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Rural economy

Guildford - the natural capital of business and enterprise.

Because it is located in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Borough of Guildford's rural economy offers unrivalled opportunities to grow strong and sustainable businesses surrounded by the natural capital of Guildford's countryside.

These businesses may be in traditional heritage industries or are hi-tech start-up enterprises - but all will play a vital role in maintaining, developing and preserving the Surrey countryside as the working landscape it has been throughout human history.

Balancing the competing - and sometimes conflicting - needs of different public interests has led Guildford Borough Council to develop its own rural economic strategy, starting with the appointment of a full-time Rural Economy Officer. Covering key economic drivers such as access, broadband, diversification, grant funding, infrastructure, planning, productivity and skills, our new Rural Economic Strategy will lay the foundations for organic and harmonious growth of the local communities around Guildford.

To achieve this we are working with parish councils, rural community groups, landowners and other strategic partners to meet the needs of businesses and entrepreneurs wishing to develop sustainable ideas that will bring 21st century innovation and opportunity to support and complement established working villages.