Business partners' events

Find out about events in the borough aimed at helping local businesses grow and become more productive.

Past business events

Modern Slavery and your business

On Tuesday 3 July, The Modern Slavery and your business event was held at the Guildford Harbour Hotel, run by Surrey Chambers, in association with Surrey Police.

Government research has shown this issue to be much more prevalent than is thought, and in 2015 the Modern Slavery Act was passed. This Act aims to fight against this trade in human beings, and big businesses can now be held accountable and fined large sums if slavery forms any part of their supply chain.

Surrey Business Expo

Surrey's biggest business expo took place on Wednesday 13 June at Surrey Sports Park. The expo included 150 exhibitors, six seminars and speed networking.


Health and wellbeing in the workplace event

The modern workplace - thriving or surviving?

On 15 May, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Alliotts Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, hosted an event offering an innovative look at health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The event, sponsored by Guildford Borough Council, featured speakers with expertise in a variety of health and wellbeing areas including research, government, prevention, compliance, digital world resilience and more.

The event was held at The Refectory (Seasons), Guildford Cathedral.

H&W event

Business South - HR seminar

On 25 April, Business South organised an informative and interactive seminar where HR representatives and business leaders from Guildford and across Surrey came together to gain insights, share expertise and learn about their own and their employees' motivations in the workplace.

Recent statistics show that as few as one in three employees are engaged in their work. With increasing demand and pressure to reduce costs, while providing a good working environment to attract, motivate, develop and retain staff, there may never have been a more challenging time for employers.

This event included guest speakers from Hays, Skills for Business, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Brooklands College and Guildford Borough Council. The aim was to arm HR professionals with knowledge and insights such as:  

  • how to focus business leaders on engagement and motivation issues in the workplace

  • how to prioritise the things that employees and potential recruits value

  • understanding what tempts employees to change organisation

  • progress with the Apprenticeship Levy

  • a legal update for HR Professionals.  

In an interactive session, delegates had the opportunity to better understand what their personal motivators are and how they may use this knowledge to work better with colleagues in the workplace. 

The event was sponsored by Guildford Borough Council and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Guildford Roll of Honour Award

Cllr Nigel Manning, Mayor of Guildford, presented the Guildford Roll of Honour award to Professor Alf Adams, at a special ceremony at the Guildhall on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

During his 50 years at the University of Surrey, Professor Adams, a distinguished professor of physics, invented the strained-layer quantum well laser which helped to pave the way for many everyday technologies including bar codes and DVDs. He inspired generations of students, some of whom have gone on to become leading physicists, such as Professors Stephen Sweeney and Jim Al-Khalili.

The Mayor congratulated Professor Adams and said "We are very proud to support the Guildford Roll of Honour, which recognises the contribution of innovation, growth and development to our borough by exceptional individuals. Those who receive the award are role models for the inventors, business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future."

A joint venture between the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council, the Roll of Honour Award was attended by Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, and James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates a small number of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the economic wealth, social well-being or the artistic culture of Guildford and the surrounding region.


Pictured above, from left to right: Professor Max Lu Professor Alf Adams, Cllr Nigel Manning Mayor of Guildford, and James Whiteman.