Surrey in the Region
In order to meet the needs of the residents and businesses of Surrey the county council works with a number of partners across Surrey and the South East region.
Key regional partners and organisations:
- Surrey County Council is represented on the boards of the Coast to Capital LEP and the Enterprise M3 LEP. Coast to Capital includes Epsom & Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge. Enterprise M3 covers the rest of the county, including Elmbridge, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Waverley and Woking.
- Surrey County Council is also represented on Surrey Connects, an independent, business-led economic development company. Surrey Connects and Surrey County Council are working jointly to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment into Surrey. See Invest in Surrey for more information.
- Surrey County Council is a member of South East Strategic Leaders (SESL), a body which includes county and unitary local authorities in the South East. SESL delivers a programme of joint policy development and lobbying.
- South East England Councils (SEEC) represents most local authorities in the South East and aims to promote the interests of local authorities in the region.
- The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business-led private/ public sector partnership, which aims to take the economic performance of the sub-region from good to excellent
- The Greater London Authority (GLA) is a strategic authority with a London-wide role, which supports the London Assembly and Mayor of London. As a neighbouring authority Surrey engages with London boroughs and the GLA on policies of mutual interest. The London Plan is the overall strategic plan for London. It sets out the economic, environmental, social and transport framework for the development of London up to 2031.
Other partner websites:
- Department for Communities and Local Government is the central Government department which sets policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue services.
- Department for Business Innovation and Skills is the central Government department which sets policy on all areas to do with the economy, from skills and higher education, to innovation and science, and business and trade.
- South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) closed on 31 March 2012. Many of its functions passed to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
- The South East England Partnership Board closed on 30 July 2010. It was responsible for regional planning and the production of a Regional Strategy, a duty that the coalition Government abolished. The South East England Partnership Board website has been archived and contains material related to its former functions.
- The Government Office Network has now closed. Most of the functions that were undertaken by Government Office South East (GOSE) have been transferred to the relevant Government departments.
- The Innovation and Growth Teams (IGTs) provided business support for companies in the region that had the potential to innovate and grow. The two IGTs which covered Surrey: West Surrey & North East Hampshire IGT and the Gatwick Diamond & West Sussex IGT closed on 31 August 2011.
- Surrey County Council was a partner in the Surrey Infrastructure Capacity Project, a three-year countywide project which sought to help Surrey prepare for and manage projected growth and associated development.