Business partners' events

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

Past business events

Guildford Roll of Honour Award

Peter Gordon, who in 1996 founded Eagle Radio - then known as 96.4 The Eagle - was honoured at the historic Guildhall on 2 October. The Eagle Radio Breakfast Show host was born in Guildford, and has worked in local radio for almost 30 years.

Peter has now joined Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Peter Molyneux OBE, Professor Michael Bailey, Dato Dr Kim Tan, Perdita Hunt OBE and Professor Alf Adams on the Guildford Roll of Honour.

The Guildford Roll of Honour was created by the University and the Council in 2011 to celebrate exceptional individuals who have made a substantial impact to the economic wealth, social wellbeing or artistic culture of Guildford and the surrounding area.

Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: "The University and the Borough form a dynamic hub of internationally respected entrepreneurship and innovation. This award recognises our many outstanding citizens and showcases Guildford's unique personality and enterprising spirit."

"I am delighted that Peter Gordon is the newest inductee."

Peter Gordon said: "As a Guildfordian, it is a true honour to now be part of the town's  Roll of Honour - not least because of the esteemed company I now keep. The bonus is that I appear to be getting recognised for things that I've absolutely loved doing - in fact, I appear to have received an award for enjoying myself! Hopefully others may feel it's all been worthwhile too. Thanks to the University and the Council for the recognition."

Guests at the event were entertained by singers from the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) who performed a specially personalised jingle for Peter Gordon.

Roll of Honour 2018 - Peter Gordon wins award

Pictured above from left to right, Greg Melly, Senior Vice-President, Advancement and Community, University of Surrey; Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey; Peter Gordon; The Mayor of Guildford Cllr Mike Parsons.



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.