More than 50 members of Bankside's business community gathered at Roast on Thursday morning for a briefing on the implications of Gordon Brown's latest Budget.
Better Bankside Business Club chair Mike Hill of Utobeer with the FT's Ed Crooks
Crooks went on to outline the key measures relating to education, the environment and taxation. He also looked ahead to next year's Government spending review and Mr Brown's likely relocation from number 11 to number 10 Downing Street.
He fielded questions from Bankside business representatives on subjects including inheritance tax and childcare provisions.
Bankside Residents' Forum chair Anne Radford asked about the impact of the Chancellor's announcement of real estate investment trusts on the Bankside area which is under pressure from property developers. "If you're opposing development, it's bad news" replied Crooks. Shares in Land Securities jumped 12.9 per cent on Wednesday in response to the Budget announcement.
• Discuss the Budget and its implications for local business in the Better Bankside forum