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Surrey’s 8% economic growth outstrips UK

County council leader David Hodge has pledged continued backing for business after new figures revealed Surrey’s economy grew by 8% in a year – outstripping the rest of the UK. The amount Surrey generated for the nation’s economy climbed by £2.4 billion between 2011 and 2012 to more than £32bn, according to the Office for … Continue reading

More than three-quarters of Surrey businesses primed for growth

More than three-quarters of businesses in Surrey’s powerhouse economy are primed for growth in the next two years. A survey for Surrey County Council and Surrey Connects has revealed that 77% of firms are optimistic about their prospects for expanding, with more than three in 10 already reporting annual increases in turnover or budget. Almost … Continue reading

Local firms win work worth £1 million a day from county council

Local firms have benefited to the tune of almost £1 million a day as part of a Surrey County Council pledge to back business. Annual figures reveal that 4,300 local companies secured £363m worth of contracts from the council – the equivalent of just under £1m daily. That means that local spending on goods and … Continue reading

Firms win £1.5 million of contracts on new council website

Contracts worth £1.5 million have been clinched by firms from a new online initiative spearheaded by Surrey County Council. Local businesses have won 31 contracts totalling almost £1.57m just six months after the BuildSurrey website’s launch. Surrey created the site to help firms secure work as part of a pledge to ensure 60% of its … Continue reading

Nearly 300 firms register on website to win council contracts

Nearly 300 firms have registered in under a month for a new website designed to help them win council contracts. BuildSurrey was created as part of Surrey County Council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses. The website – which can be found at – lets … Continue reading

Transcript of David Hodge’s speech on apprentice scheme

Members in the Chamber today will know that I am really passionate about growing the economy of this great county so that the talents of our residents can be released and opportunities for employment and prosperity can be extended to all who wish to grasp them. Uncertainty in the economy means that very few people … Continue reading

Surrey leader signs business pledge

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge has signed a pledge to work with the Institute of Directors (IoD) to boost business in the county. The two organisations also set out a commitment to seek apprenticeship places for young people close to their home. Mr Hodge signed the agreement with David Seall, chairman of the IoD’s … Continue reading

County council keeping spending local

Surrey County Council is delivering on a commitment to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses. The council’s Cabinet has agreed to create a pool of more than 30 local firms it will call on to carry out work on buildings. A panel is being drawn up by the … Continue reading

Start-ups defy the downturn

Surrey is defying the downturn according to research by Barclays that revealed the county has more start-up businesses with big turnovers than anywhere outside London. The Barclays figures show around one in seven Surrey companies that started up in the past three years are turning over more than £100,000 annually, compared to the national average … Continue reading

Deputy Leader to present business innovation awards

Surrey County Council Deputy Leader Peter Martin will be handing innovation awards to businesses at an event next week. Mr Martin will be presenting the awards at the fourth Ambassador Academy event staged by not for profit organisation Connect 2 Innovation. Further details can be found via this Connect 2 Innovation release.


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