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Firms sign up to create more than 100 apprentice roles

A Surrey County Council drive to use its spending clout to create apprenticeships has raced past the 100 mark. Almost 90 firms have committed to fill 115 apprentice roles as a condition of securing their contracts. Places have been created across an array of sectors, including hospitality, social care and vehicle maintenance. The news comes … Continue reading

Website offering deals worth hundreds of millions launched

A new website has been launched offering firms Surrey public sector contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The SupplytoSurrey site lists deals from the county council, Surrey Police, the University of Surrey and the county’s 11 borough and districts. More than 80 firms registered on the site within 72 hours of its launch. The … Continue reading

Key facts ahead of national fire strikes

Ahead of the planned national fire strikes, please find more details below: When are the fire strikes? From 6pm on Friday 31 October 2014 until 6pm on Tuesday 4 November 2014. Why are the strikes happening? The Fire Brigades’ Union strikes are part of an ongoing national dispute between themselves and central Government over proposed … Continue reading

Chertsey’s history showcased and Surrey takes part in Mental Health Challenge

Surrey Heritage showcases Chertsey’s history Well over 250 people filled Chertsey Hall on Saturday, 25 October when Surrey County Council’s Heritage team and 15 partner organisations came together to showcase the fascinating history and heritage of the Chertsey area. The event included popular talks including Henry VI and Richard III’s association with Chertsey Abbey. Radio … Continue reading

MP Kwasi Kwarteng helps open new home for people with autism

MP Kwasi Kwarteng helped to celebrate the unveiling of a new home for people with autism when he dropped in at the official launch. The Spelthorne MP joined Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few at the event to mark the opening of Surrey County Council and London Care Partnership’s home. Mr Few said: “This fantastic building … Continue reading

Council wins award for UK’s best local government website

Surrey County Council’s website has been named the best in local government across the UK. It has won the Best Website Award from the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm). Socitm said the site – found at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk –  was “a joy to use” and also praised Surrey for embracing the growing public demand to access … Continue reading

Surrey remains a top GCSE performer

Surrey County Council continues to be among the top-performing authorities at GCSE, according to figures released by the Department for Education for exams in 2014. They show that: Almost three-quarters of pupils getting five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, putting Surrey in the top 10% of education authorities in England The result ranked … Continue reading

Trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire approved

Plans to better protect Surrey residents from con artists and save taxpayers almost £400,000 a year have been approved in a trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire County Council.  

500th cabinet unveiled in project to make Surrey UK’s best connected county

Picture caption: A key milestone has been marked as the 500th fibre broadband cabinet in a project to make Surrey the best connected county in the UK was unveiled by Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin. Quote: Peter Martin said: “Reaching these milestones means that thousands more Surrey businesses and residents can enjoy the benefits of this high-speed … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Surrey wins prestigious highways award, county council team plants poppies to remember war heroes

Surrey Highways team wins industry’s premier award for partnership work Surrey County Council’s Operation Horizon project has been praised at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards. In the annual celebration of highways excellence, the county council, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd and Kier jointly received the Highway Partnership Award for its ongoing multi-million pound effort to improve … Continue reading

Jeremy Hunt and Surrey leader discuss improving flood defences

Picture caption: County council Leader David Hodge outlined Surrey’s bids for £27 million to improve flood defences to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at a meeting to discuss how residents and businesses in Godalming are being better protected. Quote: Surrey leader David Hodge said: “It is great to work with Mr Hunt on helping Godalming residents … Continue reading

More than 2,100 pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair

  More than 2,100 people descended on Epsom to pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair and pick up advice on apprenticeships, jobs and training. The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council was aimed at school pupils and those seeking new opportunities. It gave them the chance to find out more about 100-plus apprentice … Continue reading

Walton Bridge wins award, charity thanks council and heritage show set to delight

Charity thanks council for long-term support A charity that works to inspire children into hi-tech jobs has thanked Surrey County Council for 30 years of support. Since it was set up in 1984, Satro has organised interactive academic challenges for over 450,000 schoolchildren to encourage them to follow careers in engineering, technology, science and maths. … Continue reading

Surrey faces £54 million funding gap for September’s 3,000 extra school places

Leader David Hodge today revealed that Surrey County Council is facing bridging a £54 million funding shortfall to deliver 3,000 extra school places for next September – nearly double the gap plugged this year. Mr Hodge told a meeting of the Full Council that expected government funding of £30m for the next academic year will be well short of the … Continue reading

Plans for more than 250 extra places set to be signed off

Plans for more than 250 places are set to be signed off as the county council pushes on with the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. Capacity at Bishop David Brown School in Woking will be boosted by 150 places and another 105 will be added at Bisley Church of England Primary under proposals being … Continue reading

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