Mayor unveils new skills business partnership


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has unveiled a new group of leading figures from across the capital’s businesses who will help him shape London’s skill system to better the needs of the capital’s employers.

His new Skills for Londoners Business Partnership brings together representatives from a range of industries to play an active role in informing future skills provision in London. It will work with the Mayor to help London’s employers access the skills they need today and in the future.

The Partnership will also advise the Mayor on how skills and education provision can help businesses access talent, particularly in response to a range of challenges including Brexit and increasing automation. 

The Mayor will also publish a new Skills and Employment Vision later this year, which will be closely linked to his Local Industrial Strategy (which is due to be published at the same time).

The Business Partnership will play an essential role in shaping both documents, which will set out the next steps for delivering on the Mayor’s priorities, new policies to address emerging challenges, and will make the case for more funding to be devolved to London.

The Mayor believes a city-wide skills system that is responsive to the needs of London’s economy is crucial to meeting the needs of London’s employers and residents. The need for such a system has been made particularly acute given Brexit and the government’s recent Immigration White Paper, both of which risk undermining London’s growth and access to a future pipeline of talent from Europe and around the world.

The Partnership – which met at City Hall for the first time this week – aims to: 

  • improve London’s skills system to better meet the needs of employers, businesses and the London economy
  • increase skills investment and workforce development in London’s industries to meet the demands of the global economy
  • improve information and data on skills needs from employers and ensure the most accurate/reliable data is used to inform skills provision in London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “In June 2018, my Skills for Londoners strategy laid out my ambition to create a city for all Londoners, in which everyone can access the skills they need to succeed in a thriving economy. “Involving London’s employers and businesses to meet this ambition is at the heart of this: today I’m delighted to announce my new Skills for Londoners Business Partnership, made up of leading figures from businesses of all sizes and sectors, who share my passion for supporting London’s talent. I look forward to working with them as they play a central role in our efforts to maintain London’s global position as a great place to work, invest and grow a business.”

Deputy Mayor for Business and Chair of the Business Partnership, Rajesh Agrawal, said: “It is an honour to chair the Skills for Londoners Business Partnership and to be working with such exceptional business representatives. Our first meeting marks an important step in bringing London’s employers and businesses together, not just to gain a better understanding of the challenges, but also to act collectively to create a diverse and skilled workforce fit for the future.”

Film and TV Executive at Film London, Nahrein Kemp, said: “I am really looking forward to working with the Mayor and his team on skills challenges facing London.  London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and the Mayor’s skills policies and programmes provide an excellent opportunity to influence change and foster collaboration across employers, skills providers and Londoners themselves.” 

Director of People Strategy, Barts Health NHS Trust, Aurea Jones, said: “I welcome the establishment of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Business Partnership and am pleased to be able to bring the wealth of experience that the NHS has as a major employer to the table.  The Business Partnership will begin a collaborative exchange of knowledge and innovation between employers, particularly as we grapple with the difficult task of navigating the impact of Brexit and the pressures this will place on London’s current and future workforce.

Founder and Chief Operating Officer of MarketOrders, Sukhi Jutla, said: “I am pleased to be a part of the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Business Partnership. This is great initiative to support London’s employers, including SMEs and micro-businesses, to access the talent and skills they need.

Founder of Optimity, Anthony Impey MBE, said: ‘I welcome the Mayor’s commitment to creating a skills offer that works for both Londoners and employers. I look forward to working with the Partnership to strengthen London’s apprenticeships offer, building skills for London’s future.


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MarketOrders Celebrates International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March and to celebrate MarketOrders is co-hosting a number of events this week.

We are passionate about supporting women in tech and our co-founder, Sukhi Jutla, is a leading role model and thought leader in this space who actively promotes, mentors and supports women into tech careers.

Check out the below events, sign up and say hi!

Women in Business Breakfast Roundtable – Tuesday 5 March

Free tickets here 

On the week of International Women’s Day, join us for an intimate breakfast roundtable for female entrepreneurs, a dynamic discussion with 25 female entrepreneurs.

The breakfast will be hosted by two female investors from the leading VC firms. They will share their industry wisdom and tips for scaling your business.

#WomenShine Conversation with Inspirational Female Founders – Friday 8 March

Free tickets here

Welcoming all entrepreneurs, pre-startups, startups, founders, women and men in business, or those who are simply curious!

Join our #WomenShine panel on Friday the 8th of March from 5.30pm for an insightful discussion & Q&A session from inspirational, empowering women in business featuring: our founder Sukhi Jutla, Randa Bennett – Founder and CEO of VeeLoop and Alex Thomas – Co-Founder of Tuk Tuk Chai.

Westmont Enterprise Hub #MiniHubHack – Fri 8 March

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To mark International Women’s Day, Westmont Enterprise Hub is opening up this challenge to you…#MiniHubHack – giving you the chance to tackle three mini-business challenges in the areas of marketing, branding and finance set by our entrepreneurs.

Come to the Hub, work in teams to brainstorm and develop effective ideas to help our businesses.

At the end of the challenge, there’ll be an opportunity to present your great ideas!


MarketOrders attends London Business Awards 2019

On Thursday 28th Feb, MarketOrders was invited to the London Business Awards as graduates from the Business Growth Programme. Our Head of Advertising, George Ceuca attended (centre in image below).

Congratulations to the winners who included:

  • Russ Shaw for ‘London Hero’
  • Charge Point – winner of the Social Impact International Company award
  • Emotech – winner of One to Watch award
  • Mark Martin – winner of the Paying it Forward award

The London Business Awards aims to shine a light on the successes and innovative excellence across London’s business community. The awards recognise a number of categories that encompass the accomplishments of the businesses London & Partners have supported over the past 12 months.

The London Business Awards were attended by 700 of London’s CEOs, entrepreneurs, supporters of the Business Ecosystem and politicians including Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Deputy Business Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal.

The awards give the opportunity to celebrate the growth of the city and the achievements of all the companies that are proud to call London their home.

Congratulations to all the winners and MarketOrders is thrilled to be a part of this journey and to celebrate alongside you!

MarketOrders named ‘Best New Business’ at Hounslow Business Awards

MarketOrders named ‘Best New Business’ at Hounslow Business Awards

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We are delighted to announce MarketOrders picked up the ‘Best New Business Award’ at the Hounslow Business Awards at a special gala dinner held at the Hilton Syon Park on Thursday 28th Feb.

The awards are run by the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce and showcase the best businesses in the Hounslow borough.

Hounslow’s most prestigious business event of the year was a glittering celebration of commercial excellence, innovation and entrepreneurial flair.

As one of the most eagerly anticipated dates in the West London business calendar, the Hounslow Business Awards Dinner & Awards Ceremony, on Thursday 28th February at Hilton Syon Park was attended by more than 150 guests at this prestigious black-tie event, all of whom enjoyed a glitzy champagne reception, a sumptuous three course dinner and the glittering awards ceremony.

The 2019 Hounslow Business Awards were hosted by local personality David Blackmore, a multi-media journalist for 15 years, David can be seen on Britain’s biggest daytime show This Morning with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

Our Chief Customer Care Officer, Krystian Ozog, picked up the award for MarketOrders and in his acceptance speech praised the team effort at MarketOrders and how it was important to showcase new business talent in the local community.

MarketOrders CEO and founder, Ram Krishnna Rao said, ‘We are proud of our achievements and to be showcasing the best of West London based businesses. To win this award is a testament to the hard work my team puts in daily to keep disrupting the gold jewellery industry with the use of tech’.

Suki Jutla, co-founder and COO said, ‘’We are thrilled to have won this prestigious award. West London and Hounslow is a thriving hub for the tech and creative industries and we are thrilled to be at the forefront of this wave of entrepreneurship. It is important as a startup to celebrate success and it’s moments like these that make it worthwhile.’’

MarketOrders was also named a Finalist in the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award and was also featured in the ‘’Highly Commended’’ category for Sukhi Jutla’s efforts in the tech industry, thought leadership and as a role model for women in tech.

MarketOrders sends its heartiest congratulation to all the winners and finalists and is proud to be a part of this thriving economy in West London.

MarketOrders is currently preparing its crowdfunding campaign. The funds will be invested in the expansion of the team, technology development and marketing. If you would like to stay updated with the latest developments please pre-register your interest for early-access here:

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