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Our Economic Development Team's events

Find out about events organised by our Economic Development Team which aim to help local businesses thrive.

Past business events

Economic briefing and Council Tax consultation with business for 2018 - 2019

On Thursday 11 January 2018, we hosted an economic briefing and Council Tax consultation with business and the Council's budget for 2018-2019.

Presented by the Head of Financial Services at Guildford Borough Council, the event included a guest speaker from the banking sector, and Bill Biddell, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey who talked about The Queen's Awards for Enterprise.

Business Growth Event

Successful entrepreneurs Jerry Horwood, Ian James and Shad Bernard shared their expert knowledge of managing an organisation's growth at our Business Growth Event on Thursday 9 November, which was held in The Guildhall, Guildford.

The event was aimed at companies that have been trading for 12 to 18 months and are ready for the next stage of growth.

Our speakers discussed the risks involved, as well as the opportunities for development and growth.

The presentations included:

  • Managing growth to sustain your business by Jerry Horwood from Enterprise First.

  • The benefits of business incubation by Ian James from The Set Squared Partnership.

  • Shad Bernard of Prospect Networks on the growth and development of his business.

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Procurement/Meet the Buyer Event at Surrey Business Expo

Over 70 business delegates attended a free procurement event at Surrey Business Expo, Surrey Sports Park on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Organised by the Council, in conjunction with the University of Surrey, the networking breakfast looked at best practice bidding and procurement opportunities in relation to the two organisations.

Discussions recognised that increasing the amount of procurement into the local supply chains is part of the Government's industrial strategy, and both organisations have significant purchasing power.

Leader of the Council, Paul Spooner, launched the event and presentations were given by Steve White, Director of Resources; Nathaniel Burrows, Procurement Officer; and Colin Davies, Director of Procurement at the University of Surrey.

Guildford Borough Council and the University of Surrey join forces to talk procurement

Pictured above, from left to right, Nathaniel Burrows (Procurement Officer), Steve White (Director of Resources), Cllr Paul Spooner (Leader of Guildford Borough Council), Colin Davies (Director of Procurement at the University of Surrey), Cllr David Bilbe (Lead Cllr for Economic Development and Tourism).