Get to know Surrey

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer

“I can speak from experience when I say that the region’s reputation as a centre for innovation and its unrivalled quality of life makes it incredibly attractive to talent from across Britain and the world.

Leaders of the many multinational businesses who have made the region their home speak proudly of the benefits of being based here.

For them – and for me – Surrey stands as a beacon of innovation, creativity, and economic vitality.”

Easy International Access

Surrey and the South-East has the highest number of foreign owned businesses operating anywhere in the UK.

Strategically located near London and its major airports, Surrey offers unparalleled connectivity, blending vibrant business opportunities with exceptional quality of life.

Surrey’s access to international travel and it’s enviable amount of green space makes Surrey first choice for internationally minded businesses locating and relocating in the UK.

Infrastructure

Unrivalled quality of life

Surrey is able to offer business owners and their staff an enriched location through it’s unrivalled quality of life.

Surrey, the UK’s greenest region and a top destination for quality living. Our commitment to sustainability and net-zero goals aligns with a skilled workforce eager to join eco-conscious businesses. Choose Surrey for a harmonious blend of business growth and exceptional living standards.

Living in Surrey

Talented People

In Surrey, you’re at the heart of academic excellence with three world-class universities, a renowned research park, and the world’s leading university incubator.

This unique ecosystem nurtures the skills and expertise of tomorrow’s workforce, ensuring your business has access to the brightest minds.

Our exceptional connectivity, unmatched quality of life, and diverse international business landscape attract top-tier talent from across the globe.

Innovation & Skills

Surrey Skills Plan

Our vision is for a dynamic, demand led skills system which hones Surrey’s leading edge, recognises the needs of all businesses and maximises inclusion, whilst powering economic growth across the UK

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Surrey at a glance

Surrey Values Business

In Surrey, we value your business. The Invest in Surrey team is on hand to provide location support and guidance to businesses considering investing, setting up, or growing in the region. We'll provide you with a single point of contact to support you through your journey in Surrey.

For businesses of scale, we are able to work on land assembly and bespoke development on the basis of a pre-let and long-term lease. Surrey is a desirable place to do business and we'll do all we can to help you choose Surrey.

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Testimonials

Andrew Smith OBE

Corporate Affairs Director - Pinewood Studios Group
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Andrew Smith OBE

Corporate Affairs Director - Pinewood Studios Group

“For almost 90 years, Shepperton Studios has been fortunate to call Surrey home. Located just outside of London, Surrey and Spelthorne where the Studio is located, has consistently provided us with access to a wealth of creative talent and innovative resources. Surrey is a hub for the creative industry and offers a unique base for businesses and individuals within inspirational surroundings.

Its close proximity to London means that we have the best of both worlds – access to a thriving metropolis while also being able to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of a more rural setting and an abundance of filming locations. Overall, we believe that Surrey is an ideal location for companies looking to tap into the creative talent and innovative resources that the county has to offer. We are proud to call Surrey home and to be a part of its thriving business community.”

Yvonne Spencer

Director of Science Transformation - Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
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Yvonne Spencer

Director of Science Transformation - Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

“The Animal and Plant Health Agency’s headquarters and specialist science site is based in Surrey. There is a wealth of local bioveterinary sciences talent and high quality education, universities and innovation centres.

These resources are invaluable, providing access to a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to build our world leading animal health and disease control capability. The range of opportunities, connectivity and environment in Surrey is also a major draw for our employees, making it a great place for us.”

Jean Launberg

Strategy & Business Director - Gordon Murray Design
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Jean Launberg

Strategy & Business Director - Gordon Murray Design

“Gordon Murray Group are a leading car manufacturer and mobility engineering consultancy, which has been in Surrey from its inception and growth phase, and we are thrilled to have committed to Surrey as the location for our new headquarters, brand new car factory, and all-new Technology Centre at the new under-construction campus at Windlesham. There were several reasons why we chose to stay and grow in Surrey, including its green credentials, high quality of life, and access to global markets.

One of the main reasons we chose Surrey was its commitment to sustainability and the environment. As a car designer and manufacturer, sustainability is a top priority for us and we wanted to be in a location that shared our values. Surrey has a strong track record when it comes to environmental initiatives and we were impressed by the efforts the local community has taken to reduce its carbon footprint. Many environmentally-focused measures are being incorporated into the new campus under construction.

In addition to its green credentials, Surrey also offers a high quality of life for our employees. The region has a diverse population, excellent schools and healthcare facilities, and a wide range of recreational activities. We believe that our employees will continue to thrive in this supportive and welcoming community. As we inboard new people – myself included – from the UK, and from other countries and world regions, their feedback re-emphasizes that Surrey is an outstanding place to live.

Finally, Surrey’s location makes it an ideal place for us to do business. It is conveniently located near major transportation hubs, which will allow us to easily access global markets; it also has a highly educated talent pool, and first-class supporting services. We are confident that our new headquarters in Surrey will be a major asset for our company, and our clients, as we continue to grow and expand.”

Mike McNicholas

Managing Director, Infrastructure - Atkins Global
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Mike McNicholas

Managing Director, Infrastructure - Atkins Global

“Today Atkins is a global engineering consultancy with offices and clients around the world, working in all areas of the built environment. But our roots are firmly in Surrey where we started our growth from our Epsom home, helping to re-build the country following the second world war.

It remained our home and most recently we moved into a new state-of-the-art office in the town, designed by our own highly skilled team, which has played a key role in attracting new, talented people to the business most recently.

Being a business in Surrey has many benefits, and has certainly played a role in the success of the business over the decades. We remain committed to our position here for decades to come.”

Tim Wates

Director - Wates Group
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Tim Wates

Director - Wates Group

“As a leading family-owned built environment specialist and developer, the Wates Group considers the long-term environmental impact of all the projects we work on and the buildings we design, build, and maintain. Our sector-leading targets in moving towards being a Net Zero operator not only contribute to a healthier planet, but also help us stand out in a competitive industry.

We believe that Surrey is a great location for companies like ours, as the county is rich in innovation and talent. The access to these resources, combined with the high quality of living in the area, makes Surrey an ideal place for us to thrive.

We highly recommend Surrey as a location for any company looking to not only succeed, but also make a positive impact on the world.”

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