Invest in Surrey champions the county at UKREiiF 2024

Invest in Surrey to boost your business” was the message promoted loud and clear by a delegate of Surrey County Council representatives at UKREiiF 2024.

A team from the council’s Inward Investment arm – which is part of Business Surrey – attended the three day event in Leeds this month.

They were supported by representatives from Guildford Borough Council, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and Mole Valley District Council.

During the three day event, the team spoke to hundreds of people interested in relocating, investing or promoting the county as a fantastic place to do business.

A portfolio of 20 sites was also promoted, with the aim of encouraging investment in the county, which is one of the UK’s leading regional economies.

Delegates were also presented with a prospectus championing Surrey’s strengths – including our fantastic location, world-leading sectors and highly-skilled workforce.

Download the prospectus via the Invest in Surrey website.

About UKREiiF 2024

UKREiiF – which stands for the UK’s Real Estate, Investment & Infrastructure Forum – is an annual event.

The aim is to connect people, places, and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive, and transformational investment.

Setting up the Invest in Surrey stand at UKREiiF

This three-day event brings together key decision-makers from every area of the built environment. This includes the public sector – with every core UK city and region involved – alongside government, investors, funders, developers, housebuilders.

Check out these numbers for 2024:

  • 12,000+ Event Attendees
  • 2,500+ Fringe Event Attendees
  • 800+ Speakers Across 30 Stages
  • 40+ Stages
  • 150 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Fringe Events
  • 250+ Local Authorities Attending
  • 1,500+ Investors Attending
  • 750+ Occupiers Attending
  • 500+ Developers Attending

Why Invest in Surrey

Invest in Surrey is a dedicated resource to help you relocate your business to Surrey.

Thanks to our desirable location, reputation for innovation and collaborative business
ecosystem, Surrey is a top business location of choice.

Our specialised team offers free and confidential services. We assist companies looking to invest in Surrey.

Whether you’re a start-up, SME or international company, you can benefit from specialist expertise, local knowledge and business support to help ensure a faster, more successful investment. This is regardless of where your business is in the relocation or expansion decision-making process.

Companies looking to relocate to Surrey originate from all over the world. Most direct inward investment enquiries are currently coming from the USA, India, and Germany.

For more details contact our team of experts via our business support form.

Tandridge Business Awards 2024

Entries for the Tandridge Business Awards 2024 are now being accepted. It is the first time ever the district is holding the event, which will celebrate the diverse range of businesses in the area.

Tandridge District Council is behind the event and promises it will be a standout occasion, offering your business a fantastic opportunity to shine, raise your profile and celebrate with Tandridge’s business community.

Entries for a range of categories are now being accepted. Independent judges will evaluate entries with finalists announced on Monday 2 September before the event in October at Lingfield Park.

Tandridge Business Awards 2024 – Categories

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to impress a leading panel of judges, gaining recognition for your achievements and stand out from the competition. The following categories are open to businesses in the district, no matter whether you are an established business or a budding start-up.

You can enter up to three categories:

  • Small Business of the Year (less than 10 employees) – sponsored by Champ Consultants.
  • Business of the Year (more than 10 employees) – sponsored by East Surrey College.
  • Employer of the Year – sponsored by My Club.
  • Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by North Downs Hospital, Caterham.
  • Customer Service Award – sponsored by LoveOxted.
  • Sustainability Award
  • Community Service Provider Award – sponsored by Ann Summers.
  • High Street Business Award
  • Hospitality Award

Find out more about each of the categories and the terms and conditions.

Tandridge Business Awards 2024 – how to enter

The awards are free to enter for all businesses with a trading address in the Tandridge District.

Please submit a new application form for each category you want to enter. You can enter up to three categories.

Enter by 11.59pm on Sunday 4 August via the Application form.

Independent judges will evaluate entries with finalists announced on Monday 2 September.

Preparing your entry

The team behind the Tandridge Business Awards 2024 have provided an Entry Preparation worksheet, to help you prepare your application in advance. This will allow you time to draft a response as well as research and gather evidence so you can quickly and easily complete your online entry form.

Training sessions

You can also join one of our training sessions, online or in person to maximise your chance of success. These are on:

  • Thursday 30 May: 12pm-2pm, online using Microsoft Teams, or come to the Council Offices, Oxted. Please arrive at 11.30am for a 12pm start.  
  • Monday 1 July: 6pm-8pm, online using Microsoft Teams, or come to the Council Offices, Oxted. Please arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.    

The Council Offices are at 8 Station Road East, Oxted RH8 0BT. Book your place by contacting the awards team. 

