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Simon Pitkeathley

Chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited

Simon has been CEO of the multi-award winning, public/private partnership, Camden Town Unlimited, since 2007. He is also CEO of Euston Town and Camden Collective. He is currently Co-Chair of Cross River Partnership, sits on the London LEP (LEAP), is a Governor at Capital City College Group and Chair of Camden Giving. Simon was No.8 on the On Office Power List 2016 and hasn’t stopped talking about it!

Earlier roles included working for the Prime Minister in 2001 and 2005, Executive Director of the British Bankers’ Association between 1999 and 2003 and consultancy work for various clients including JP Morgan and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) between 2003 and 2007.

Simon attended INSEAD in 2002, is married and has two adult sons.

For The UK's Sake, London's SMEs Shouldn't Be Penalised

Small businesses in London are being forced to 'take one for the team'. The new business rates that came into force this week reflect changes in property value since the 2008 recession. In London, where the property market was largely unaffected by the economic downturn, business rates are rising by an average of 11%. In some areas of the capital, rates are going up by 85% or more.
10/04/2017 11:55 BST

Funding Crossrail 2 Requires Fresh Thinking and Bold Ideas, Not Another Hit on London's Businesses

Our message to the Government is clear: extending the BRS in its current form will put the future of London BIDs and the success of its high street policy initiatives at risk. Whether this means offsetting it against BID levies or ensuring that landlords are on a more even footing, the BRS needs to be adapted to ensure that the short-to-medium term occupiers are not the ones that are penalised.
04/12/2014 13:01 GMT

Changes to the Planning System Are Leading to Thousands of Job Losses Across London

Boris described the planning policy as "utterly crazy" and said that "Government is totally wrong on changes to permitted development rights... It reduces the space where firms can start up". Let's hope more legislators see sense soon, and stop this threat to independent businesses that are so vital for our creative economy and community.
25/11/2014 10:14 GMT

Come on Camden, Create

Visit Camden next week and you might stumble upon a mythical creature floating on Camden Lock, designer Wayne Hemingway giving a talk on his brilliant career and hundreds of people all over the city coming together to enjoy a drink on the canal. This will be the start of the first ever Camden Create festival...
09/05/2014 17:18 BST

The HS2 Bill: An Opportunity (And No Longer a Threat)

The Hybrid Bill that makes the provisions for the planning of 'Phase One' of the project, from London to Birmingham, no longer represents a direct threat to Camden's businesses community. Actually, it now represents an opportunity; and one that we are keen to pursue.
30/04/2014 17:25 BST

Camden Businesses Will Celebrate HS1-2 Link Drop, But Our Work Continues

What is important now, and what we will continue to petition Government on, is that the uncertainty that has been blighting businesses in Camden is removed as soon as possible. The safeguarding of this section of the route has meant that businesses in Camden have been reluctant to invest or hire skilled staff.
18/03/2014 10:52 GMT

HS2 Bill Does Not Protect Camden

This particular Bill is something of a behemoth... with a colossal 50,000 page environmental impact assessment to accompany it. Within those 50,000 pages lies the future of Camden Town. Every single road closure, bridge widening and business affected is supposed to be taken into consideration within the report. It's why it's so big. However, we don't think they've taken the impact on Camden seriously enough.
28/11/2013 17:46 GMT

Camden Town Is Too Valuable to Lose to HS2

HS2 needs to link up to our existing high speed rail line that takes us to France. The current proposal for this would mean a link that cuts directly through the heart of Camden Town... 90% of Camden Lock market falls within 30 meters of site, as does 95% of Stables market. Hawley market would effectively be closed, with other iconic markets devastated by the project.
21/11/2013 08:35 GMT