Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
15 October 2013
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To celebrate its first birthday, Start Up Woking partner organisations and new business owners attended the Woking Means Business exhibition last week (Wednesday 9 October 2013), held at the H. G. Wells Conference and Events Centre and attended by Woking Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Promoting the Local Economy, Cllr Gary Elson.
The event provided a networking opportunity for local businesses to present their products and services, and followed Woking Borough Council's bi-annual breakfast briefing, which enabled members of the business community to hear what the Council is doing to support the local economy. Topics focused on delivering Woking's vision and building a better Borough.
Speakers included Cllr John Kingsbury, the Leader of Woking Borough Council, as well as members of the Corporate Management Group - Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Council's Chief Executive and Douglas Spinks, Woking Borough Council's Deputy Chief Executive - as well as guest speaker Karen Gravestock, Head of Human Resources at WWF-UK, who revealed WWF's journey to relocate its head office to Brewery Road and why its future in Woking is looking so bright.
Start Up Woking is a free, business support one-stop-shop for ambitious entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Reinforced by a network of local professional organisations and expert advisors, Start Up Woking helps local people to get the most out of their business ideas and current commercial activities, and has already helped more than 150 businesses during its first year.
The scheme offers one-to-one advice for eligible Woking businesses at its monthly Start Up Woking Clinic. In addition, it hosts seminars on a range of essential topics for developing firms, as well as providing comprehensive online resources and personal advice to new companies.
Cllr Gary Elson, Portfolio Holder for Promoting the Local Economy, said: "Start Up Woking is a great success story for Woking and the local economy. In just 12 months, the scheme has supported over 150 fledgling firms, 20% of which have potential for rapid expansion. Some of these young firms are already using our new Connect 2 Innovation Incubator in Export House - which offers high quality offices and co-working space, advisory support and services for growth-focused businesses. The Start Up Woking programme is just part of the Council's strategy to develop a strong and diverse economy in Woking, and I look forward to further achievements being made next year, for the benefit of the whole community."
To find out more about the Start Up Woking programme, and other ways in which the Council is supporting businesses in the Woking area, please visit the Council's website for the business community in Woking, www.wokingworks.com where the presentation slides from the Working for Woking business breakfast event can also be viewed.
Alternatively, please call the Council's Economic Development Team on 01483 743487 for more information.