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Economic briefing for businesses

The economic briefing for businesses, to include the Council Tax consultation with business for 2017-2018, took place on 12 January 2017.

Organised by our Economic Development Team, the event was held at our Millmead Offices and opened by Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council.

Cllr Spooner welcomed attendees before Sue Sturgeon, Managing Director, presented Guildford Borough Council's budget for 2017-2018.

Economic briefing for business 12 Jan 2017 Guest speakers at this well attended event included Grant Goodall from Lloyds Commercial Banking and Rob Lewtas from the Department for International Trade.

Looking back over 2016, Grant highlighted the major events which will have financial implications for business in  2017. Topics discussed included inflation, sterling, growth prospects and challenges for the UK economy.

The benefits of exporting was the main theme of Rob's presentation. While he touched on the typical barriers and challenges for exporters, he also outlined the services and support available from the Department for International Trade.

A question and answer session followed the presentations.

To hear about future events of interest to local businesses, please email business@guildford.gov.uk or call the business team on 01483 444313 for more information.

(Pictured above: Sue Sturgeon, Cllr Paul Spooner, Grant Goodall, Rob Lewtas, Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager)