Peter Martin

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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

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

BuildSurrey website helps local businesses win deals worth more than £8m

  Local businesses have won deals worth more than £8million since an online initiative was launched by Surrey County Council a year ago. More than 700 firms have already registered on the BuildSurrey site, which is part of the county council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services goes to local … Continue reading

High-speed internet for another 19,000 businesses and homes

High speed internet has reached another 19,000 businesses and homes as part of a push to make Surrey the UK’s best connected county. The second phase* of Surrey County Council and BT’s push to help firms do business online and ensure every community gets all the benefits of the digital world was  completed on time … Continue reading

More than three-quarters of Surrey businesses primed for growth

More than three-quarters of businesses in Surrey’s powerhouse economy are primed for growth in the next two years. A survey for Surrey County Council and Surrey Connects has revealed that 77% of firms are optimistic about their prospects for expanding, with more than three in 10 already reporting annual increases in turnover or budget. Almost … Continue reading

High-speed internet for 15,000 businesses and homes

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

Costs and red tape cut for firms chasing councils’ contracts

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 – to make it easier for businesses to bid for deals worth over … Continue reading

New Cabinet revealed

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today revealed his new Cabinet. At the first Full Council meeting since the elections, Mr Hodge confirmed Peter Martin will continue as Deputy Leader and unveiled four Cabinet Associate Members, who will provide support for portfolio holders. The full Cabinet list is below. Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and … Continue reading

Surrey superfast broadband roll out starts

It’s full speed ahead in Surrey for superfast internet access with the roll out of high-quality broadband getting under way. Work has begun to give 15,000 more homes and businesses access to the high speed service by September, with Pixham Village the first community to benefit. The news comes after Surrey County Council selected BT … Continue reading

Surrey’s superfast broadband plans are world-leading – BT chief

Surrey County Council’s superfast broadband plans have been hailed as world-leading. BT’s Managing Director of Next Generation Access Bill Murphy said the authority was blazing an international trail. The council aims to ensure virtually 100% access to superfast broadband before the end of next year. The national aim is for 90% of the country to … Continue reading

Nearly 300 firms register on website to win council contracts

Nearly 300 firms have registered in under a month for a new website designed to help them win council contracts. BuildSurrey was created as part of Surrey County Council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses. The website – which can be found at – lets … Continue reading

Surrey leader meets Education Secretary

Picture caption: On the day that Surrey County Council leader David Hodge met Education Secretary Michael Gove, Surrey was confirmed as being in the top-performing authorities at GCSE. Official figures showed that Surrey is in the top 20 education authorities in the country, with more than eight out of 10 pupils getting five or more … Continue reading

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis visits Surrey

Picture caption: Surrey County Council leader David Hodge outlined how local authorities are sweeping away the barriers to working together so they can do more for less at a briefing for Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis. Mr Hodge pointed to the work done at a regional level by the SE7 group and in the county … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview on Heritage Farm Nurseries

BBC Surrey’s Nigel Williams has interviewed Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin about Heritage Farm Nurseries. You can listen to the interview below. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

BBC radio interview – investing in Surrey

Peter Martin, deputy leader of Surrey County Council, was interviewed on BBC Surrey radio about the benefits of Government investment in Surrey and the rest of the South East. The interview came after research revealed the region will contribute more than a third of the nation’s entire tax income this year. The interview was broadcast … Continue reading


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