Business Events

Find out about events happening locally that are designed to benefit businesses in our borough.

Upcoming events

How to make your website win you more customers

  • Date: 15 October, 8am - 11am
  • Venue: Guildford Harbour Hotel, 3 Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Guildford GU1 3DA

Join Guildford Business Growth for a morning workshop at the Harbour Hotel in Guildford.

This event will suit entrepreneurs and business owners who are looking to accelerate the growth of their business by harnessing the power of their websites. 

You'll learn:

  • how the website has a different role at different stages of the buyer's journey
  • the psychology of buyers that makes them respond positively to different types of content
  • how to utilise the power of search engines to create a thriving website that works for you

This free event is from Guildford Business Growth, a free-of-charge dedicated business advice service available to all businesses in the borough, no matter how small or large, whether existing or start up. 

For more information, visit: 



Going Global in a Day Roadshow

Going global event
Going Global in a Day Roadshow will be back in Guildford on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October.

At Going Global in a Day, the Department for International Trade is flying to the UK over 35 in-market experts from more than 25 countries for three days.

This exclusive event offers SMEs the chance to pre-book free 20-minute meetings with some of the UK's biggest export markets, including the US, Germany, China, Canada, Singapore, Australia, South Korea, Norway, Mexico and many more.

Businesses will be able to build relationships, open doors and gain invaluable market insights on their products or services to boost their international sales in new export markets. Plus, they will have the chance to attend free seminars on exporting, including sessions on how to get their business ready for Brexit.

Please see for more information about this event. 



Guildford Innovation Awards 2019

Innovation Awards advertisement
Are you an innovative, forward-thinking business? Do you aim to inspire others with your products or technologies? Then the Guildford Innovation Awards have been designed to recognise you!

Open for entries until 31 October, this well-established annual event celebrates inspirational innovation across a spectrum of sectors in the borough - building upon the theme of supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths  (STEM) subjects.

The Awards are open to individuals, social enterprises and businesses located in the Guildford Borough to celebrate what Guildford does best!

To enter, go to our Guildford Innovation Awards page.



Past business events

Guildford Games Festival

Guildford Games Festival

The Guildford games community, supported by Guildford Borough Council, games trade body Ukie, the University of Surrey and Enterprise M3 LEP, attracted over 1,000 visitors to G Live on 28 and 29 June for the inaugural Guildford Games Festival.

The festival celebrated Guildford's talent by revealing the winners of the first Guildford Games Awards

The festival was opened by Anne Milton MP and Councillor Caroline Reeves, leader of Guildford Borough Council, gave a welcome address.

Over 40 industry-led panels and career workshops and more than 50 locally made games from 1987 to the modern day informed and entertained visitors, along with the Belong eSports arena, Club Minecraft and an industry charity fundraiser.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie said "Ukie are delighted that so many people, both locally and internationally, visited and supported the festival. It was particularly great to see so many families, schools, and colleges taking part in the careers sessions, or talking to developers about how games are created, as well as playing games made in Guildford.

"My hope is that some of our festival visitors go on to be the next generation of game makers, and they will be the catalyst for Guildford's next exciting, innovative chapter in its history."

Guildford is home to over 70 video game businesses, employing more than 1,500 people - 10% of the UK's game industry workforce - and is recognised as a UK epicentre for games development, publishing and technology. Key figures from the industry including Peter Molyneux (22 Cans), Sean Murray (Hello Games), and Siobhan Reddy (Media Molecule) were at the festival to demonstrate how, 30 years after the first UK video game studios were established here, Guildford's creative talent is a huge contributor to an $81bn global market. 

The festival organisers would like to thank the following for making the event possible: Guildford Borough Council - University of Surrey - Ukie - Enterprise M3 LEP - Supermassive Games - Wargaming UK - Liquid Crimson - Magic Notion - Etch Play - Ansible Communications - Playsport - Media Molecule - Rocket Lolly - Mojiworks - Polystream - Charles Russell Speechlys - G3 - RSM - nDreams - Rocket Desk



Mental health in the workplace

Promoting good mental health in the workplace was the theme of the Business South HR Event, held for the region's HR professionals and business leaders on 19 June.

The half-day session included discussions with leading employers on how they are tackling the issues in their workplace.

Speakers included mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin OBE and Neil Laybourn who work to raise awareness and understanding of mental health.

Business South Champions, Guildford Borough Council and Charles Russell Speechlys LLP were headline sponsors for the event.

'Effective planning for business growth' - seminar at Surrey Business Expo

Surrey Business Expo is a show for local companies to showcase their businesses. 

At the 2019 Expo, we held a seminar with speaker Ian Martin, an Enterprise M3 Growth Hub champion. 

With many years private sector experience, and currently as a business adviser to fast-growth companies in Surrey and Hampshire, Ian highlighted the key factors and top tips in managing and planning for the future growth of your business.



Enterprise M3 Brexit Clinic






Brexit Clinic

Guildford Borough Council supported this clinic, which took place on Friday 8 February.

The clinic offered small businesses scenario and risk assessments to help guide them through the challenges that Brexit presents. Topics included: HR and employing EU citizens; customs and tax implications; exporting and importing; regulations and standards.

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.