Peter Martin

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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

Broadband project connects more than 68,000 businesses and homes

A project to make Surrey the best connected county in the country is three-quarters of the way to being completed. More than 68,000 businesses and homes that would otherwise have missed out on the opportunity of getting faster broadband are now connected to the high-speed technology. A further 16,000 properties are due to be covered … Continue reading

Minister signs deal to boost Surrey’s economy

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin was on hand to witness newly-appointed Minister of State for Universities and Science Greg Clark sign a deal giving Surrey multi-million-pound funding as part of a first step towards long-term economic growth. The deal was confirmed at the Farnborough International Airshow. For more information, visit the Enterprise M3 … Continue reading

Government supports “fairer” roads funding for Surrey

A former minister and Surrey’s deputy leader have convinced the Government that the county should get a fairer deal on road funding. On the day that the Government unveils its new legislative programme in the Queen’s Speech, Surrey could be set for a bigger share of Government money after a transport minister agreed that national … Continue reading

Streetlight scheme to finish a year ahead of schedule

A scheme to replace Surrey’s night-time orange glow with nearly 90,000 brighter white lights is set to finish a year ahead of schedule. Rapid progress means just a handful of roads are left to cover in one of the country’s biggest roll-outs of smart lamps. Surrey County Council’s programme sees all 88,000 streetlights replaced or upgraded … Continue reading

Local firms win contracts worth £10 million

Contracts worth more than £10 million have been clinched by local firms since Surrey County Council launched an online initiative just over a year ago. Deals totalling £10.3 million have been secured through created as part of the county council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending is with local businesses. That is the equivalent … 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

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


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