Category Archives: Opinion


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…


Accessible volunteering is making it possible for more of us to feel the positive effects Freya Laing writes about the work of the Bookmark Reading charity The advantages of volunteering are well researched and now new technology has made it Read more…


UK temperatures reached record highs last month, but the UK economy has not been heating up this summer. Instead, as world trade tensions and worries about a no-deal Brexit have risen, the economy has been slowing down. On 1 August, Read more…


Lai Wah Co, Deputy Agent, Greater London Agency, writes for westlondon.com The fog of Brexit continues to hang over the country, and the uncertainties facing businesses and households remain high.  That makes our regular conversations with local companies and communities Read more…


The outlook for interest rates The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has published its latest assessment of the economy and voted on whether to change the current level of Bank Rate – the interest rate that provides the Read more…


Lai Wah Co, Bank of England Deputy Agent for Greater London, explores three recent announcements by the Bank. All of them relate to money in one way or another. One was about the official interest rate set by the Bank; Read more…


It’s been a summer to remember. A heatwave turned London into a sunshine city, and the economy took a symbolic step towards normality with interest rates rising to their highest level since 2009. So what news prompted the Bank of Read more…