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City Matter

January 19 - February 15 2022 Edition 137 Find your regular copy inside... The City of London’s independent newspaper with 50,000 READERS VEGAN LXXXXXXW EATERIES YOGA LXXXXXXW IN THE CITY We’ve Axxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx searched in and around Stretch Axxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx into the New Year and the xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Square Mile to find a l the perfect xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx your warrior pose with tastiest xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx meat-free restaurants a xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx yoga session this January. Find to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx keep you on track this an xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx uplifting class or studio near Veganuary xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxn on Pages 11&12 Page 6 you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxn on Pages 12&13 Page 6 Jan 19 - Feb 15 2022 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 50,000 READERS Edition 137 ‘Signs of spring’ across the City ‘Square Smile’ campaign launching to support retail, leisure, hospitality and cultural attractions in Square Mile ‘Square Smile’ campaign launching to support retail, leisure, hospitality and cultural attractions in the City THE City’s Policy Chair, Catherine McGuinness, says the “signs of spring” are in the air as the Square Mile fights to recover from the pandemic. She told the Court of Common Council that the City continues to hold its position as a global hub for business, and that 2022 wi l be a “brighter year.” She also confirmed the launch of a ‘Square Smile’ campaign to support retail, leisure, hospitality,and cultural a tractions once cu rent restrictions are eased. “Even in a tough economic winter, the signs of spring are around the corner,” she said. “The re-opening of the Waterloo and City line is a welcome boost. been reintroduced to dampen to “This signal of confidence in spread of the Omicron variant. the Square Mile is exce lent news But McGuinness says the City for our workers, visitors, and busi- and its stakeholders should be nesses alike. buoyed by the trends witnessed “2022 should also see the launch prior to measures being reimposed of Crossrail, which wi l bring an by Government. additional one mi lion visitors a She said: “Before the latest year to the City.” restrictions were announced, Work from home policies have footfal had bounced back to Turning the corner 70 percent of pre-COVID levels. Meanwhile, in 2021, a total of over four mi lion square feet of new office floorspace was given the green light. This represents an increase of almost 70 percent on the previous year. “Co lectively, these votes of confidence are early signs that investors expect 2022 to be a London Live, The Capital’s TV Channel For Great Entertainment brighter year in our ba tle against COVID.” McGuinness also stressed the need to bring people back to their workplace as quickly as possible, adding. “Before Christmas, the Omicron variant cast a shadow over the Square Mile’s recovery. Today, the early new year signs are promising. “We may be passing the peak in London, and the damage caused by Omicron in health terms may not be as great as initia ly feared. “For our economic revival, though, the Omicron variant continues to pose significant cha lenges. “The Government’s “work from home” advice is a brake on the City’s revival and is damaging our hospitality and retail sector. That’s why we ca led on government before Christmas for financial support for businesses. “But financial support is not enough and it is vital that we get workers back to the office a soon as possible.” What’s Wxxxxxx on in the x P11 City P6 Wxxxxxxxxxxxs Work up a sweat P14&15 P16 Axxxxxxxx l P17 Take to the skies P18 Freeview 8 Sky 117 Virgin 159

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