Our March networking event was hosted by the Mayor in the Mayor's Parlour. It was an opportunity for the Mayor and Cllr Catherine Faulks, to tell us about the council's Economic Policy.

“As a Council, we understand how important local businesses are to our borough’s economy and employment, and we are determined to support them in every way we can. Last year, we launched Live, work and learn: our plan for a successful local economy, where we committed to delivering 49 actions to boost the local economy, support local businesses and entrepreneurs, and help residents from all walks of life access opportunities in Kensington and Chelsea. We have already started implementing some of the strategy’s key actions. For instance, we are delivering a local supply chain project, supporting new local business forums, providing funding for enterprise advice and training for local entrepreneurs, helping improve access to affordable workspace, supporting the revitalisation of high streets, and we are putting together a business-guide.

One of the main pledges within our strategy is to ensure residents have access to training and work opportunities, and we hope you will be able to assist us by recruiting locally, offering valuable work experience or creating apprenticeship opportunities.

The borough is rich with opportunities, and we are determined to help businesses and residents thrive and prosper in Kensington and Chelsea."

Cllr Catherine Faulks, Lead member for Skills and enterprise, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea