How do customers really see your business? Independent assessments available

If you would like to see how well prepared you are to receive valuable customers, Waverley Borough Council are offering a limited number of businesses the opportunity of an independent assessment. This will show you how your customers see your business, offer confidential feedback and advice, and a place on a retail excellence session that will give tips and ideas to give your customers the very best experience, and help you increase sales.

We will be working with Jim Smith at Insight6 on this support project.

In addition to these one-to-one sessions Jim will host a Free customer service webinar session – 21st June 6pm – 7pm

Find out more here and book an assessment

Support for the film sector

The film industry is such an integral part of the economy in Waverley –  the economic impact of filming in the borough of Waverley – from small independent productions to Hollywood blockbusters is huge.

In the financial year 2021/22, filming activity in Surrey brought £4.2 million into the local economy and a huge slice of that – £2.6 million – came to Waverley.

To develop this, the Waverley economic team have joined Creative England and created a promotional video. Film Waverley will be launched on the 29th June at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham.

To book to attend

Waverley’s road to recovery – video clips 

Every business in Waverley has been touched by the pandemic, some sectors much more than others. We asked Witley based videographer, Simon Hill, to film a selection of local entrepreneurs, finding out how they have adapted and transformed their businesses over the last two years.

The short video clips offer a wide range of perspectives from businesses as diverse as Godalming Travel, Idyllic Spa in Cranleigh, Manika’s Kitchen in Haslemere and Branston Adams in Farnham. We hope you enjoy watching them.

If you have a business in Waverley and would like to provide a case study for future projects, please contact business.support@waverley.gov.uk

More information: Waverley’s road to recovery – video clips (businesswaverley.co.uk)

Watch all our Youtube video clips here

Enter Net Zero 360 – the UK’s first full-service net-zero business package

Designed to take you from the first steps on your net-zero journey to becoming a bona fide sustainability pioneer, with every aspect of your business aligned to net-zero.

It gives your business access to workshops, a rigorous carbon calculator, action-planning support, and university innovation expertise and facilities.

For more information and to book here

Money still available to make your business greener

The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme in the South and East. The aim is to help your business become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions.

To do this, LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops and fully funded events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services

To register for this grant money

Manufacturing Growth Programme – grants available

If your company is new to the programme and you propose to spend up to £15,000 on new equipment, you may be eligible for a grant covering 33% of the cost.

Find out more here

Free business support service for Waverley

businesses with IncuHive.

Whether you have a new business idea that you would like to explore, are looking for ways to increase your turnover, grow your existing business or just do things more efficiently, IncuHive would love to help.

Thanks to funding from Waverley Borough Council, their in-house team of advisors can offer you FREE, impartial business advice.

  • Free advice and mentoring
  • Access to funding and grants
  • Finance, bookkeeping, tax
  • Finding new clients, marketing, web, social media
  • Post-Covid business planning and/or pivoting
  • New business start-up

Advisors will work with you to identify what would most help your business, including a bespoke interactive business ‘health check’, which will enable you to have a clear and honest overview of your business as it is today.

The package will include initial and ongoing 1:1 support designed to put the findings and recommendations into action and to maximise the chances of long-term sustainability.

Support contacts here

Support for the local visitor economy 

From family activity trails in our town centres this spring, including Godalming’s, to an inflatable whale in Haslemere, working with our cultural venues and attractions, Waverley BC economic development team is working to support businesses and employment within the visitor economy.

Enhancing the Waverley product on the Visit Surrey website, attracting groups to the area and will be launching a new destination marketing film this summer.

Get involved here

Community Rail Partnership video launched to

attract new visitors to the borough

Funded by the Welcome Back Fund, enjoy the new video, created to promote the Surrey Hills to South Downs railway line, which traverses through the stations of Farncombe, Godalming, Milford, Witley and Haslemere and two protected landscapes; the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park.

Rail partnership video here