Education in 2020: An Agenda for Change


Vacancy: Commercial Director

Collab Group is recruiting for the position of Commercial Director.


Don’t look back in Anger – Peter Roberts, Covid 19 and an opportunity to reframe?

Check out this guest blog from Bob Harrison reflecting on Peter Roberts and the coronavirus crisis.


Adult Education Budget and Devolution in England

Check out our latest paper on Adult Education Budget and Devolution in England


Employer Engagement Prospectus

This prospectus showcases the relationships that Collab Group colleges have created with employers.