We are grateful to all those who have given us their expert advice and feedback on this project, in particular our project Advisory Group: Jennifer Crook (Freelance Producer and Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Ambassador), Kate Dearden (Head of Research, Policy & External Relations, Community Union), Laura Drake-Chambers (Head of Late Night Programming, Vault Festival and Artistic Director, Shotgun Carousel), Jerome Finnegan (formerly Head of Employment, Learning and Work Institute), Laia Gasch (Senior Advisor, Culture and Creative Industries), Will Holmes (Senior Cultural Policy Officer, Greater London Authority), Theo-Lee Houston (Founder, Slinger Staff), Matthew Jaffa (London Senior Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses), Nabeel Khan (Director, Enterprise, Jobs and Skills, London Borough of Lambeth), Shaun Lowthian (Principal Project Officer, Economic Fairness, Greater London Authority), Kate McGrath (Director, Fuel Theatre), Andrew Pakes (Director of Communications & Research, Prospect), Alison Partridge (Managing Director, OneTech), Klara Skrivankova (Grants Manager, Trust for London), and Rachel Williamson (Programme Director, Economic Fairness, Greater London Authority).
We would like to thank all the anonymous interviewees and focus group participants for generously giving their time and openly sharing their experiences with us. Our thanks also go to our colleagues at Centre for London – particularly Richard Brown, for making this project possible and for invaluable advice on improving the draft, and Megha Hirani for designing the report. The views in this report are nevertheless solely those of the authors, and all errors and omissions remain our own.
This project would not have been possible without the generous support of our Supporting Sponsors, Community Union and the Greater London Authority.