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Claire’s Column – South East Shows Healthy Job Growth

Published on: 29 Nov, 2018
Updated on: 29 Nov, 2018

In this regular column – a must-read for all those interested in Guildford business – Claire Dee praises growth in the region.

Recent data from the BBC shows that the South East of England is one of the fastest growing regions for job growth.

The figures reveal that the South East saw a 9% increase in jobs from 2007-2017. Second only to London which saw a 35% increase in the same period. The North East saw the lowest increase at 2.5%.

The fact that London and the South East lead will come as no surprise. People are drawn to the capital because of its thriving economy and eclectic mix of businesses. And as their careers and personal lives grow and develop, many of them (myself included) seek a quieter pace of life outside of the city but still a commutable distance away. Surrey and Guildford being prime spots.

According to Invest in Surrey, Surrey has a £39 billion economy and is renowned for its high employment rates, skilled workforce, and burgeoning business base. Which makes it a location of choice for some of the UK’s largest corporations, including BP and McLaren, and more than 60,000 SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises).

Guildford is a major player in this. Not just because of its size but because of its diversity. The town is a hub for both traditional and innovative new industries. From financial and legal services, and learning and tourism, to advanced manufacturing and gaming. Where else can you find Allianz Insurance and Electronic Arts as near neighbours?

Fundamentally, the good news is that our region, county, and town continue to thrive, not just survive. Despite all the noise around Brexit. Ah, I’ve said it, the ‘B’ word. On that note, let’s stay positive and see what 2019 brings…

To find out more about the BBC’s Shared Data Unit findings click here.

Claire Dee runs her own communications consultancy near Guildford and is an active member of the local business community, including sitting on the Surrey Chambers of Commerce board and co-chairing the Business Women in Surrey group. To learn more visit

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