BEE MIDTOWN LEADS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND PROFILE BUILDING IN MIDTOWN FOR BUSINESSES, BY BEING THEIR COLLECTIVE VOICE AND OFFERING A RANGE OF SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS FOR HYPER-LOCAL INNER-CITY ISSUES, BECAUSE LONG TERM SUSTAINABLE, COMMERCIAL AND SOCIAL GROWTH CREATE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FOR ALL.
We are evolving from a service organisation to a leadership body that will drive real and positive change in WC1 and EC1, London’s best-connected postcodes.
Midtown is London’s destination of choice for business, and our vision is for BEE Midtown to be recognised as the leading proponent of sustainable business here.
Midtown’s 14,000 businesses, 157,000 employees and millions of visitors play a key role in the London economy, generating a GVA output close to £16 billion, and an economic impact equivalent to that of the West End. In the capital, only the City of London has more workers and Midtown supports more jobs than Victoria, London Bridge and the South Bank combined.
While the West End’s economy is predominantly based on retail and the City’s on finance, Midtown’s highly diversified economic base hosts creative, professional and technical sector specialisms of global significance. In the last five years, Midtown has generated more new jobs than either the City of London or the West End and more businesses have moved or started up here than in Victoria, Paddington and the West End.
We will undertake a consultation exercise in 2019, ahead of our 2020 re-election, ensuring alignment with our members’ needs. The results of this consultation will feed into a “Manifesto for Midtown” – our pledges for 2020 to 2025 and beyond.
BEE Midtown adheres to the United Nations view that cities that are socially, economically, and politically inclusive, work towards reducing inequalities. Most businesses today are engaged in creating wider social value, whether via what used to be termed ‘philanthropy’ or through Corporate Social Responsibility related programmes. Increasingly international business is looking to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for sustaining profitability for the long-term. Many businesses are recognising that the future of business and competitive advantage come from bringing economic and social needs together for profit.
We have identified four SDGs where our members can achieve the biggest impact and value – reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption; and partnership for the goals.
By providing hyper-local knowledge and driving collective action, we will transform the SDGs from theory into practical, immediate and tangible actions:
BEE Midtown are the first business district of our kind in the UK to create a partnership with the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a network of more than 100 organisations across the UK who are working together to accelerate progress on the SDGs. This offer gives Midtown businesses the opportunity of being pioneers and first-movers. It is designed to enable hyper-local action on global issues, support responsible and sustainable business practices, and create a point of collective representation in the capital.
Join ‘Midtown for the Global Goals’ and benefit from reduced membership fees and access to specialist resources and a national peer network. FULL OFFER OUTLINE AND JOINING DETAILS WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY.