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Our county

Surrey is home to 1.2 million residents who enjoy a high quality of living, fantastic countryside, great connections, and a robust economic landscape.

It has a reputation for innovation along with a collaborative business ecosystem.

A great place to do business

Surrey is as acclaimed for its areas of natural beauty, idyllic countryside and picturesque villages as it is for its bustling historic towns and sought-after urban life full of diverse and inclusive communities rich in heritage and culture.

All of this makes it a great place to live and do business.

View of Guildford High Street and The Downs

Dynamic Economy

With 110,000 businesses, Surrey fosters a thriving and diverse economy which generates £50 billion a year to the UK economy.

Alongside an impressive mix of international enterprises such as Samsung, Sony and the WWF, among many others, Surrey is also home to innovative start-ups and a high level of micro-businesses, adding to the county’s entrepreneurial spirit.

Surrey has a highly skilled workforce. Fifty-four per cent of residents have a degree or higher. The area also has prestigious educational and research institutions, including three prominent universities and national research agencies. The business success rate is high, at 88%, compared to 81% nationally. As a result, it is well-suited to nurturing some of the UK’s most successful companies and world-leading sectors. These include createch, cybersecurity, AI, space and satellites, health, and gaming.

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Committed to the environment

Surrey is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable development both locally and globally. This commitment is in harmony with its sustainable business ethos and is reflected in Surrey’s commitment to a net zero future by 2050.

Net zero future


Surrey is well-connected in a desirable location. It has excellent links to London and major transport hubs. There are two international airports and four international shipping ports within just 60 miles of its borders.

The region’s proximity to London, combined with its own thriving economic ecosystem, provides businesses with exceptional access to global markets, talent, and innovation.

Surrey also provides considerable networking opportunities. This creates a vibrant community where businesses can connect, collaborate, and thrive.

Train to Waterloo passing through a Surrey station

Our bright future

The region has huge potential for continued sustainable economic growth. This will benefit everyone now and in the future.

Surrey supports businesses of all sizes and at all stages of their journey, backed by a range of initiatives and networks that foster growth and success. This includes offering free business advice, guidance on funding options, relocation, and recruitment assistance.

Business Surrey is proud to champion and support Surrey businesses to grow and prosper in our collaborative, well-connected, and celebrated economy and ecosystem.

Ready to explore ways to grow your business and become part of Surrey’s continuing success story? We’re waiting to hear from you.

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Key stats

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50 billion GDP – The third highest county in England

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110,000 active businesses

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Healthy lifestyle

#1 in the UK Vitality Index for Health & Environment