Cabinet Member Tony Samuels shared a platform with government minister David Willetts at a national business event.
Mr Samuels joined the Minister for Universities and Science at the Association of Business Schools’ annual conference to speak about how councils and businesses can work better together to promote economic growth.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes pointed to the council’s road maintenance and improvement contract with May Gurney, which sees £4.1 million saved annually when compared with the previous deal and potholes fixed faster.
And he highlighted a partnership with Woking Borough Council and private company Moyallen to transform the centre of the town that will create up to 1,000 jobs.
Other speakers included Tim Hames, Head of Policy for the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, and Anne MacColl, Chief Executive of Scottish Development International.
Mr Samuels said: “By forging stronger teams and partnerships, we can ensure services are better and taxpayers’ money goes further. Our roads contract with May Gurney and the Woking regeneration project are concrete proof of that.”