Representation & Policy
Surrey Chambers of Commerce represents over 1500 businesses in all sectors of the economy, and of all sizes. As the prime membership organisation in the county, we seek to represent the interests and support the competitiveness and growth of all businesses in the Surrey community and region.
Voicing your issues at local and National level
We identify, manage, research, prepare and communicate all external policy issues agreed by Surrey Chambers of Commerce both within the organisation to staff and members and also outside the organisation to local and national government and to the press, both radio and TV and the print media.
Issues can cover anything from the amount of water to be extracted from the Thames to be stored in local reservoirs to the future of aviation in the United Kingdom, from the closure of a road in a town to build a bus lane to the number of hours staff are permitted to work.
Quarterly Economic Survey
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) is the largest and longest-running business survey in the UK and is a powerful tool for representing the voice of business to Government.
At the national level, it’s a leading indicator – often picking up big changes in the economy long before other surveys or official statistics:
• The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee uses the QES as one of its key benchmarks when setting interest rates.
• HM Treasury and the independent Office for Budget Responsibility use the QES to put together their forecasts for the UK’s economic performance.
• The European Commission uses the QES to assess the health of the UK economy when it makes policy recommendations for both Westminster and Brussels.
The previous national QES results can be found here: www.economicsurvey.org.uk
Working in Partnership with local authorities
We are also actively involved with local groups and partnerships in the 11 Surrey Boroughs:
- Local Strategic Partnership – all aspects locally as they affect the business community
- Partnerships to reduce Crime – in shops, licensed premises and business parks
- Community Learning Partnerships – involving all ages of learners with businesses
- Education Business Partnerships – involving schools with businesses
- Young Enterprise – encouraging students to set and run real companies in school
- Town Centre Partnerships developing and strengthening local economies
- Employment Panels – trying to find new ways to recruit and train staff
- Specialist Groups – eg Women in Business, Construction & Property Forum
Find out more about our Partnerships.
At any one time, our staff can be involved in a dozen or more local groups offering advice and experience to those outside the business community and ensuring that the concerns and requirements of local businesses are being voiced and heeded.