Woking Borough Council has giving its backing to the Surrey Digital Awards 2016.
The local authority will sponsor the “Blog: Business” category at SDA16, which takes place at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre in Woking on March 10.
The Surrey Digital Awards is the first and only scheme exclusively dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.
Woking Borough Council takes a proactive approach to supporting and engaging with businesses using a range of digital media platforms to communicate with its audience.
Andy Pritchard, from the Surrey Digital Awards team, revealed that he was “thrilled” to have Woking Borough Council onboard.
“This is great news for everyone involved and it is being held at HG Wells which is a superb venue at the heart of the borough,” he remarked.
“Woking boasts an extremely proactive business team at the Council and it’s great to be working with them.”
In 2012 Woking Borough Council launched Woking Works, an information portal for the borough’s business community, which offers advice on matters such as funding applications, skills training and networking.
Woking Works is a collaboration between the Council, local businesses, organisations and Surrey Chambers of Commercee, the “Key Supporter” of SDA16.
It also provides 1-2-1 advice clinics for start-up businesses and hosts a calendar of events including the annual Working for Woking Breakfast Briefing.
The website www.wokingworks.com outlines the reasons people should consider Woking as a place to do business.
Ten reasons why Woking should move from your shortlist to location of choice:
1. Unrivalled connectivity to London and the UK – a 23 minute rail connection to London Waterloo
2. Ease of global travel – Woking is situated almost equidistant to Heathrow and Gatwick
3. An intelligent local economy – Woking has the 10th highest knowledge sector concentration in the UK (from 388 locations, UK Competitiveness Index 2010)
4. With no fewer than 8 higher education institutions locally, 45% of Woking’s population is qualified to NVQ level 4 and above (12% above the UK average)
5. 50 per cent of the people living in Woking work in managerial, professional and technical occupations, (7% above the UK average)
6. Woking is central to the Guildford, Woking and Aldershot Travel to Work Area – the 14th largest labour market in the UK
7. Around 750,000 sq ft of grade A office and industrial space available, in planning or under construction
8. Town centre investment – an unprecedented £250m programme of investment in new public realm, retail and restaurant amenity is well underway
9. Modern, sustainable living – Residents enjoy the benefits of living in modern Surrey, one of the UK’s most affluent and desirable locations
10. One of the ‘greenest’ Boroughs in the UK, Woking has Beacon Status for adoption of sustainable energy and tackling climate change, and leads on the application of innovative transport and energy initiatives