Category Archives: Opinion


BANK OF ENGLAND SAYS INTEREST RATE RISE LIKELY ‘OVER COMING MONTHS’ Lai Wah Co, Bank of England Deputy Agent for Greater London, writes… “The UK economy is continuing to recover from the huge fall in economic activity caused by the Read more…


Matt Gorman, Director of Carbon Strategy, Heathrow reflects on the growing momentum behind decarbonisation as his life’s work is recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. I’m delighted to say that I was awarded an MBE in the Read more…


The Covid-19 pandemic has been affecting us all for more than a year now. My fellow Agents and I know that those businesses that rely heavily on being able to have customers visit them in person—for instance, pubs, hotels, restaurants Read more…


The Local Economy The UK is reportedly in a “W” recovery as it is in its third lock down, whilst many other countries are on a “V” recovery whilst China is reporting just over 2% growth. We are to consider Read more…


 In the Bank of England’s latest update to West London Business, Lai Wah Co deputy agent for greater London outlines the banks support for the UK economy… The Covid pandemic has reduced levels of economic activity across the UK this year. Read more…


The latest insights from the Bank of England’s Lai Wah Co, Deputy Agent for Greater London. Since the Covid-19 crisis began, the Bank has taken extraordinary measures to support employment and economic activity in the UK. We have cut Bank Read more…


THE AVIATION SECTOR NEEDS TO BE PROTECTED writes Andrew Dakers, Chief Executive, West London Business With the UK’s hub airport on our doorstep, local businesses can count ourselves exceedingly lucky.  With easy access to global markets, it has meant attracting Read more…


Insights from Greater London help Bank of England understand impact of Covid-19 crisis The people of the UK are making extraordinary efforts to limit the health impact of Covid-19.  NHS staff, aided by carers and volunteers, are doing sterling work Read more…


The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met in January 2020 to decide on the appropriate level of Bank Rate—the official base rate of interest in the UK.  The MPC also updated its forecasts for economic growth and inflation.  Read more…


The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met this month to decide whether to change Bank Rate – our name for the official base rate of interest in the UK.   The November meeting also gave the MPC an opportunity Read more…