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Surrey leader sets out how council is backing business

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge (left) with FSB national chairman John Walker (second from left) signing a pledge to work together last year. Click image to download

Leader David Hodge has set out the ways Surrey County Council is helping small firms thrive to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Speaking to national chairman John Walker and Surrey FSB members last night, Mr Hodge highlighted the steps taken to make it easier for firms to do business with the council.

He emphasised the council’s commitment to ensuring 60% of the council’s spending on goods and services goes to local businesses and underlined that it had made the process of winning contracts easier to understand.

The Surrey leader highlighted a website being launched in February to help firms secure building repair and construction work for the council called BuildSurrey.

He also pointed to a new council twitter feed listing the latest contracts firms can win and a dedicated email address for businesses to send suggestions and queries to*.

In the past year, Mr Hodge, who launched a successful cash incentive scheme to get businesses to fill 200 apprentice places, has signed pledges to work more closely with both the FSB and the Institute of Directors to promote economic growth in Surrey.

Mr Hodge said: “In these tough economic times it’s important that we reinforce the links with both small and large companies. Businesses are the bedrock of every community and we must create the conditions for them to thrive.

“That is why we’ve pledged to ensure that 60% of the county council’s spending is with local businesses and thrown our weight behind apprenticeships to build the skilled workforce of the future.”

* The Twitter feed is @SurreyProcure and the email address is localsmes@surreycc.gov.uk.

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