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How we work

Business Surrey is a Surrey County Council service guided by a strong, independent private sector voice, including the One Surrey Growth Board.

One Surrey Growth Board

The One Surrey Growth Board (established in 2020) works to lead, oversee, and coordinate the Surrey Economic Strategy and Delivery Plan.

It is the main strategic business advisory board that helps steer the county’s economic growth policy and programmes.

Membership includes representatives from both the public and private sector and comprises multinationals, business representative organisations, Further/Higher education and local government.

Its focus is understanding the current economic context, highlighting regional assets, advising on key strategies, providing feedback on the implementation of economic growth programmes and initiatives and working collaboratively to develop our economy.

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Delivering in partnership

The One Surrey Growth Board is supported by several partnership groups that drive forward key workstreams. They also help the board to make decisions on economic strategy and initiatives.

Surrey Business Leaders’ Forum

The Surrey Business Leaders’ Forum is a diverse and representative group, bringing together companies from across the county, including business representative organisations, SMEs and representatives from major Surrey employers and priority sectors.

It plays a critical role in elevating the voice and role of business in local decision-making.

The forum provides the Growth Board and Surrey County Council with business insight and expertise and represents a diverse local business voice related to Surrey’s key economic strengths.

It will provide challenge and insight into the business impact of public sector initiatives and raise awareness of local business and economic needs.

Surrey Place Leaders Group

The Surrey Place Leaders Group steers the county’s planning and local infra-structure needs to unlock greater economic growth.

The Forum ensures that Surrey’s voice is heard. Membership comprises of Place Directors from each District and Borough and Surrey County Council.

Surrey Skills Leadership Forum

The Surrey Skills Leadership Forum is a strategic leadership body driving the development of a demand-led, inclusive skills system with representation from employers, training providers, and community representatives.

Surrey Innovation Working Group

The Surrey Innovation Working Group identifies and delivers strategic programmes that support business growth, cluster development and innovation across Surrey. It comprises leaders from our innovation economy, including universities and business representatives.

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Also embedded in delivery are the region’s three major universities – University for the Creative Arts, Royal Holloway University of London and University of Surrey – which play a pivotal role in enriching the local economy and attracting international talent and investment.

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Here you can find documentation relating to the governance of Business Surrey. This includes meeting agendas, key policies, and strategy documents.

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