100 business leaders back Sadiq Khan for a second term as London mayor

100 business leaders back Sadiq Khan for a second term as London mayor
London Mayor Sadiq KhanGetty
  • One hundred business leaders today backed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for re-election.
  • They said he had been a strong advocate for their sector during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • "Sadiq has been the most pro-business mayor ever, standing up for our interests on issues like Brexit and business rates," said Helen McIntosh, president of the South East London Chamber of Commerce.

One hundred business leaders today backed Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for re-election as the city's "most pro-business mayor ever", saying he had been a strong advocate for their sector during the coronavirus pandemic.

Khan is heavily tipped to win re-election on May 6 against his Conservative challenger Shaun Bailey when Londoners go to the polls on May 6.

He has pitched himself as the most business-friendly candidate, promising he will focus on "jobs, jobs, jobs" if he wins the race.


Helen McIntosh, principal of McIntosh & Associates and president of the South East London Chamber of Commerce, was among those who backed Khan.

"Sadiq has been the most pro-business mayor ever, standing up for our interests on issues like Brexit and business rates, and lobbying the Government to provide greater support for businesses through the challenges of the past year," she said.

"During the pandemic, programmes like Pay It Forward London, the Back To Business Fund, and the Culture at Risk Fund have helped many small businesses to survive."


Other business leaders who backed Khan include Alan Buckle, the former deputy chairman of KMPG, and Simon Pitkeathley, chief executive of Camden Town Unlimited, which represents Camden businesses.

Khan said in a statement to Insider: "I know that this last year has been the hardest in living memory for businesses dealing with the perfect storm of Brexit and the pandemic, and I am determined to continue standing up for them. If re-elected, I will never stop banging the drum for jobs and investment in our capital.

"Working together I know we can deliver my ambitious plan for London's recovery and build a better, fairer, more prosperous city which offers a brighter future for all Londoners."


Business leaders backing Sadiq Khan for re-election

Howard Dawber*Managing Director of StrategyCanary Wharf Group
Simon PitkeathleyChief ExecutiveCamden Collective
Mohammad Ali KhanDirectorPacific Infotech
Asma KhanFounderDarjeeling Express Restaurant
Praful NargundCEOCREATE Fertility
Paul HendrickCEOHarevale Ltd
Philip CraigBusinessman
Tom Adeyoola,Entrepreneur
Daniel FarrellManaging DirectorLeftfield
Dr Hannah Allen,GP and founder ofTinto App
Stephen GibbonsFormer DirectorIT Consulting
Ibrahim DogusDirectorLambeth Life
Raife AytekDirectorRimad Ltd
Kamran Mahmood,CEOGridizen
Sonny Leong,Chief ExecutiveTraining Sector
Sajid Qureshi, CEOProinstall AV
Mark Glover*Executive ChairmanSEC Newgate
Deva PonnoosamiMarketing DirectorSouthern Marketing Services
Eleni ChalmersDirectorMasonbeam Ltd
Hamish SandisonChairmanWhitereport Global Limited
Muhammad Sarmad, CEO, Freshdale Supplies Ltd
Alan BuckleFormerly Chief ExecutiveKPMG Consulting
Lord HollickBusinessman & Labour Peer
Richard GreerEntrepreneur
Peter DroussiotisChairman/ CEOPGD Strategy
Alison Downie*
Kate O'Rourke*
Tom Jones*
Lucy Mitchell,Managing Director,Food Retail and Wholesale
Bonny Uba,Managing Director,IT services
Jennifer Lim,Creative Director,Creative Industries
Daniel York,Artistic Director,Creative Industries
Phillip CaudellFounderThe Not So Big Company
Jasvir Singhlegal firm
Emily WallaceFounding PartnerInflect Partners
David Offenbach*
Peter HillsDirectorHackney Brewing Ltd
Cemal Ezel,Founder of Change Please CICOld Spike Roastery and Coal Rooms Restaurants
Ali Gul OzbekDirectorMed-Chem Pharmacy
Serkan KarakuzuDirectorElstree Antiques ltd
Sheikh Aliur RahmanChief ExecutiveLondon Tea Exchange
Ozlem OzaydinDirectorRedeye Trading Ltd
Sabri OzaydinProduction ManagerRedeye Trading Ltd
Ali KoseleDirectorCivil Engineering Sector
Rashal Mohammod AhmedDirectorHospitality Sector
Mohammed Daniel ChowdhuryDirectorHospitality Sector
Abdal AhmedDirectorHospitality Sector
Rehana AmeerDirectorProsap Corporation Limited
Hilal AmeerDirectorFood Retail and Wholesale
Saif MasoodDirectorFood Retail and Wholesale
Sezgin AydınEntertaiment
Simon LydiardConsultantPublic Sector and Procurement
Mehmt Yenilmez KemalDirectorAccountants and Tax Advisers
Onur SimsekFounderatlacarte App
Fevzi Kemal TorunPublishing
Paul DimoldenbergChairQuatro
Eyyup SaglikDirectorBeso London
Husayn KassaiCo-FounderOnfido
Usman KhanCEOAPEX:E3
Mehmet Hakan ElbirDirectorHE PROJECTS LTD
Kerem OkumuşDirectorS360 LIMITED
Shokat AliChief ExecutiveSt James Cars
Jas AthwalBusiness Owner
Sam LassmanBusiness OwnerHot Milk Café
Roberta WattsBusiness OwnerHot Milk Café
Shane ParkesHead of OperationsSearjent Security
Kabir Ahmed KhalkuBusiness OwnerHarrow Road Grocers
Vijay LuthraManaging DirectorNapier and Nightingale
Mukesh PatelBusiness OwnerAmy news & off licence
Sadiq KothiaBusiness OwnerRetail
Irfan KhodaDirectorPerfect Rims LTD
Sirajul IslamRestaurateur
Ajay MaruManaging DirectorSalon Sleek
Gerald ShamashPartnerLegal Firm
Ranil PereraDirectorRegulation and Risk Limited
Peter Phillips OBEFormer Chairman and Co-FounderBuchler Phillips Group
Ruth GladwinBusiness OwnerLegal Firm
Helen McIntoshPrincipalMcIntosh Associates
Cassius ColmanCo-founderNelly Duff Art Gallery
Shaban MohammedBusiness OwnerBargain Food Centre
Andrew CloughCEOThe Brew
Appu DhamodaranBusiness OwnerRetail
Ricky SandhuPartnerCiticorp Ltd
Karl SandhuCEOVistastar Leisure Plc
Hanif KhanDirectorVideo Shoot Productions Ltd
Mr.B.BalavenkateshanDirectorUniversal Fortune Ltd
Sheri-Ann BhimCEO and FounderBrandyBPapier
Vijay Anand JambulinghamDirectorsGood Luck Care Ltd
Bhavesh RajaOwnerCreative Cuts Hair and Beauty
Richard KalmarManaging DirectorEstate Agents
Shazaah MasoodDirectorGreat Education Ltd
Anthony WestCo-FounderNola
Josephine Vander GuchtCo-FounderNola
Robert RobinsonCo-FounderNotes Coffee
Claire PritchardCEOGDCA
Philip NormalFounderPhilip Normal Clothing Brand
Arpita DuttFounding PartnerLegal firm
Dr Bilal SheikhChief ExecutiveMont Rose College
Amjad SyedDirectorSupercare Pharmacy
Aruna Rengiah PillaiDirectorShan E-Solutions Ltd

*Signed in a personal capacity.