20 June 2017

Guildford Borough Council Joins Business South in the Year of the Champion

Business South was established in 2007 to be the independent representative of businesses in the South of England.

To unite businesses, to gain strength from this collaboration, and to use it to make a difference to both individual organisations and to the wider economy.

In the last decade, countless business connections have been made and 85 per cent of Champions are making connections and doing business as a result of being a Champion.

Beyond making connections between individual businesses, the Champions programme and the strength that such an influential group of organisations represents, has achieved a huge amount for the region.  Together, the Champions have promoted the area, demonstrated the importance of their sectors, provided invaluable thought leadership, influenced policies and investment decisions and delivered on a range of projects.

Guildford Borough Council is the latest organisation to join the network. The Council supports a sustainable economy within the context of its draft Local Plan by working to sustain and improve the area’s infrastructure and connectivity as well as engaging with key employers and SME’s to ensure their needs and concerns are recognised.

'Business South is delighted to welcome Guildford Borough Council as a founder Business Champion in Surrey, Says Andy Swift, Area Director. ‘‘We are really excited that Guildford Borough Council are now Champions and look forward to working with them on a variety of initiatives to promote the place, people and prosperity particularly as we accelerate the expansion of the Business Champion Programme across Surrey throughout 2017 and beyond.’

Chris Burchell, Local Economy manager at Guildford Borough Council said: ‘Supporting economic growth in the area is a key priority for the Council as part of its Economic Strategy and working with Business South, we believe we can enhance our support for the local economy. We are therefore delighted to become a Business South Champion and anticipate a strong working relationship to the benefit of the region.’


John Mitchell, Group CEO at Business South was pleased to meet withCllr David Bilbè for the founder Champion plaque giving and to hear how Guildford is home to exciting high tech sector clusters, including electronic gaming, 5G technologies, veterinary and biomedical sciences, cyber security and satellite technology with a strong legal and financial services presence.


Guildford Borough is one of the most competitive economies in the UK and the best performing economy in Surrey with a GVA of £5.1bn (2015 figures).   With strong road and rail links to London Heathrow, Gatwick and the M25, and an outstanding skills base and quality of life, Guildford is an excellent place to do business.

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