Surrey Heath Borough Council joins Business South as a new Champion

Sep 11, 2019

Surrey based local authority, Surrey Heath Borough Council is the latest organisation to join the Business South Champion programme


Established in 2007, Business South is the independent representative of businesses in the South of England, supporting the prosperity of the region by bringing together business leaders, educators, public bodies and entrepreneurs to create a dominant and powerful force for change and growth.

Over the last decade, the Champions programme has grown to 150 Champions, Associates and partners with 85 per cent of Champions making connections and doing business as a result of being a Champion.

Beyond making connections between individual businesses, Business South and its Champions have achieved a huge amount for the region. Together, 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.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is the latest organisation to join Business South.

Sam Marshall, Economic Development Officer at Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “We have a common goal with Business South to support local businesses and I look forward to seeing the fruit of our new partnership. Surrey Heath’s business sector is an integral part of our borough and local businesses are at the heart of the community as they create jobs for local people, drive the local economy and enrich our residents’ lives. And our unique Open for Business approach to helping business move into, expand or start up in the borough is central to our activities.

“Our combined focus with Business South is to make Surrey Heath an even better place for business by attracting increased talent, investment and business. Creating a great place for businesses to flourish in a sustainable place to live, work and play and provide a great place to succeed, is at the heart of the borough’s strategy for economic growth.”

Located in the North West of Surrey, Surrey Heath enjoys significant benefits with its close proximity to London, the major airports and the south coast with high quality housing, a highly skilled working age population and a thriving small business economy

Andy Swift, Champion Director at Business South, said: “We are delighted to welcome Surrey Heath Borough Council as our newest Business South Champion. The influence of Business South is made possible due to the high calibre of our Champions and in particular in relation to local authorities, the business communities that they represent. It is the collaboration between our Business Champions that has, and will continue, to achieve a real difference for our region.”