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Due to high levels of service requests and applications, our phone lines are much busier than usual. The quickest and easiest way to access our services is by registering for an account at MyGuildford or visiting our self service pages. You can report an issue, make requests and track progress, pay your bills and apply for key services at any time.

Get the latest government advice about coronavirus. Advice for local residents and business can be found on our coronavirus information page.

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Doing business in Guildford

Guildford is home to many organisations that could help your business. Our business support partners are ready to offer support to your company. 

Our business team can put you in touch with business support organisations who can help you as you set up a new business. They can also support you with the growth of your organisation. Contact the business team on business@guildford.gov.uk.

Watch our video about Guildford's economy.

Learn more about why Guildford is a great location for business on our Guildford open for business page.

Business advice from Enterprise M3

You can get free business advice and mentoring provided by the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub.

Start-up and current businesses in the borough can access the support. 

The Growth Hub support can be:

  • one-to-one 
  • through the national business helpline
  • via a regular events programme

Find out more about the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey promotes business engagement and knowledge sharing in many ways.

Businesses can benefit from:

  • the expertise of world-class academics
  • cutting-edge research facilities
  • working with top-class students 

Joining with other industries is one of the major strengths and key values of the university. The university's approach helps to develop strong links with the wider business community. They use the knowledge and technology in the university to improve industry.

If you want to find out more, call the university's business development team on 01483 300800. They will discuss your business needs and put you in touch with the relevant teams.

Visit the University of Surrey's website.

Business South Champions

Becoming a Business South Champion could be beneficial for your organisation. As a champion, you become a member of the largest business network in the south. 

Here's what your business could gain from becoming a Business South Champion.

You can:

  • connect with key stakeholders and influence change
  • have plenty of business-to-business opportunities 
  • increase the profile of your business
  • share knowledge and best practice
  • make important contacts 

The council is a member of the Business South Champions Programme. We benefit from regular strategic advice on economic matters. Business South delivers regular high-quality events and runs an Economic Regeneration Steering Group.

Find out more information about future events on the Business South website.

Employment and skills

Find out more about the virtual Job Club for Guildford residents.

Guildford Online Job Club

A free virtual Job Club is available for Guildford residents. It launched in 2020 to support local economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

The job club:

  • can support up to 100 members
  • helps school leavers and graduates
  • is open to the unemployed and those facing redundancy 

The Job Club is delivered by The Stuart Mitchell Group. It helps individuals to understand their personal characteristics, qualities, skills and strengths. It guides them towards new career options involving employment, enterprise or volunteering.  

Business experts will help individuals learn new skills. The club will help people to return to employment or start a business of their own. This is through online lectures, group workshops, one-to-one mentoring, training and educational resources. Practical advice will include CV-writing and interview techniques. Participants can use a community forum to support each other.

Kickstart Scheme 

The Job Club supports the government's Kickstart Scheme for 16-24-year-olds.

The scheme has created work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit. 

Find out more about the Kickstart Scheme.

Skills for Employment scheme

The Job Club is part of the council's Skills for Employment initiative.

The Skills for Employment scheme will:

  • see how skills can be adapted and transferred between employers and business sectors
  •  look at new industries such as green technology
  • will look at collaboration opportunities through referrals and partnerships

The scheme will work with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus. Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses will be involved. 

Apprenticeships

To find out more about apprenticeships information is available from the Apprenticeship Hub.

Other organisations that can help your business

Many other organisations are available across Surrey to support your business. They can offer advice to start-ups and other businesses. 

Surrey Chambers of Commerce

The Chambers provide regular business-to-business events and networking opportunities. It offers an important voice for business.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce 

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation helps small businesses to achieve their ambitions. Members can get advice and support for their business.

Federation of Small Businesses

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is an international economic department. It promotes British trade and investment across the world. 

Department for International Trade

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise celebrates outstanding achievements in UK businesses. 

Guildford is an outstanding centre for innovation and enterprise. If you think your company has something to celebrate, you can apply for the award. 

Winners are invited to a royal reception and presented with an award.

Winners say their businesses have benefited from:

  • worldwide recognition
  • increased commercial value
  • greater press coverage
  • a boost to staff morale

Businesses can apply in one or more of the following categories:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development
  • promoting opportunity through social mobility

For more details on the application process, visit The Queen's Awards for Enterprise website.

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