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County council and business leaders discuss economic growth

From left Surrey Connects chief executive Mark Pearson, Anne Crean, CEO of Connect 2 Innovation, Surrey leader David Hodge, Surrey chairman Lavinia Sealy, Surrey deputy leader Peter Martin, Malcolm Hyde, the Confederation of British Industry’s South East Regional Director, and Brian Farrugia, chairman of Surrey Connects

Surrey County Council hosted a meeting of regional business leaders as part of its efforts to promote economic growth.

The Confederation of British Industry’s South East Regional Director Malcolm Hyde, Brian Farrugia, the chairman of the business-led enterprise partnership Surrey Connects, and Anne Crean, CEO of business growth specialists Connect 2 Innovation, attended the meeting at County Hall.

They joined council chairman Lavinia Sealy and the authority’s leader David Hodge and deputy leader Peter Martin to discuss creating opportunities for business growth.

Next month the authority plans to sign a pledge to work with the Institute of Directors, which has more than 2,700 members in Surrey, to boost business in the county.

The council is contributing directly to Surrey’s economy with its commitment to ensuring 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local firms.

Surrey generates £28 billion annually for the UK economy* and contributes more net taxation to the UK Exchequer than any area outside the City of London.

Mrs Sealy said: “The meeting was very much an informal affair and it provided us with an opportunity to strengthen the council’s connections with businesses in Surrey by getting three different perspectives.”

Mr Hodge said: “Local businesses are at the heart of every community. Supporting Surrey businesses is a priority for the council, which is why we have committed to making sure 60% of our spending is with them.”

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