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Businesses offered cash incentive to hire 200 Surrey apprentices

Surrey County CouncilBusinesses will be offered a cash incentive to hire 200 apprentices in a Surrey County Council scheme welcomed by Skills Minister John Hayes.

Leader David Hodge used yesturday’s (17 July 12) meeting of the Full Council to announce the £300,000 scheme that will see employers handed £1,500 for every teenage apprentice taken on.

Surrey has targeted creating 200 apprenticeships for under-19s as part of its pledge to promote economic growth. That commitment has already seen county businesses win more than £740 million of 2012 Games related contracts and a promise for 60% of the council’s spending on goods and services to go to local firms.

Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister Mr Hayes said: “Apprenticeships have never been more vital. They are pivotal to our skills system and an essential part of our strategy for economic growth.

“I warmly welcome the initiative that Surrey County Council is taking to boost the growth of apprenticeships in Surrey.”

The council’s grant is in addition to the £1,500 the Government offers small and medium-sized businesses recruiting an apprentice up to the age of 24 as part of its aim of getting 40,000 young people into work.

Last year the county council successfully spearheaded a campaign to create 200 apprenticeships at Surrey businesses in 100 days and followed up by pledging to fill 100 apprentice places at the authority in a year.

Mr Hodge said: “This stimulus will help deliver not just a boost to these 200 young people but also offers real solutions to Surrey businesses.

“The Government’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers has been a really welcome boost for small and medium-sized businesses. We want to extend the reach of the programme to encourage more Surrey businesses to get involved.

“Under our new proposals all companies, of any size and with any past history with apprentices, will qualify for the Surrey grant. I believe this shows that without a doubt, we are 100% behind helping our young people and our local businesses.”

Businesses wanting to find out more can contact Chris Bussicott on 01483 519342 or email chris.bussicott@surreycc.gov.uk.


Community groups urged to bid for more than £350,000

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Surrey leader David Hodge visits The Shop at Strood Green that won £50,000 from the Community Improvements Fund

Groups have been urged to bid for a share of more than £350,000 still up for grabs for projects that make a difference to their communities.

There is £357,000 available from a fund created by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to improve local areas.

Originally £750,000 was earmarked for the pot of cash and this has been swelled to around £813,000.

A community cafe, a meals on wheels service and a scout hall were among the first 17 projects to win cash.

The Shop at Strood Green won £50,000 towards improving its community cafe and turning disused rooms into affordable home for a local family.

First Weybridge Scout Group received £21,280 to help renovate its hall and the Friends of St Andrew’s Box Hill Jubilee Kitchen Extension got £12,675 towards delivering more meals to older people at home.

The Surrey leader’s Community Improvements Fund is being run in tandem with the Love Where You Live campaign, which aims to encourage residents to volunteer and play a more active role to improve their communities.

Mr Hodge said: “There is still £357,000 available for projects that improve local areas, make a real difference to people’s lives and help residents to independently enhance where they live and I would urge community groups to get their applications in.

“All the projects that have already won cash are great examples of the county council and residents joining together to make Surrey an even better place to live and I’m looking forward to seeing even more groups get schemes off the ground that will be of lasting benefit to neighbourhoods.”

Bids can be made for between £10,000 and £50,000. The deadline for applications is 28 September. A panel of councillors will then draw up a shortlist for Mr Hodge to consider.

More details about the fund can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/communityimprovementsfund

Surrey Heath businesses make connections over Breakfast

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Geoff French, Councillor Moira Gibson and Councillor David Hodge)

Representatives from over 80 local businesses joined council officers and councillors at Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Business Breakfast event on Friday 24 February.

The meeting, which is held twice a year at The Camberley Theatre, invites businesses in the borough to sit down for breakfast and network with one another, whilst finding out new information and listening to guest speakers.

The first guest speaker was Geoff French, Chairman of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He explained that this LEP had been set up to bring the public and private sectors closer together, as well as highlighting the M3 Enterprise vision to be one of the premier locations in the country for enterprise and economic growth. The Enterprise M3 LEP covers 14 district areas over Surrey and Hampshire. More information is available from www.enterprisem3.org.uk

The second speaker was Leader of Surrey County Council, Councillor David Hodge. He stressed the importance of all 12 Surrey councils (including county, borough and district) working together in a “one team approach”.

Following the speeches, a question and answer session gave delegates the opportunity to raise any queries they had about what they had heard.

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Councillor Moira Gibson said: “Once again it has been a successful Business Breakfast. The event went very well and the delegates I spoke to afterwards found it useful.

“Teamwork was very much at the forefront of the meeting. I was pleased Geoff French was able to inform people of the importance of the Enterprise M3 LEP; similarly Councillor Hodge’s speech reiterated the importance of how the county council works with its boroughs and districts.”

The next meeting will take place at The Camberley Theatre on Friday September 28 2012 and businesses interested in attending or exhibiting should visit: http://www.surreyheath.gov.uk/business

Surrey County Council majority Conservative group elects new leader

David HodgeDavid Hodge has today (Friday 23 September) been elected as the new leader of the Conservative group at Surrey County Council, following Andrew Povey’s resignation as group leader.

Mr Hodge was overwhelmingly endorsed during a meeting of Conservative councillors at County Hall in Kingston.

He replaces Dr Andrew Povey as leader of the Conservative group. Dr Povey will continue to lead the county council until a meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 11 October elects a new county council leader.

Mr Hodge will be the Conservative group’s nomination as county council leader and given the party’s majority* is expected take over at the authority during the 11 October meeting.

Mr Hodge said: “It is an honour to be elected as leader of the Conservative group and I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Surrey as county council leader subject to the decision of the Full Council.

“Between now and then I will be developing my plans for the future of Surrey and I will announce my new Deputy Leader and Cabinet at the meeting should the meeting confirm me as leader.

“I would like to pay tribute to the work Andrew has done as leader. Through his hard work and that of his Cabinet colleagues the council has gone from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing our work to further improve the services we provide to residents.”

Dr Povey said: “I would like to congratulate David on his election as group leader. As Deputy Leader of the County Council he spearheaded many initiatives that have helped transform the county council.

“I am proud of what we have achieved and I will be working closely with David to ensure there is a smooth handover to him subject to the decision of Full Council.

“Over the past two years we have achieved so much and I am delighted that we can now say that our children’s services and adult social care department are among the most improved in the country. We have also been able to find annual savings of more than £4m in our highways services while still improving the speed and quality of road improvements and repairs.

“David should also be proud of the work he has done to find more than £90m of savings through our Public Value Review programme whilst maintaining the highest possible standard of service to residents.”