Tandridge Business Awards 2024 ceremony

Save the date! Winners will be announced at our black tie Tandridge Business Awards ceremony on Thursday 3 October at the Lingfield Park Resort.

All finalists must be able to attend the award ceremony. We are also extending the invitation to businesses in the district.

The ceremony, hosted by Richard Stillgoe includes a three course meal and welcome drink and a fantastic lineup of entertainment.

More details about the ceremony will be shared soon, including how to purchase tickets.

Interested in sponsoring an award category?

If you or your business would like the opportunity to provide sponsorship in return for marketing and PR do get in touch. The details are in this Sponsorship booklet or contact the Tandridge District Council Business Support Team.

Sponsors can still enter the awards, except for the category they are sponsoring. 

Any surplus sponsorship not used to cover the cost of the event will be shared among the Tandridge Chairman’s charities.

Key dates

  • Thursday 30 May: Training session (online / in person).  
  • Monday 1 July: Training session (online / in person).  
  • Sunday 4 August: Entry deadline is at 11.59pm
  • Monday 2 September: Finalists announced.
  • Thursday 3 October: Awards ceremony from 7pm at Lingfield Park Resort

Other Surrey Business Awards

Looking to celebrate your business achievements but not based in Tandridge?

There are a range of other awards events taking place across Surrey this year, including the Surrey Business Awards and SME Surrey Business Awards.

Business Surrey launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer

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Business Surrey – a new Surrey County Council service offering free and accessible support to businesses across the county – has officially been launched by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt.

From start-ups to longstanding SMEs, Surrey companies of all sizes, sectors and stages of their business journey can access expert support for no cost via the new Business Surrey website.

The Council developed the offer to coincide with the transfer of strategic powers to grow the economy previously held by the county’s two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

It means for the first time there is a single, co-ordinated business support offer for the whole of Surrey – something which is welcomed by local leaders.

Matt Furniss, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Economic Growth, said: “Surrey has a fantastic economic story to tell – with more than 100,000 businesses, a highly-skilled workforce and world-leading sectors helping generate more than £50 billion a year to the UK economy.

“But we know there’s more that we can do – which is why I am delighted we have developed Business Surrey, providing a simple and easy way for companies of all sizes to access the support they need to grow.

“By being in a position to support businesses from day one of being handed these functions from LEPs, we are ahead of the national curve – something which can only be positive for our 1.2 million residents and 110,000 businesses.”

Business Surrey provides free and accessible support for all businesses in Surrey – such as targeted bespoke support for high growth companies, highlighting networking events, promoting the county’s innovative sectors, and hosting a live directory of more than 100 national and local initiatives.

The new website also brings together of the business-facing aspects of the Council’s work, including trading standards, Greener Futures and Surrey Fire & Rescue.

Business Surrey went live in April and was officially launched at Huskins in Godalming by the Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last week (Friday May 17).

Also speaking was Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council; Shahid Azeem, the High Sheriff of Surrey; and local tech entrepreneur Terence Naidu.

Representatives from Surrey County Council, business groups, universities and the county’s 11 district and borough authorities were among those attending.

Business Surrey launch – what they said

Jeremy Hunt, Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for South West Surrey, said: “Surrey is a fantastic place to do business. The innovation and ideas of its residents, combined with sector strengths in creative industries, and tech and life sciences, make it a pivotal region in driving growth for the whole of the UK.

“That’s why it’s great to see Surrey County Council using the newly transferred powers formally held by LEPs to develop a clear offer to support businesses.

“I would urge businesses at all stages of their journey to contact the Business Surrey team to access expert help and support.”

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Growing the economy in a sustainable way is a priority for the Council, which can only be achieved by working and engaging with our fantastic business community. Growth is not only good for business; it also generates opportunities for local people, supports investment in our communities, and improves the lives and wellbeing of our 1.2 million residents.

“We’re looking forward to continuing to work closely with our universities, businesses, and local authority partners to capitalise on our enhanced strategic economic role, as it is only through shared expertise that we stand the best chance of growing our economies.”

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Business Surrey roadshow

As part of the Business Surrey launch, Surrey County Council has teamed up with Surrey Chambers of Commerce to hold a series of Business Surrey Roadshow events next month.

The sessions will include practical ways for business owners to access support to grow their enterprises, as well as opportunities to connect with like-minded professionals.

The events take place on:

  • June 4 in Camberley – Login Lounge from 8am
  • June 6 in Egham – Royal Holloway, University of London from 6pm
  • June 13 in Horley – Langshott Manor Hotel from 8am
  • June 21 in Leatherhead – Fetcham Park House from 8am

Pre-booking for the events is essential. Secure your space via the Business Surrey events page.

