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Surrey Business with Surrey Chambers of Commerce

PUBLISHED: 21:06 13 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:29 20 February 2013

Surrey Business with Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Surrey Business with Surrey Chambers of Commerce

With Surrey one of Britain's economic powerhouses, Louise Punter, Surrey Chambers of Commerce chief executive, brings us all the latest news from the Surrey business markets every month

With Surrey one of Britains economic powerhouses, Louise Punter, Surrey Chambers of Commerce chief executive, brings us all the latest news from the Surrey business markets every month

Originally published in Surrey Life magazineMay 2012

Lets talk
Surrey Chambers of Commerce Business Women in Surrey celebrated International Womens Day in style with 100 guests at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher. Local business people gathered for an evening event to hear the inspiring stories of six women at the peak of their chosen careers: Emma Jones, Enterprise Nation; Fiamma Pather, yourSanctuary; Helen Collins, Surrey Police; Isobel Pooley, Team GB High Jump; Penny Power, Ecademy; and Valerie Elliott, Sony.

Climbing mountains
Six determined partners, solicitors and support staff have teamed up to take on an uphill battle to raise money for local charity Disability Challengers. The fund-raisers, who work together at Morrisons, will be climbing England, Scotland and Wales highest mountains all within 24 hours and without stopping to sleep.

A 20th anniversary
Based in Surrey, leading IT solutions consultancy Ramsac is celebrating two decades of offering straightforward, hassle-free business technology support. The company was set up on March 17, 1992, by managing director Robert May and finance director Sally Cooper and took the full initials of both founders to create the Ramsac name.

Running the London Marathon
Seven members of Surrey Polices ice hockey team, the Surrey Lions, will be putting their best feet forward when they take on the challenge of running the London Marathon dressed in full ice hockey kit.

A must for all retailers
A new multi-media counter terrorism simulation, Project Argus Retail is designed for managers and decision makers within the retail sector, but the training is appropriate for any business located within or close to town centres or other busy public places. Training is taking place across the county over the next few months.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine April 2012

The best of Guildford
The fifth annual Guildford Means Business Exhibition takes place on Wednesday May 16 at the Spectrum Leisure Centre always popular with business owners and managers in Surrey.

On a health kick!
The Surrey Chambers team has taken part in a health challenge through Activity4Charity. Split into two teams of five, the aim was to achieve 10,000 steps per day on pedometers over a six-week period. Everyone rose to this challenge and raised money for local charities.

Job club launched
Chris Grayling, Epsom and Ewell MP and employment minister, has recently launched the Nescot Job Club. Job Clubs play a vital role up and down the country helping job-seekers back into employment; they offer expert advice and training in a social, informal setting and are free to all individuals.

Information service goes live
Surrey-i is the countys local information system and gives you a new insight into the people, the places and the issues in your local area by allowing you to quickly and easily find statistics, maps, analysis and links to useful information.

International partnership
World-renowned training organisation, Farnham Castle in Farnham, has announced it has partnered with Coach Africa to deliver intercultural and team building programmes throughout Africa and the rest of the world. Farnham Castle is a world leader in intercultural business skills training and can help with more detailed briefings on individual cultures.

Surrey business overview

Frequently described as leafy and affluent, Surrey is simultaneously the most wooded county in England and the largest contributor to the national economy outside London.

With a resident population of 1.1 million Surreys GVA (business value) was worth over 28bn in 2009 almost equivalent to that of Birmingham and Liverpool combined.

With excellent road, rail and air connections, Surrey is a great place for business and has a highly skilled workforce more than 70% of residents are educated to NVQ level 2 (five GCSEs) or higher and 39% have a first degree or higher.

Surrey is also home to an estimated 60,700 VAT or PAYE registered enterprises (2010). The vast majority of Surreys businesses (86%) are micro businesses employing less than ten people and 73% employing fewer than five staff. There are around 300 businesses in the county employing 200+ employees.

In spite of the many positives in Surreys economy, our success also contributes to local pressures, with high house prices, heavily congested roads and rail, and growing socio-economic disparities.

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