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Scheme launched to help prevent cashflow problems for smaller companies

A scheme to help prevent smaller companies suffer potentially crippling cashflow problems is being launched by Surrey County Council. Under the initiative backed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), big firms securing new council contracts will have to pay suppliers within 30 days of being billed, matching the payment terms they enjoy*. Checks will be … Continue reading

High-speed broadband roll-out hits halfway

A project to make Surrey the best connected county in the country has hit the halfway mark. The number of homes and businesses able to benefit from the high-speed service has reached 42,000. It comes after Surrey County Council joined forces with BT to create a county-wide network to help firms do business online and … Continue reading

More than 80% of Surrey’s schools rated outstanding or good

More than 80% of Surrey’s state schools are outstanding or good, according to the latest figures. Statistics show that 313 of Surrey County Council’s primary and secondary schools were given the two best grades. Ofsted judged 100 schools outstanding and another 213 were rated good. The county council is responsible for 384 schools. Linda Kemeny, … Continue reading

Play educates pupils about sexual exploitation

Hundreds of pupils at Surrey schools have seen a play staged to help them spot the signs of sexual exploitation. Chelsea’s Choice, which has just finished a tour of more than 40 county schools and colleges, gives young people and parents advice on where to turn to get help. In the tale, Chelsea has fallen out … Continue reading

Surrey to get new secondary school

A brand new secondary school for at least 900 pupils is set to be built in Surrey and opened in 2017 as the county council continues its largest-ever schools investment to meet spiralling demand for places. The council plans to turn the Runnymede Centre in Addlestone into an 11-16 secondary school with capacity for six classes … Continue reading

Council welcomes improvements to Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling festival

Feedback from Surrey County Council and residents has helped organisers of this summer’s major cycling festival to re-open roads along the route up to three hours earlier. The London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), the event organisers, has introduced route changes and event improvements. Approximately half of the roads in Surrey will open up to … Continue reading

National teachers’ strike

Members of the National Union of Teachers are today staging a national strike. This is a dispute between teachers and the government. Governing bodies and head teachers manage individual schools and decide whether to shut or partially close. Details of closures can be found on the county council’s website.

Plans unveiled to expand Woking school

Hundreds of extra places will be created at a Woking school under plans unveiled today. The proposals will add 300 secondary places at St John the Baptist Catholic Secondary School and boost sixth form capacity by 100. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has signed off the first phase of the scheme that includes three new classrooms, … Continue reading

County council in groundbreaking deal to help small businesses nationally

The county council’s trading standards team has linked up with a national body to simplify rules for local shopkeepers and encourage economic growth. For more information, click here to visit the Association of Convenience Stores press release.

Surrey workers among UK’s most productive

Surrey workers are among the most productive in the UK for boosting the economy, figures have revealed. Statistics show they contributed more to the national economy per hour worked than all but two areas outside central London. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show Surrey’s productivity rate for 2012 was 18.3 per cent above the … Continue reading

Government cash boost for flood-hit Surrey roads

Surrey County Council has received a £5.3 million Government boost towards its £15 million bill to fix flood-damaged roads. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today confirmed that Surrey will get £5.3 million to fix roads after much of the county was devastated by flooding that hit over Christmas and again in February. Surrey’s £5.3 million award, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Flood appeal set for £15,000 boost from council

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today unveiled plans to donate almost £15,000 from the members’ allocation fund to the Surrey Flood Recovery Appeal launched by the Community Foundation for Surrey to help people get back on their feet after the severe weather. Flooding advice can be found on the council’s website.

Surrey and Croydon councils in joint £1 million flooding action plan

Two councils have asked the Government for £1 million to fund a long-term flood prevention plan to protect thousands of homes and businesses near the Surrey county border with London. Last month, Surrey and Croydon councils, plus Tandridge Council, the military and Environment Agency, built four temporary reservoirs in Woldingham to prevent Caterham Bourne floodwater … Continue reading

Museum, plumbing business and firm of solicitors join scheme to help people with dementia

A museum, a plumbing business and a firm of solicitors have joined Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in signing up to a Surrey scheme to make life better for people with dementia. They are among more than 100 organisations and individuals helping people with the condition remain active and independent in their communities. The initiative is … Continue reading

Surrey apprentice scheme hits 500

Jack Cole is the 500th apprentice to be recruited through a Surrey County Council scheme to get teenagers into work. His digital media role with Iceberg Vision in Egham was confirmed as National Apprenticeship Week came to a close. Under Surrey’s initiative, employers receive £750 from the county council for each apprentice they take on … Continue reading


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