Small business bulletin for Surrey

Local News 26 Jun 2024

Local small business news from Tracey Carter, your FSB Development Manager. Updates cover Guildford, Reigate, Redhill, Crowhurst, Caterham and Horley.

In summary

It was a pleasure to see you at our busiest Hogs Back Breakfast Networking event on 12 June. We are changing the format slightly and lowering the price to make it even more accessible. You can now enjoy a continental breakfast with an optional upgrade on the day to a full English breakfast at a cheaper price. Come and meet like-minded business owners for a great morning of networking. For more information visit our website.

Featured news and events 

Business Surrey – Funding & Grants

Surrey County Councils “Business Surrey” service provides information and links to help you access business grants, funding, and support programmes for your business. From start-up business funding to business growth funding, they will help you at all stages of your business journey. They can help you access the financial support you need to enable your business to prosper and open the door to business growth.

Take a look at some of the most popular business funding opportunities available

Surrey Networking, by FSB and HSBC

What a treat we have in store for you! Come and join us on Friday 19 July at our networking breakfast event at the stunning Jaguar Landrover statement site in Sunbury-on-Thames.

Hosted by HSBC and FSB, you will get the chance to meet other small business owners and grow your business network at this relaxed event amongst the luxury cars.

This will be a relaxed event with an emphasis on making introductions, connecting with new contacts and meeting old friends. Whether you are a regular networker or new to these types of events, you will find a warm welcome and a nice easy atmosphere for making those valuable introductions. A tour of the site facilities will be offered at the end of the event for those luxury car enthusiasts who want to peek behind the scenes.

The event is free and open to members and non-members.

Find out more and register here.

In other news 

Tandridge Business Awards 2024

Entries for the Tandridge Business Awards 2024 are now being accepted. It is the first time ever the district is holding the event, which will celebrate the diverse range of businesses in the area.

Tandridge District Council is behind the event and promises it will be a standout occasion, offering your business a fantastic opportunity to shine, raise your profile and celebrate with Tandridge’s business community.

Entries for a range of categories are now being accepted. Independent judges will evaluate entries with finalists announced on Monday 2 September before the event in October at Lingfield Park.

Find out how you can enter here.

Business leaders sought to shape Surrey’s economic future

Business Surrey – which is a Surrey County Council service – is expanding the membership of the Surrey Business Leaders’ Forum to ensure it is reflective of the diversity, innovation, and growth that is happening across Surrey’s economy.

As a member, you will bring your knowledge and expertise from your business and wider sector to share insights about the opportunities and challenges your business faces, help inform local decision-making, and shape new initiatives and investments designed to support local economic growth.

To register your interest in joining the Surrey Business Leaders Forum, please email [email protected].

A member of the team will be in contact to set up a call to share more details about the Forum and discuss your interest in joining.

To read more about the Surrey Business Leaders Forum here, please visit their website.

Still in the news 

Small business grants up to £5k for Reigate and Banstead businesses

The Grant has been created to support local small businesses who are looking to expand, enter new markets, become more environmentally sustainable, increase their efficiency or capacity, and follow their growth trajectory. It is for small businesses of up to 49 employees who can demonstrate real growth.

The award is a ‘one off’ grant, intended to help small businesses grow by enabling them to gain new accredited skills or invest in new premises that would lead to the recruitment of new staff, including apprentices.

They will also look favourably on applications that reduce the environmental impact of your business and/ or your products. The Council has allocated £100,000 to this initiative with individual awards available of up to £5,000 per business.

 For details on how to apply, visit the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council website.  

Green Skills – Trades and Construction

As part of their drive for green skills and jobs, Surrey County Council is offering training for businesses.

Surrey County Council has been awarded funding to support more than 500 local tradespeople with free or part-funded Green Skills training. This is part of the push for Surrey to be a net zero county by 2050.

With the demand for green skills currently outweighing the supply and the government continuing to push for greener solutions, it's a good idea to get involved now. The flexible, free, and low-cost courses cover essential subjects such as air source heat pumps, whole-house retrofit, and insulation installation. This is your opportunity to:

  • Future-proof your career
  • Boost your earning potential
  • Become an expert in an upcoming, emerging markets
  • Keep your services in high demand

Funded places on green skills courses for all trade and construction professionals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a list of free (or heavily subsidised) retrofit/green construction skills courses being delivered at colleges/training providers across Surrey, with more to be added in a few weeks.

Find out more here.

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Get in touch

Your FSB Development Manager for Surrey is Tracey Carter. If you'd like more information about the topics above, or if you have news about this area that you'd like to share, please get in touch.