Category Archives: Misc

City Giving Day 2016

City Giving Day 2018

City Giving Day is a simple but impactful initiative that enables City companies and employees to celebrate and showcase their philanthropic and volunteering achievements, and encourage others to get involved.

In 2017, 222 organisations came together to recognise all this remarkable work. By joining in they inspired up to 5,000 new volunteers to offer their time, raised more than £400,000 for good causes and highlighted some of the exceptional charitable activity that takes place throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more about City Giving Day, there is a City Giving Day Engagement Breakfast at the Mansion House, London, EC4N 8BH on Thursday 14th June at 7:45-10:00am. At this breakfast you will have an opportunity to meet and hear from previous participants about how City Giving Day supports their CSR activity, as well as hearing more about our plans for 2018 including collaborative events in the City.

Our Aldgate crowfunding initiative

Our Aldgate is a new crowdfunding initiative by the City of London being piloted in the Aldgate area.

It aims to encourage local groups to come forward with ideas for community projects and to maximise the City’s grant funding by using it to kickstart crowdfunding campaigns for the projects that meet our criteria.

From music festivals to art installations, guerrilla gardening to pop up markets, if you have an idea to make Aldgate even better, this is your opportunity to make it happen. The City of London Corporation has a £30k fund with a maximum pledge of £5,000 available to support projects crowdfunding in Aldgate.

We are inviting local businesses, community representatives and, of course to a launch event and we would be delighted if you could join us for it.

Our Aldgate is being launched at the Dorsett Hotel in Aldgate High Street on Thursday 17 May, from 5.30-7.00pm.  Please click here to register your attendance.


Please share your concerns with me

As your Common Councilman I am keen to understand your views and what you think the City of London Corporation can improve in terms of its offering to you, the workers and residents of Aldgate ward.

I have designed a short survey to allow you to share your concerns about the Ward and the wider Square Mile with me. It is only 4 questions long so should not take up more than a minute of your valuable time.

Please do click here to respond. Thank you.

Other work and matters of interest

As well as the above and usual City of London Corporation meetings and engagements:

  • I helped resolve the issue of rubbish being dumped on the street during working hours in the Fenchurch Buildings alleyway;
  • I attended a meeting of the licensing committee with my ward colleague Hugh Morris to represent residents views in an application to extend the hours of operation of a bar close to their homes.

I can also advise that:

  • Informal crossings are to be provided at Leadenhall Street on the intersections near Billiter Street and Fenchurch Buildings which aim to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility;
  • A planning application for a new skyscraper in Aldgate colloquially being described as “Gotham City” at 40 Leadenhall Street will be brought forward soon and is currently in pre application public consultation.

Freedom of the City of London

The Freedom of the City is an interesting and ancient privilege that the City of London can bestow upon any person by nomination or presentation. More information including how to apply can be obtained from here. I have requested to the appropriate authorities that, as this is a service being provided by the City, appropriate diversity monitoring should be implemented. They have agreed and I am expecting this to commence shortly.

Promoting the City

If elected, Dhruv will assist the Council in its role to promote the UK financial and professional services industry abroad and the City of London as a place to do business. In particular, he will make sure that the key cluster industries of shipping, commodities trading and insurance present in Aldgate are at the forefront of this work. These industries are of vital economic importance to the area and support many other businesses.

Additionally, the City is coming under increased pressure from other financial centres around the world. Dhruv will use his experience and well established relationships with key influencers in UK-India trade and investment to bring new Indian business into the City cementing its role in trade with Asia.