Launch for borough’s new Economic Development Strategy

Under new plans currently being developed, businesses and residents in Surrey Heath will have access to training and apprenticeship programmes, enhanced technology sectors and improved connectivity, thanks to the borough’s new 2020 Economic Development Strategy.

The council has worked with partner organisations and local businesses to set an ambitious strategy for the future to ensure the borough remains economically vibrant, with high quality business parks in urban centres and busy, bustling villages in rural areas set to serve as vibrant local trade centres.

Regeneration of Camberley Town Centre, active promotion of key employment sites and development of the borough’s leading business parks are just some of the plans to boost growth.

Others include:

  • Supporting the development and investment of new start-ups within Surrey Heath and helping existing companies to expand
  • Targeting inward investment and export development
  • Seeking to increase the number of companies looking to capitalise on the borough’s close airport and port links
  • Developing initiatives to link companies and schools so that local employers active in key sectors such as Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Health have access to the talent pool of young future employees in the Borough
  • Connectivity and easing congestion within Camberley, Blackwater Valley and surrounding areas for commuters and visitors to the borough
  • Nearly £15m from the Local Growth Fund for London Road and A331 improvements

Training for over 55 year olds keen on gathering new skills will be developed, while ex-military personnel can improve their skills, retrain and receive advice and guidance to start their own business as the council continues to strengthen its military connections.

Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Karen Whelan, said: “This is a strategy not just for the here and now but also for the future. It sets a challenging agenda for the council and our partners to ensure Surrey Heath continues to develop as a sustainable place to live, work, shop and play, as well as maintaining a thriving place for businesses and people to succeed.

“The strategy has a clear focus on our important town centres and business parks and will also retain the unique charm of our villages.”

To find out more about the new 2020 Economic Development Strategy visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk.

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