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Business Surrey roadshow: book now to attend

Come and experience the Business Surrey roadshow, an exciting series of dynamic business events which could help your business grow and prosper.

Following the successful launch of Business Surrey – which offers free accessible support to all businesses in the county – Surrey Chambers of Commerce is partnering with Surrey County Council to showcase a wide range of support available to local businesses.

The interactive sessions are a fantastic opportunity to learn about available support, connect with like-minded professionals and discuss challenges to the future success of your business and the wider economy.

Places are FREE but must be booked in advance on the links below.

When and where is the Business Surrey roadshow taking place?

The Business Surrey roadshow will take place at various locations throughout June.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance via the above links.

Why should you attend?

Join us at the Business Surrey Roadshow for a personalised experience, where you can:

  • Connect with the Business Surrey team for expert guidance and support.
  • Explore valuable resources tailored to your business needs.
  • Engage in insightful discussions with industry specialists.
  • Network with like-minded business owners and expand your connections.

Don’t miss this opportunity to accelerate your business success. Whether you’re seeking advice, connections, or inspiration—our roadshow has something special in store for you!

Our partners

Business Surrey wants to thank a range of partners for helping us host these events, including:

  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce
  • Surrey Heath Borough Council
  • Runnymede Borough Council
  • Mole Valley District Council
  • Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
  • Federation of Small Business
  • Institute of Directors
  • Gatwick Diamond Business

Major Surrey company build interest in construction careers at Nescot

Construction professionals of the future were provided a chance to learn more about careers in the industry in an interactive day at Surrey’s Nescot College.

Representatives from Ringway Infrastructure Services, Surrey’s leading highway maintenance contractor, led the session at the further education college in Epsom.

Students from a range of courses had the chance to find out more about the new Construction Skills for Highway Maintenance courses being delivered by the college with Ringway and supply chain partner Eurovia Surfacing.

The day was supported by the Surrey Careers Hub, a Surrey County Council service which connects employers to training providers to ensure young people can take their next best step.

Slavina Kalendzhieva, Head of Foundation Learning at Nescot said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Ringway and Eurovia to deliver these courses which create lots of opportunities for our students. The courses offer clear pathways from education to vocational, employment and apprenticeship opportunities and will help students develop skillsets for next steps after college.

“The opportunity to meet with industry professionals has also given our students an insight into the varied opportunities available in the highway sector.”

Carolyn Jay, Community and Place Manager at Ringway said:

“We are really excited to be working with Nescot. The accredited construction curriculum courses offer masterclasses by Ringway and Eurovia. Students will have the opportunity to interview for a job or apprenticeship with Ringway, Eurovia and supply chain partners following course completion.

“The college has been so excellent and responsive to us being on campus to demonstrate to students the wide range of work opportunities in the highways industry which needs young people. We want to showcase how accessible it is to work in this sector.”

Students had the opportunity to try out specialised equipment to lay a paving slab. Others used electric hand tools including a fully electric steel saw used for cutting slabs and tarmac. Some explored the vehicles used, including an Accident and Emergency vehicle, a Roller and a Low Loader used for transporting highway kit.

Bricklaying student Jack who enjoyed exploring the Roller vehicle said:

“It’s been a fantastic experience finding out what is involved with working on the roads and the various equipment used. It is great that these courses are being offered, they sound very interesting and I think they will enhance my learning.”

Highways Maintenance courses at Nescot

The one-year Level 1 and Entry Level Construction Skills for Highway Maintenance courses develop skills in construction, employability and digital with a focus on highway maintenance.

They are designed to provide a pathway to the Ringway Highways Maintenance/Groundworks Apprenticeship, or similar roles with Eurovia and other supply chain partner.

Certified by the Gateway examining body, the Building and Construction specification is delivered with input from Ringway and Eurovia staff. It includes live briefs, industry projects, masterclasses and enrichment activities.

Students will have the opportunity to interview for a job or apprenticeship with Ringway, Eurovia and supply chain partners following course completion.

Ringway manage and maintain the largest portfolio of highways service contracts in the UK. This covers over 43,000km of strategic and local highway network on behalf of National Highways, Transport for London, and local authorities.

Student in high vis jacket sits on a construction vehicle, with a tutor on the ground advising him how to use it.

Free short online course launched for SMEs by government

Small business leaders across Surrey can now access Help to Grow: Management Essentials, a free short online course packed with practical tips to help their company grow.

The Department for Business and Trade launched the new Help to Grow: Management Essentials course last week (April 24, 2024).

