Economy Watch - the impact of a second lockdown
The first lockdown had a significant and disproportionate impact on our area, with our economy tracking a predicted 15% to 17% fall in output as a result. Our economic forecasts predicted a further potential fall in output by 26% under a second lockdown scenario. We are still taking stock of the impact and we will continue to gather intelligence from businesses to share with Government.
Contact our Growth Hub team for business support today through the Growth Hub Contact Form.
Peer Networks - still time to register
Peer Networks is a free national peer-to-peer networking programme for small business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.
Delivered locally by our Growth Hub, in partnership with MDHUB, the newly launched programme creates diverse cohort groups of individuals to collaboratively work through common business issues.
Check out our briefing podcast and register your interest here.
Skills Strategy & Action Plan Launch
We are delighted to invite you to join us for the virtual launch of the newly published Skills Strategy and Action Plan on Thursday 3 December, 2:00pm - 3:30pm. The event will provide an opportunity to hear from our Chair Julie Kapsalis, and Skills 360 Board Chair Frances Rutter, as well as chance to learn more about the Skills Strategy and Action Plan, including the priorities for the Skills 360 Board and proposed short and long term activities. Register below.
Gatwick station works take off
A milestone on Gatwick Airport's huge new railway station concourse was reached this month as the first train arrived at one of the platforms that has been rebuilt.
We contributed £10 million Local Growth Funding towards the project. The station has seen many changes already this year, including the closure of platform 7 and now its return, while demolition work will soon begin on the footbridge and platforms 5 and 6, which are now out of service. All this is working towards the creation of a much bigger, brighter and better station, with much improved accessibility for passengers, all by 2023.
Next Steps event for Surrey students
Next Steps Surrey virtual event gives GCSE students and their parents/carers a chance to find out more about their next steps. It will allow them to 'meet' local education providers, find out more about apprenticeships and hear from employers. There will be two events on Tuesday 24 November. Between 1.30pm and 3:00pm students can chat with representatives from colleges, sixth forms, universities, apprenticeship providers and employers. The event will run again in the evening for parents and carers between 6:00pm and 7.30pm.
Case Study: Posture People
Our Growth Hub recently published a case study showcasing support provided to Posture People.
Jo Blood, Director of Posture People said:
"After the peer-to-peer mentoring, I'm now confident in my ability to manage my business. I always felt a little bit of an impostor beforehand. I now have the knowledge that we are a well-run company."
Read the full case study here.