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Insights into our Economy: a free business briefing

Annual Economic Forum

Get insights on the national economy and the local impacts of Brexit in this year's online annual business briefing on Monday 17 January, 7.30-8.30am. 

Keynote speakers Marcus Wright, Senior Economist at RBS, and Professor Amelia Hadfield, Head of Department of Politics at the University of Surrey, will share insights and forecasts for the national economy and discuss the local impacts of Brexit. Hosted by our Strategic Services Director, Dawn Hudd, you will hear from Council Leader, Cllr Joss Bigmore, on our Shaping Guildford's Future plans and Director of Resources, Claire Morris, on our spending plans for the year ahead. 

Cllr John Redpath, Lead Councillor for the Economy, said: "We hope to welcome as many businesses as possible. This briefing is part of our support for local businesses and an important way we can hear from businesses, and they can hear from us. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has had a substantial financial impact on our local economy in Guildford with many of our local businesses and sectors being affected.  
"Since the beginning of the outbreak we have been working with our local businesses, distributing £40 million of government grants to local businesses and over £6.3 million in discretionary grants.  

"We are operating in extremely challenging times and like councils throughout the country, we face ongoing budget deficits. Despite being on track to achieve our target of £8million savings through our Future Guildford Transformation Programme, we still need to find a further £6millon (10% of our turnover) in order to balance the budget for our day to day running costs (also known as the General Fund) over the next four years in Guildford alone.  
"We are beginning to move toward recovery and are excited to share some of our newer projects that will help deliver a strong Guildford for the future. We also have initiatives that support the third sector too - for example our new Crowdfund Guildford platform, which exists to help local community groups raise money for their projects. Please do get in touch." 
Attendees will also be able to ask their own questions during the presentations. 


Published on: 12 January 2022