Business Events

Find out about events organised by our Economic Development Team that aim to help local businesses thrive.

Enterprise M3 Brexit Clinic






Brexit Clinic

Are you worried about how Brexit could impact your business?

Get your business Brexit-ready with free advice from a panel of experts at a Brexit Business Clinic.

Clinic date and time

Guildford Borough Council is supporting the clinic, which takes place on:

Friday 8 February, from 9am to 1pm.

Venue: The Guildhall, Guildford High Street, Guildford GU1 3AA.

This clinic will support your small business with scenario and risk assessments to guide you through the challenges that Brexit presents. Topics will include:

  • HR and employing EU citizens

  • Customs and tax implications

  • Exporting and importing

  • Regulations and standards

Expert panel

Stuart Chapman, EU Exit Business Readiness and Intelligence Directorate, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Providing the latest state of play in negotiations).

Richard Morley, Grant Thornton (Discussing the four pillars of customs compliance).

Adam Williams, DMH Stallard (Discussing HR and immigration issues around Brexit).

Danny Langley, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Discussing industrial goods regulations and standards).

Ian Martin, Enterprise M3 Growth Hub (Discussing scenario planning and risk assessment around Brexit).

Sarah Butcher, Surrey Chambers of Commerce (event host).

How to book

Secure your place for the opportunity to hear updates, ask questions, and have one-to-one sessions with expert panel members: or email: (Limited places available.)

First Steps to Public Speaking

Business South invites public speaking novices in Guildford to start public speaking!

Your presentation may be polished to perfection, your Business Plan is burnished and buffered to the point of brilliance. But what happens next?

The next step is presenting to potential customers, an audience or perhaps to a dragon's den? With those beautifully crafted words counting for just 7% of your message how can you and your team prepare?

At this session we help build these important business skills with our guest speaker Ges Ray from Speaking in Public, combining experience gained in commercial roles with a lifetime of public speaking and presenting. If you're a beginner or looking for some useful tips this interactive introductory session is geared to helping attendees build their confidence in the art of public speaking.

If you're a beginner or looking for some useful tips this interactive introductory session is geared to helping attendees build their confidence in the art of public speaking.

The event also provides an opportunity for individuals to meet with similar, like-minded professionals in a structured but friendly and informal environment.

Time and date

Tuesday 12 March from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

Venue: Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, One London Square, Cross Lanes, Guildford, GU1 1UN.

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Past business events

Economic briefing and Council Tax consultation with business for 2019-2020 event

On Thursday 17 January we hosted an economic briefing for local businesses at the Guildford Harbour Hotel.

The event was very well attended and included our budget for 2019-2020 and a Council Tax consultation with business.

Representatives from local businesses and business support organisations were invited to attend.

Speakers at the event included:

  • Claire Morris, Director of Finance, Guildford Borough Council: 'Guildford Borough Council's budget for 2019-2020 and Council Tax consultation with business.'

  • Tim Metson, Coverwood Lakes, Gardens and Farm: 'How to build a successful business in a rural environment.'

  • Mark Berrisford-Smith, Head of Economics for HSBC UK: 'The outlook for the economy and financial markets for 2019.'

Business Breakfast event 2019

From left to right: Cllr Paul Spooner, Mark Berrisford-Smith, Claire Morris, Tim Metson and Chris Burchell.