As the City re-emerges from lockdown, the Ward of Cheap team of Alderman and Councillors have been engaging with City workers and businesses in our ward. It is vital that we support people returning to work safely, and that we shape a sustainable future of the Square Mile.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, nearly all Council meetings continued as planned (albeit virtually), to ensure we continued to discuss key issues, provide democratic scrutiny and take important decisions on how to respond and shape our City going forward.

For example, as local elected representatives we have raised several issues with the City Corporation, and where possible helped SMEs in our Ward. SMEs make up about 40% of employment in the City.

No doubt there are challenges ahead, but as ‘The Economist’ recently concluded, Cities remain invaluable as places where people can build networks and collaborate far more effectively than remotely.

We are now returning to working at times from Guildhall, and hosting meetings there, in line with Government guidance to return to the office. We firmly believe that the City continues to offer the ideal platform for business in person.

We also all need to support those small businesses that have loyally served us in the past, who have been patiently waiting for us to return. The work of the Cheapside Business Alliance has been invaluable to show the City is open for business.

There are other positive signs: the Museum of London, the Barbican Centre and the Guidhall Art Gallery are all open and welcoming visitors! Do support these great cultural insitutions by planning a visit:

Museum of London

Barbican Centre

Guidhall Art Gallery

We are confident that the City of London will continue to play its role as a global hub for business, creativity and culture – we hope that as you return you will see what we have been up to make the City safe and welcoming for all.