Surreys growth in 2014 hits 8%

County council leader David Hodge has pledged continued backing for business after new figures revealed Surrey’s economy grew by 8% in a year – outstripping the rest of the UK.

The amount Surrey generated for the nation’s economy climbed by £2.4 billion between 2011 and 2012 to more than £32bn, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That represented annual growth of more than 8% compared with the UK rate of 1.6% and Mr Hodge hailed the increase for being “the highest for any county, city or region in the country”.

County council growth-boosting initiatives include: