Dragon Awards

The Lord Mayor will open applications for the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards on 5 February. The Awards celebrate businesses that are achieving excellence in social impact, and seek to inspire others by showcasing best practice in how businesses tackle social issues. The 2018 Awards will feature the Lord Mayor’s Award – Business of Trust Champion. This Award celebrates businesses which are championing responsible business practices to create a legacy of better business trusted by society. This category is by personal nomination by the Lord Mayor only. Businesses of any size and sector can apply for all other categories by visiting www.dragonawards.org.uk. Applications are free and are open until 16 April.

Open Spaces: West Ham Park

Budding astronomers who don’t mind bracing the cold can join The Friends of West Ham Park’s Lyndsay Jones as she gives another fascinating insight with this short tour of the night sky and her introduction to stargazing. This free event on 9 February at 7pm will give enthusiasts the chance to learn the basics of stargazing and how to find constellations and planets visible from the park. Lyndsay will share her knowledge of astronomy, explain how to read charts and show you where to find the bright stars and main constellations at a particular time and place.

Asia Next Decade Campaign

25 January saw the launch of the ‘Asia Next Decade’ campaign, a flagship agenda for the City Corporation’s activities in Asia throughout 2018. The launch marks the 10-year anniversary of the City of London Corporation’s presence in Asia through its representative offices in Mumbai, Beijing and Shanghai. The campaign sets out ambitious plans for the partnership between UK and Asian financial services sectors whilst reiterating London’s position as a leading global financial centre. Policy Chairman Catherine McGuinness, Mark Field, Minister State for Asia and the Pacific and Xinhan Xia, Chief Executive of China International Capital Corporation Ltd launched the initiative at an event for UK and Asian financial services leaders and officials.

City Bridge Trust

The Trust continues to make progress on the implementation of its Bridging Divides Funding Strategy for 2018/23. On 8 January, the Policy and Resources Committee agreed to support a set of principles which will underpin the new strategy and also approved a £1m provision to support a strategic review of the Bridge House Estates, and an uplift to the Trust’s 2018/19 budget to support the implementation of Bridging Divides.

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