Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – October 2023
2nd October 2023
Future Skills Forum Launch
Around a year ago we started our journey to create a Local Skills Improvement Plan (LSIP) incorporating all of Surrey and part of Hampshire. Over 1000 employer and skills provider interactions later we presented our findings to the DFE and to all the stakeholders, outlining the actions needed to make the local skills provision more responsive to employers needs. We were hugely supported by Businesses, Providers and other Stakeholders giving their time to help us on this journey and we wanted to record our thanks here.
One of the actions was to create a Future Skills Forum, which was launched in September. The event was a tremendous success, packed full of skills professionals along with key insights and developments within the key sectors in Surrey and North/Mid Hampshire. Our next action was to create a way in which employers and skills providers could easily engage with each other. Coming soon will be an interactive area of our Future Skills website to deliver this facility. At the launch Employers were also invited to complete ‘commitment cards’ to share some of the different ways they would like to contribute to improve the skills provision. We were delighted to collect commitments from 25 employers and are eager to hear from any of you wanting to get involved. I am delighted to welcome back to the Chamber, Tom Woods as our Business Connector for this project. He would love to hear from you email@example.com
Surrey Business Awards
I was delighted to be part of the judging process for the Surrey Business Awards, recently, and the quality of the entries was excellent. Close to my heart is the Chamber Member of the Year award and shortlisted for this were Login Lounge, Surrey translation Bureau, Something Big, NatWest and Impact for Good, all incredibly supportive businesses and should all be winners!
As part of the national network
One of the unique benefits of being a Surrey Chambers member is that we are directly linked into the decision makers in Westminster, giving us the opportunity to influence Policy decisions affecting us as businesses. Our Business Council was launched recently, alongside Cabinet Minister, the Rt Hon Michael Gove and Shadow Chancellor, the Rt Hon Rachel Reeves, with a focus on 5 key areas-People and Work, Global Britain, Digital Revolution, Green Innovation and Future of the High Street. We are always keen to hear from anyone, locally, who would like to contribute to these groups. We have also created an action plan to present to all political parties. We are calling for urgent action from politicians to stimulate economic growth across the UK. Among the key asks are; Better planning for business so that firms are not squeezed out of towns and cities; Introduction of flexibility in the apprenticeship levy to support everyone in the workplace; Strengthened UK-EU co-operation to increase bi-lateral investment levels; Dramatic energy grid upgrades to ensure there is sufficient network capacity to meet modern needs. Action on these key issues will make a significant difference for the tens of thousands of businesses we represent as a network, but as one of the most productive areas in the country we need to access support that makes sure we continue to be the vibrant Surrey economy, which contributes significantly to UK plc.