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Business events

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

Past events

Guildford Town Centre Forum Meeting

The Guildford Town Centre online forum meeting was held on Thursday 9 July at 9am, via Microsoft Teams.

Aimed at retailers and business owners, it looked at how businesses can be helped as the town centre reopens following the Covid-19 lockdown.

A number of people were available to answer questions, including council officers, and staff from Experience Guildford, Surrey County Council and Pub Watch.

The aim of the meeting was to help ensure that Guildford town centre can return to being a vibrant, thriving county town as soon as is safe and possible.

Economic breakfast briefing and council tax consultation for 2020 to 2021

This event took place on Thursday 16 January 2020 and included presentations by:

  • Claire Morris, Director of Finance, Guildford Borough Council on Guildford Borough Council's budget for 2020 to 2021.
  • Jonathan Compton, Senior Partner, DMH Stallard on effectively managing disputes in an uncertain economic and political climate.
  • Marcus Wright, Senior Economist, NatWest on the state of the nation, an economic overview.

Guildford Innovation Awards 2019

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The awards celebrate innovation across a spectrum of sectors in the borough - building upon the theme of supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths  (STEM) subjects.




How to make your website win you more customers

Guildford Business Growth's morning workshop at the Harbour Hotel in Guildford took place on 15 October 2019.

Aimed at entrepreneurs and business owners  looking to accelerate the growth of their business by harnessing the power of their websites, the event looked at how websites have a different role at different stages of the buyer's journey

It examined the psychology of buyers and what makes them respond positively to different types of content and how to utilise the power of search engines to create a thriving website.

The event was organised by 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. 


Going Global in a Day Roadshow

Going global event
Going Global in a Day Roadshow returned to Guildford on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019.

This event offered 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.

Businesses had the chance to build relationships and gain invaluable market insights on their products or services to help boost their sales in new export markets. The event included free seminars on exporting and sessions on how to get a business ready for Brexit.


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 2019 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 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. 

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 2019.

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.


Brexit Clinic

Guildford Borough Council supported this clinic, which took place on Friday 8 February 2019.

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.