Based on the 12-week Help to Grow: Management Course, Essentials is suited to leaders of newer or smaller SMEs, or those who are looking to explore the principles of business growth and management before taking the next step and enrolling in the full course.

It is intended to support Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) leaders to establish their roots as they look ahead to scale up and grow their business.

How do I access Help to Grow: Management Essentials?

Essentials is the latest addition to the extensive package of SME support announced by Government as part of the ‘Help to Grow’ campaign: a one-stop shop for SMEs.

The course is free, with content divided into three easy-to-access modules consisting of short videos and supporting resources covering the essential business concepts required to unlock growth. Business leaders can access the course through the Help to Grow website.

Businesses in Surrey can also access free bespoke support from the new growth hub service run by Surrey County Council via the business support form on the Business Surrey website.

What do businesses say about Help to Grow: Management Essentials?

Byron Dixon, founder of Micro Fresh said:

“These videos are jam-packed with inspiration and practical tips for small business leaders. I wish I’d had this type of resource available to me when I was scaling my business.”

Martin McTague, National Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

“FSB has been making the case for a streamlined, digital taster session version of the Help to Grow Management course, and we’re delighted to see this now delivered. Businesses with fewer than five employees were ineligible for the full Help to Grow course, so this is particularly good news.

“This will better fit with the busy lives of small business owners who struggled with the initial commitment for 12-week intensive learning. It means many more can now access the benefits of Help to Grow and see the benefits of committing to the longer course as follow-up.”

Michael Hayman, MBE, Chair of the Small Business Charter said:

“Designed by the experts at Small Business Charter accredited business schools, the Help to Grow: Management Essentials Course will provide new opportunities for smaller firms to unlock their business potential.

“Essentials joins the full Help to Grow: Management Course which has already helped thousands of business leaders develop the skills they need to accelerate growth, productivity and innovation. Together they provide a unique opportunity for businesses across the SME community to benefit.”

Enterprise Nation Founder and CEO, Emma Jones CBE, said:

“As a delivery partner on the Help to Grow: Management course, we see the positive impact this initiative has on small business confidence and productivity every day. One thing that stands out is the value that working one-to-one with a matched mentor can have, bringing the lessons learned on the course alive in a very practical setting.

“Helping business leaders understand the clear benefits that taking time out of the business to sharpen business knowledge can have – and practical support on how to apply that to their own business cannot be overstated.”

Sign up to the Management Essentials course via the Small Business Charter website.

New CEO for Surrey Hills Enterprises announced

Surrey Hills Enterprises has announced the appointment of Maggie Howell as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Maggie succeeds Wendy Varcoe, who is retiring after seven years of dedicated service. She brings a wealth of experience and a relentless commitment to advancing the organisation’s vision of fostering a thriving sustainable rural economy in the Surrey Hills.

Her appointment marks an exciting chapter for Surrey Hills Enterprises, which is the Community Interest Company arm of the Surrey Hills National Landscapes. It was set up in 2012 to support and develop the rural economy and tourism and to promote and enhance the Surrey Hills.

Surrey Hills Enterprises core activities are focused on ‘clean growth’, environmental sustainability and building a strong local economy and tourism industry.  It has a strong membership of local businesses who receive business support including training, mentoring, collaboration and a Surrey Hills marketing platform.

With over 20 years of experience in running two award-winning local, national, and international businesses, as well as three decades of expertise in marketing, event management, team leadership, and stakeholder management, Maggie is primed to build on Wendy’s work.

Maggie Howell said:

“I am honoured and thrilled to lead Surrey Hills Enterprises into its next phase of growth and development. Wendy’s legacy is undeniable, and I am committed to continuing her remarkable work of supporting environmentally sustainable businesses, promoting our members to the wider community and forging collaborations with key partners.”

Maggie’s deep understanding of Surrey Hills Enterprises, gained from working for the organisation for the last five years, positions her as the ideal leader for this role.

As an entrepreneur herself, Maggie brings a profound empathy for small businesses. She couples with a relentless drive for collaboration and business support.

Maggie will host her inaugural event on May 23rd, in partnership with the Surrey Sustainable Business Network, coinciding with the launch of the new Guildford Zero premises in Guildford.

This collaborative event will bring together a diverse range of organisations committed to Surrey Hills Enterprises’ vision of creating a more sustainable business community in the Surrey Hills. Book tickets on the Surrey Hills website.

Surrey Hill Enterprises is one of dozens of services in the Business Surrey Support Directory. This lists local, regional and national schemes to help your business grow and succeed.