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Business partners' events

Find out about events in the borough aimed at helping local businesses grow and become more productive.

Business South - HR seminar

Date: 25 April

Time: 8.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford GU2 7XZ

Cost: free

Join Business South for an informative and interactive seminar where HR representatives and business leaders from Guildford and across Surrey will come together to gain insights, share expertise and learn about their own and their employees' motivations in the workplace.

Recent statistics show that as few as one in three employees are engaged in their work. With increasing demand and pressure to reduce costs, while providing a good working environment to attract, motivate, develop and retain staff, there may never have been a more challenging time for employers.

With guest speakers from Hays, Skills for Business, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Brooklands College and Guildford Borough Council, this event will arm HR professionals with knowledge and insights such as:  

  • how to focus business leaders on engagement and motivation issues in the workplace

  • how to prioritise the things that employees and potential recruits value

  • understanding what tempts employees to change organisation

  • progress with the Apprenticeship Levy

  • a legal update for HR Professionals.  

In an interactive session, delegates will have the opportunity to better understand what their personal motivators are and how they may use this knowledge to work better with colleagues in the workplace. 

Join in open discussions, explore and share some creative thinking and gain insights.

The event is proudly sponsored by Guildford Borough Council and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Health and wellbeing in the workplace event

Date: 15 May

Time: 8.00am to 12pm

Venue: The Refectory (Seasons), Guildford Cathedral

Cost: £25 plus VAT


The modern workplace - thriving or surviving?

Surrey Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with Alliotts Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, are hosting an event offering an innovative look at health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The event, sponsored by Guildford Borough Council, features speakers with expertise in a variety of health and wellbeing areas including research, government, prevention, compliance, digital world resilience and more.

To find out more, visit: Surrey Chambers health and wellbeing in the workplace event

Venue address: The Refectory (Seasons), Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford GU2 7UP.

H&W event


Past business events

Guildford Roll of Honour Award

Cllr Nigel Manning, Mayor of Guildford, presented the Guildford Roll of Honour award to Professor Alf Adams, at a special ceremony at the Guildhall on Tuesday 12 September 2017.

During his 50 years at the University of Surrey, Professor Adams, a distinguished professor of physics, invented the strained-layer quantum well laser which helped to pave the way for many everyday technologies including bar codes and DVDs. He inspired generations of students, some of whom have gone on to become leading physicists, such as Professors Stephen Sweeney and Jim Al-Khalili.

The Mayor congratulated Professor Adams and said "We are very proud to support the Guildford Roll of Honour, which recognises the contribution of innovation, growth and development to our borough by exceptional individuals. Those who receive the award are role models for the inventors, business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future."

A joint venture between the University of Surrey and Guildford Borough Council, the Roll of Honour Award was attended by Professor Max Lu, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, and James Whiteman, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council.

Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates a small number of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the economic wealth, social well-being or the artistic culture of Guildford and the surrounding region.


Pictured above, from left to right: Professor Max Lu Professor Alf Adams, Cllr Nigel Manning Mayor of Guildford, and James Whiteman.