He said: "We would welcome a 100 day plan for London tech, including the appointment of a Chief Digital Officer and a comprehensive plan for how the candidate would work within City Hall. Sadiq has committed to creating this position and has the opportunity to shape how the role will function for future administrations.
“Tech is the fastest growing sector of London’s economy and this impressive growth is propelling us up the international rankings of global tech cities. The next four years will be crucial in maintaining this momentum and Sadiq can support this by delivering on his commitment to infrastructure investment, a Skills for Londoners Taskforce and affordable rents.”
Business Advisory Board
James Peck, UK country manager at Jobandtalent, said Khan's pledge of creating a Business Advisory Board is significant for the city's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
He said: "It’s extremely positive to see that the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan is championing for an introduction of a Business Advisory Board with SME representatives to support small businesses and protect their business space.
"Talent attraction and retention are crucial for a growing business and boosting the London Living Wage is a great way to draw in employees. However the administration and cost burden that comes with rising salaries and changing employee regulation is likely to put additional pressure on already time and resource-poor SMEs. For that reason, a business rate relief on London Living Wage fees is a welcome initiative that will greatly enhance SMEs’ prospects for success."
Patrick Flaherty, chief Executive – UK & Ireland, AECOM, also called on Mr Khan to solve the issue of air capacity in the South East.
He said: "The mayoral office plays an important role in promoting London as a viable location to invest. Yet a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the capital due to decades of dithering, delay and inaction over aviation capacity in the South East. The UK lags behind global rivals with nearly double the aviation capacity, significantly impeding its ability to compete on the global stage.
"Khan has opposed expansion at Heathrow throughout his mayoral campaign. There is now a real risk of the runway debate going back to square one. The damage this would do to the economy and the UK’s competitive standing would be irreversible for several generations. London cannot afford further political procrastination."