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Working with businesses to boost economic growth

Peter Martin, deputy leader of Surrey County Council

Creating a single point of contact for businesses wanting to work with councils could help boost economic growth.

The idea was discussed at a business engagement workshop hosted by Surrey County Council, which explored ways local authorities and the business community can work better together.

Peter Martin, deputy leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Surrey is a great place to do business. It’s a powerhouse of the UK economy, generating £28 billion annually. BP has its biggest office in the world outside of Houston here and many international companies have their headquarters in Surrey, including brewer SAB Miller in Woking, which employs more than 700 people.

“Individually, councils work closely with business on a daily basis. Our challenge is to ensure that we share information and work together to help create the conditions needed for sustainable economic growth. A ‘joint offer’ providing one point of contact for businesses wanting to work with any Surrey council could prove to be beneficial.”

The business engagement workshop, which took place at County Hall, in Kingston upon Thames, was attended by delegates from county, district and borough councils across Surrey. They discussed common priorities and looked at what businesses need from councils. The event took place on November 22.


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley at


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