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London, Fostering Skills, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This group brings together industry, education and training around the needs of London business across skills, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Committee contributes to and informs LCCI’s policies, supports the Chamber in representing key challenges and opportunities, and shares best practice across these critical themes. 

Meet the Skills, Environment and Entrepreneurship Committee Members

Anthony Impey

Chair, Chief Executive, Be the Business

Anthony Impey is a serial entrepreneur and experienced business leader, with a track-record in starting, building, and operating businesses. He currently is Chief Executive of Be the Business, a not-for-profit organisation that is boosting productivity in the UK and chairs the City & Guilds...
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Neil Coates

Chief Operating Officer- Enterprise and Employment, London South East Colleges

A passionate leader with a focus on developing strong interdependent teams to enable innovation. Neil has a remit to drive the Group's Employer Engagement strategy, developing pathways into employment, including professional training opportunities to ensure employers have a central voice in the skills for their...
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Linsey Cole

Director of Business Engagement, University of Westminster

Linsey leads Westminster’s work with business, industry and employers including student enterprise, short courses, apprenticeships and alumni relations. Prior to Westminster, she led award-winning enterprise education programmes to support students and graduates to develop their enterprise skills and start successful businesses.

Ian Rabbidge

Founder & Managing Director, Alvio

Ian has 30 years experience launching startups and commercialising brands as diverse as Red Bull to P&O Ferries. During Covid lockdown he and his partners founded Alvio, the app that enables brands and retailers to collaborate and scale rapidly across the Shopify ecommerce platform.

Andre Burwood

Programme Director, BASE

Through her employment at Battersea Power Station Development Company she has have been able to influence the company’s apprenticeship agenda and sponsorship of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships.

Haarprit S SurI

Director, Oceanic Jewellers Ltd

Board member Bridge India ,Ealing Acton Business Club, Member of Council LCCI .

Jonathan Woodhead

Policy Adviser, Birkbeck, University of London

Jonathan is Policy Adviser at Birkbeck with responsibility for Public Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement. He has a broad experience in the Universities sector ranging from working for the main HE membership organisation, working for an MP in Parliament and holding strategic roles at two London...
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Join London Chamber of Commerce and Industry 

From innovate SMEs to global corporations, becoming a member of the Chamber provides businesses with a wealth of opportunities across London. If you’re an LCCI member in the Property and Construction or Transport industry, you’ll benefit from a range of targeted business development services, sector specific events and gain direct access to senior decision makers from the UK’s business and political communities.

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Middlesex University on the importance of innovation to growth

A group of Universities and Industry Partners have sent an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, calling on the Government to recommit to investing in Innovation for Growth. The open letter, coordinated and led by University Alliance, has been signed by business leaders as well as Vice-Chancellors and academics across the Higher Education sector. The letter calls on the Government to recommit to investing £20 billion every year in Research and Development by 2024 – 2025. Add your signature here.