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Chairman meets with Chinese ambassador to discuss future investment in Surrey

Surrey County Council’s Chairman Tony Samuels has discussed future investment in the county with China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Mr Samuels said: “I had the privilege of meeting Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at a Guildhall reception recently. I commented that there were no multi-national Chinese companies in Surrey. He investigated further and subsequently invited me … Continue reading

VIDEO: New chairman and vice-chairman elected

Peter Martin has been elected as the new chairman of Surrey County Council following Sally Marks’ two years in post. Mr Martin takes on the role after serving as deputy leader between 2011 and 2017 and will be supported by Tony Samuels who becomes vice-chairman. The county councillor for Godalming South, Milford and Witley chaired his first … Continue reading

Council office sharing saves £700,000

Surrey County Council has saved taxpayers around £700,000 in the last year thanks to sharing buildings with other organisations. The saving – enough money to pay for a year of residential care for 28 people or 70 school places – comes because sharing more buildings means paying less for rent, heating and repairs. Around 1,000 … Continue reading

Local firms set for £60m council contracts boost

A county council pledge to back business could net local firms up to £60 million as part of the biggest school expansion programme in Surrey’s history. Around 30 primary school construction contracts worth £50m are set to be awarded through the BuildSurrey website over the next two years. On top of the school work, £10m … Continue reading

Surrey signs off £15 million investment in schools

Schools are set to undergo extensive building work after Surrey County Council signed off investment of £15 million to provide more places and new facilities for pupils. The cash will be invested in new buildings and upgraded facilities at Weydon Academy near Farnham and De Stafford School in Caterham. Two new teaching blocks will be … Continue reading

Guardian profiles Cabinet Member

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member Tony Samuels explains his motivation for becoming a councillor in a Guardian profile. The Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes revealed that his upringing had a lot in common with the star of the BBC’s The Apprentice series Lord Sugar.

Guardian debate features Cabinet Member

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes Tony Samuels has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about striking better deals with businesses and voluntary groups. Mr Samuels emphasised a joint purchasing operation with East Sussex County Council that aims to save both authorities millions of pounds. He also highlighted how … Continue reading

Cabinet Member shares platform with minister

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 … Continue reading

County council backs plan to regenerate Woking town centre

A plan to regenerate Woking town centre that will create nearly 1,000 jobs and feature a new state-of-the-art fire station has been backed by Surrey County Council. The authority has agreed to join forces with Woking Borough Council and private company Moyallen to transform the Bandstand Square area of the town. A new Marks & … Continue reading

Tony Samuels interview on £3.5m savings from sharing premises

Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes Tony Samuels was interviewed today by BBC Surrey presenter Mark Carter about how sharing premises with other local authorities has helped to save Surrey County Council nearly £3.5m and deliver a smoother service. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Sharing premises saves Surrey £3.5m

Sharing premises with other local authorities has helped Surrey County Council save local taxpayers nearly £3.5 million. Basing staff in joint rather than separate council offices in the same towns has contributed most of the £3.4m savings on public buildings. The approach, which has seen adult social care staff move into borough and district premises, … Continue reading

Guardian interview on making the most from property

Surrey County Council cabinet member Tony Samuels was among leading local government figures to set out how public services can make the most of their properties. In an interview with the Guardian, the Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes emphasised that taking a ‘one team’ approach by working with other councils leads to better … Continue reading

Cabinet member talks at national event on managing property more effectively

Surrey County Council Cabinet member Tony Samuels has spoken at a national event looking at how public services can save money by managing property more effectively. Mr Samuels told the Inside Government conference* that Surrey has joined forces with Hampshire County Council on property projects to drive down costs. He highlighted the council’s work through … Continue reading

Cabinet member speaks about economic growth at Westminster event

Surrey County Council Cabinet member Tony Samuels today (25 April) spoke at a Westminster event looking at how councils and businesses can work better together to stimulate economic growth. The event also examined ways councils and firms could join forces to transform public services. Joining Mr Samuels for the discussion were Andy Bagnall, head of … Continue reading

Agreement to regenerate the Preston estate

Surrey County Council has agreed to work with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston estate. The plans will make the area a more desirable, healthier and safer place to live and work During a meeting on Tuesday 27 March, the county council’s Cabinet agreed to sign a statement of intent with Reigate … Continue reading

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