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The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange (MBIE) is London’s most innovative and dynamic programme of debates, workshops, podcasts, research and thought leadership about the future of work

As London’s destination of choice for business, Midtown is home to some of the world’s leading brands and household names as well as to those fast becoming the faces of the future. From law and finance to telecommunications, media, technology, architecture, design and more, Midtown boasts leading talent and business leaders across the industry mix.

The Midtown Big Ideas Exchange brings Midtown businesses together to share knowledge pan-industry and regardless of scale of operation or reach. We all have business goals that require the fundamentals of, talent management, office accommodation, and responsible supply chain procurement, through to strategic business development and innovation.

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 business is looking to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for sustainable 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.

This year’s MBIE programme is grounded in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are expected to have a big impact on countries, cities and the economy in the coming decade.


300+ of the world’s largest companies have a commitment to the SDGs

92% of executives support the SDG agenda

£10tn of yearly market opportunities are expected to be created through SDG related innovation

380m new jobs are expected to be generated by 2030 through SDG related economic growth

BEE Midtown adheres to the United Nations view that cities that are socially, economically, and politically inclusive, work towards reducing inequalities. The SDGs are 17 targets agreed by the United Nation in 2015 that stand as a universal call to action to fight poverty, protect the planet and ensure greater peace and prosperity around the world.

We have translated a universal model to a hyper-local level so that these big issues can be debated within the context of day to day business. We have identified four SDGs for Midtown and each of the issues will be addressed through the MBIE 2019/2020 programme:

Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10) - e.g. promoting workplace diversity and addressing the gender pay-gap
Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11) - e.g. pushing for lower carbon emissions and sustainable transport modes
Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12) - e.g. promoting ethical procurement and supply chain management
Partnerships for The Goals (SDG 17) - e.g. driving change as a collective and through collaboration as evidenced by the MBIE programme

Find out how neighbouring businesses in Midtown are powering ahead on these agendas and building their competitive advantage. The 2019/20 MBIE programme will include:

4 events: 02 October; 30 October; 27 November; and, 29 January 2020

A series of podcasts – interviews with Midtown movers, shakers and influencers

A series of video interviews – showcasing Midtown and those who invest here

A selection of thought leadership articles and digital content