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Surrey students praised for A-level success

Following the release of A-level results, Peter Martin, Surrey County Council’s Deputy Leader, said: ‘I would like to congratulate pupils on their achievements and thank our dedicated teachers for all the help and guidance they have provided. I wish young people who have received results the very best in their future studies and careers. ‘Surrey … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey school wins top eco award; Surrey deputy leader hails apprentices

Surrey school wins top eco award A Surrey primary has received the prestigious Green Flag award for its efforts in making the school more environmentally friendly. Godstone Village School, who had previously been given the Bronze and Silver awards, was presented with the honour by Mike Goodman, the county council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and … Continue reading

Deputy leader helps launch Surrey space centre

A new space centre, which will be used to send four satellites into orbit this summer, has been launched by Guildford-based Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) with the help of county council deputy leader Peter Martin. Mr Martin said: “The facilities are really are out of this world and I have no doubt they will be the … Continue reading

BuildSurrey website helps local businesses win deals worth more than £34m

Local businesses have won deals worth more than £34million since an online initiative was launched by Surrey County Council two years ago. More than 950 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 businesses. … Continue reading

VIDEO: New Chairman and Vice Chairman elected

Sally Marks has been elected the new Chairman of Surrey County Council following David Munro’s two years in post. Mrs Marks stepped up from her previous position as Vice Chairman with Nick Skellett now taking that role. The county councillor for Caterham Valley chaired Tuesday’s annual Full Council meeting and opened with her first speech … Continue reading

Surrey’s £50,000 to help business start-ups

Surrey County Council is investing £50,000 to help business start-ups get off the ground, grow and create jobs. It has joined forces with the Fredericks Foundation, which lends to people who may have been turned down for a bank loan. The money will be used to call on the charity’s expertise with the aim of … Continue reading

Council joins scheme to boost business

Following the announcement by Enterprise M3 of the appointment of a group that includes Surrey County Council to run a service to help businesses grow, deputy leader Peter Martin said: “Surrey and the South East packs one of the country’s biggest economic punches and this is great news for firms as they seek to continue … Continue reading

Surrey becomes Britain’s best connected county

Surrey has become the best connected county in Britain following the completion of the main part of a high-speed broadband project. The county council and BT have announced that fibre broadband coverage has been extended to more than 82,000 businesses and homes not included in commercial roll outs. Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The Government’s nationwide roll … Continue reading

Social networking pioneer to speak at rural conference

Social networking pioneer Penny Power OBE is among the speakers lined up for Surrey’s Countryside and Rural Enterprise Conference next week looking at how working better together and innovation can enhance the county’s rural areas. The entrepreneur and author, who founded the UK’s first social network for business in 1998, will be speaking about digital … Continue reading

Purchasing power creates 200 apprenticeships

A Surrey County Council drive to use its purchasing power to create apprenticeships is set to hit the 200 mark. Nearly 140 organisations had committed to filling 175 apprenticeships as a condition of securing their contracts by the end of December and another 25 roles are expected to be approved shortly. Places have been created … Continue reading

Multi-million pound funding welcomed

Surrey County Council’s deputy leader has welcomed multi-million government funding as another step towards unlocking long-term economic growth. Around £9 million will go to Surrey schemes that boost businesses, improve transport links and better protect homes following a Government announcement about local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). The funding is part of the … Continue reading

Firms sign up to create more than 100 apprentice roles

A Surrey County Council drive to use its spending clout to create apprenticeships has raced past the 100 mark. Almost 90 firms have committed to fill 115 apprentice roles as a condition of securing their contracts. Places have been created across an array of sectors, including hospitality, social care and vehicle maintenance. The news comes … Continue reading

Website offering deals worth hundreds of millions launched

A new website has been launched offering firms Surrey public sector contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The SupplytoSurrey site lists deals from the county council, Surrey Police, the University of Surrey and the county’s 11 borough and districts. More than 80 firms registered on the site within 72 hours of its launch. The … Continue reading

500th cabinet unveiled in project to make Surrey UK’s best connected county

Picture caption: A key milestone has been marked as the 500th fibre broadband cabinet in a project to make Surrey the best connected county in the UK was unveiled by Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin. Quote: Peter Martin said: “Reaching these milestones means that thousands more Surrey businesses and residents can enjoy the benefits of this high-speed … Continue reading

Surrey drivers buy most electric cars in South East

A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading

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