As the Mayoral vote approaches, London businesses have their own set of demands.

What matters to businesses in the capital? Here are the top priorities from the London Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

1. Migration

The Mayor should lobby the Government to decrease the pay threshold for skilled workers entering the UK to £20,100, according to the FSB.

Under current plans, employees from another country will need to earn £25,600 to come to Britain – with some flexibility down to £20,500 for industries with skills shortages.

But London businesses have their own needs – and the London Chamber wants the capital to have its own skills shortage list.

It says the Mayor should carry out an annual audit of which workers are most needed in the capital, so this list stays up-to-date.

2. Training

London businesses want a workforce with relevant skills – 77 per cent of small businesses would take on a trainee if there was a financial incentive, according to an FSB survey.

They are calling for a match-funded £3,000 from City Hall for businesses to take on trainees.

The FSB also wants the Mayor to use the London Growth Hub – a small business support service set up by Sadiq Khan – to offer finance, training and mentoring to black and minority ethnic, disabled, LGBT and women-owned businesses.

And the London Chamber is also backing training, calling for a London Careers Service to encourage lifelong learning.

3. Transport

Connectivity is as important to London businesses as it is to residents – for moving goods, and ensuring their workforce can get around.

The FSB wants the next Mayor to bring in smart road-pricing, which would charge drivers by the mile according to the emissions from their vehicle, where they drive, and when.

The London Chamber wants more investment in infrastructure, including signalling updates on the Piccadilly line, and extensions to the Bakerloo line and DLR.

They also want more bridges and tunnels crossing the Thames in east London, and more metro-style trains run by TfL in the south.

And what are the candidates offering?

As Mayor, Sadiq Khan says he’s worked to keep London’s outward-looking global profile in the face of Brexit.

He’s expanded the reach of promotional agency London & Partners to Shenzhen, Bangalore, Chicago, Toronto, Berlin and Paris to attract investment and tourism.

He set up the London Growth Hub, offering online, and more recently in-person support to small and medium businesses.

Mr Khan also introduced the Good Work Standard to certify employers who go beyond the Living Wage, and offer better leave, sick pay, training and well-being for their workers.

If re-elected, the Mayor says he’ll focus on getting the best immigration and trade settlement for London as the Government strikes a deal with the EU.

Conservative Shaun Bailey has pledged to launch new trade missions around the world and appoint a Deputy Mayor for International Trade – but wants to cut funding to London & Partners.

He’d use TfL tunnels to bring in super-fast broadband across the city, and is calling for developers to dedicate space to affordable offices.

Mr Bailey wants all businesses to pay the London Living Wage – currently £10.55 an hour – and would push more companies to sign up.

Liberal Democrat Siobhan Benita says Brexit will “undoubtedly make it harder” to recruit the workforce London needs.

She wants a London visa to fast-track applications from workers with the skills the capital needs – and says the policy is compatible with the Government’s points-based immigration plan.

Ms Benita said: “To foster global trade, I’d set up an international trade team at City Hall, establish deeper twinning with European cities and launch a London-wide innovation incubator that will connect companies and data to talent and ideas.”

She added: “If I’m elected Mayor in May, the business community can rely on me to listen closely to them and work closely with them.”

Green Sian Berry says “business as usual can’t go on” in the face of the climate emergency.

She said: “London needs a new vision for an economy that will last, that is resilient to shocks, and where a wider variety of businesses, small and large, new and old, creative and co-operative, operate with ethics and good standards.”

Ms Berry says the focus on climate change and technology from the London Chamber is “fantastic” and is backing its call for a Freight Commissioner to coordinate logistics in the city.

She also backs smart road pricing, and wants to reduce mileage in the capital by 40 per cent by 2026.

Independent mayoral candidate Rory Stewart said his first priority for business would be working with the Government to “preserve access to the European market”.

While London is known for finance, legal services and creative industries, manufacturing and agri-food businesses are also an important part of the capital’s economy, he said.

He said the Mayor must “patiently and clearly” question the advantages of divergence at every stage of negotiation.

Mr Stewart would ensure London businesses are represented in every European capital – setting up what would be “effectively embassies” across the continent.

He said: “As Mayor, I will be personally accessible to business leaders across the capital, because when business thrives, London thrives and when London thrives, so does the United Kingdom.”