More than 300 business leaders attended the ‘Future Proof Your Business’ forum at Royal Albert Dock and heard from a range of experts on how to get ahead of the curve of developing technologies, and how businesses will need to adapt in the years to come.
Keynotes were given by George Osborne, Evening Standard Editor and former Chancellor of the Exchequer; Rokhsana Fiaz, Mayor of Newham; and Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business.
In his keynote session, George Osborne expressed his vision of East London and the rising Royal Docks area.
He said, “If anyone is to gamble, I would say this is the future of London. I have been witnessing this fact from Shoreditch, Canary Wharf to now Royal Albert Dock. I wish you all could develop your successful business here and work with successful people to create the next prosperous business environment for London.”
Rajesh Agrawal added, “Royal Albert Dock is an ideal place for Asian investors, the connectivity to the global market can make the Royal Docks become the London international gateway of exports. Unquestionably, the future of Royal Albert Dock will bring tremendous improvements of economy, employment and infrastructure to Newham. ”
Following the keynotes, James Ashton, Business Writer and Media Consultant, moderated a panel discussion on the topic of the future for cities and what London will need to do in order to stay ahead as a global leader in science and technology. Panellists included Rohit Talwar, Futurologist and CEO of Fast Futures; Bob Doyle, Head of Inward Investment at London & Partners and Joy Nazzari, Founder and Strategy Director of , DN&co.
The panel discussion focused on the theme of how enterprises can take the lead in the development of science and technology and discussed in depth how the future will shape businesses and how cities operate and how the needs of the City of London and Canary Wharf face change and challenges and how the London business community may respond.
During the discussion, Rohit Talwar said, “The revitalisation of Royal Albert Dock will boost local employment and economic prosperity, also attract more business to develop here. As the China-United State trade war and Brexit is impacting on imports and exports, excellent transport connectivity will prove to be the greatest advantage for all types of business.
With its unique geographic location, businesses at Royal Albert Dock will be able to reach central and west London through Crossrail and can connect to Europe, Asia and the other international destinations through London City Airport. Such geographical advantages provide a more efficient and convenient office environment for the future that will be much in demand by enterprises.”
Nancy Xu, CEO of ABP London, gave the closing remarks.
During the event, George Osborne and Rokhsana Fiaz also visited ABP London’s offices to learn more about the details of the Royal Albert Dock project. George Osborne said he was particularly impressed by the water-side location, the proximity of Royal Albert Dock and expressed his admiration of the scale and speed of the construction from ground breaking in the summer of 2017 to deliver in the first part of 2019.