One woman will help to steer two councils after being confirmed in a ground-breaking double leadership role. Yvonne Rees has been made Mole Valley District Council’s permanent chief executive while also continuing as a strategic director at Surrey County Council. The full press release is on Mole Valley’s website.
Surrey County Council is on course to save local taxpayers £100 million inside four years by striking better deals. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to tear up more than 300 miles of road most in need of improvement and rebuild many of them from scratch. Driving harder bargains saved … Continue reading
Firms have won deals worth nearly £4 million from a new online initiative spearheaded by Surrey County Council. Since launching in February, 31 local companies have been awarded £3.8m through the BuildSurrey website. The site lets firms pitch for construction and repair work that the county council, its main contractors and other public sector organisations … Continue reading
An innovative apprenticeship scheme that allows several firms to share the training of the next generation of their workforce has been launched by Surrey County Council. The initiative is tailored to small and medium-sized building businesses that want to enjoy the benefits of hiring an apprentice but find it difficult to commit to long-term training. … Continue reading
Deputy leader Peter Martin sets out a new Surrey County Council scheme that incentivises businesses to offer teenagers work experience to BBC Surrey and Sussex presenter Lucio Buffone. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey
Leader David Hodge presents to Full Council early plans for closer working between councils and emergency services in Surrey and Sussex. The Public Sector Transformation Network will be discussed at the next Cabinet on 22 October.
Businesses offering work experience are being handed a cash incentive to help more than 100 unemployed teenagers get on the career ladder. Surrey County Council is giving employers up to £300 for every 16 to 19-year-old classed as NEET handed on the job training. The authority has set a goal of filling 110 places by … Continue reading
Picture caption: Around 1,600 people descended on Surrey’s biggest jobs, apprenticeships and skills fair organised by the county council to showcase employment, training and college opportunities. They flocked to the Surrey Opportunities Fair to meet an array of recruiters across sectors including retail, construction and social care as part of the authority’s drive to tackle … Continue reading
High-speed internet access has arrived for 15,000 businesses and homes as part of a scheme to make Surrey the UK’s best connected county in superfast time. The first phase of Surrey County Council and BT’s project to help firms do business online and ensure every community gets a broadband boost has been completed*. Now it … Continue reading
A new initiative has been launched to cut red tape and costs for firms chasing millions of pounds of contracts from two South East councils. Surrey and East Sussex county councils have created a new website – which can be found at http://www.sesharedservices.org.uk/esourcing – to make it easier for businesses to bid for deals worth over … Continue reading
To help drive forward joint work being done by Surrey County Council, including with emergency services, and to build on existing initiatives with East Sussex County Council, Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has awarded £750,000 of funding. Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis said: “I am delighted to announce that Surrey and East Sussex have been … Continue reading
Leader David Hodge has set out Surrey County Council’s concerns about national changes to the New Homes Bonus scheme and support for an initiative for pooling business rate income.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge has been confirmed as the new chairman of the County Councils Network. More information can be found in a County Councils Network press release. To watch a video of his first speech in the role, follow this link. The network represents 36 English local authorities that serve counties.
A major survey asking Surrey firms to give their views on burning issues is being launched. More than 1,300 Surrey firms will be interviewed to identify barriers that limit economic growth. Armed with the feedback, Surrey County Council and economic development partnership Surrey Connects will bid to remove the hurdles to greater economic success. Pivotal … Continue reading
Apprentice numbers are soaring in Surrey – with a near 11% rise in a year. The number of new apprentices aged 19 to 24 surged by 10.8% to 1,747 in the nine months to April compared with the same period a year earlier. And apprentices aged 16 to 18 climbed by almost 5% during the … Continue reading