London loves business and business loves London. No economy can grow without harnessing the smartest and most creative minds and supporting start-ups to grow and flourish. Attracting and retaining the best, most diverse talent would give London a strong competitive edge and help us deliver innovative products and services that cater for the needs of everyone. But such an approach has to draw from the widest talent pool possible.
Men are almost twice as likely to become entrepreneurs, while women are being driven into low-paid, undervalued sectors and part-time roles with lower growth potential. Women are under-represented in STEM and our education system is not working to change this. Girls out-perform boys in most academic subjects but face obstacles to then taking up high-paying jobs, meaning the economy is losing out.
- Support women’s enterprise
- Work in partnership
- Strengthen investment in women
- Support equal apprenticeships
- Improve tech skills
- Set up Showcase London
- Reduce stereotyping
- Work with tech enterprises
Read more and see full details in our London Manifesto.