Federation Small Businesses Newsletter

Welcome to this week’s Surrey Bitesize Newsletter

It has been a tough 17 months and as we ease our way to economic recovery we would like to remind you of some FSB events conducted during and following lockdowns. In Surrey we spread our membership across two FSB Regions namely South Central and South East. Click here for reports from each of them for virtual networking with FSB in Surrey. 

East Surrey Peer to Peer Mentoring

Would you like to boost your confidence as a Business Leader and accelerate your business growth? Following the recent success of Peer to Peer Mentoring and our lobbying work with Coast to Capital LEP on your behalf, we are very pleased to announce this free of charge opportunity. The programme comprises confidential peer network meetings of up to 11 cohort members who meet monthly over a six month period. The programme is available to any SME business that has: 

  • Operated for at least 1 year
  • Has at least 5 employees (in the creative sector you can have 1 employee with 4 additional freelancers) 
  • An aspiration to improve

Ideally, participants should also have: 

  • The potential to scale up 
  • The ability or potential to export

If this sounds like the programme for you, please complete the application form link which is found  here, or Email for more details.


Surrey Virtual Networking
Friday  13 August – 11.45am for a 12noon start-1pm
Join us for virtual networking with FSB in Surrey. Hosted by local member Mike Gregory, our virtual networking breakout rooms have proven to be a huge success. Guest speaker this month is Stephen Finn with the presentation ‘5 Top Tips to Brand Yourself on LinkedIn’. Book here.

Surrey Virtual Networking
Friday  27 August – 11.45am for a 12noon start-1pm
Join us for virtual networking with FSB in Surrey. Hosted by local member Simon Palmer, this will be a dedicated networking session. We’ll have our popular breakout rooms, where the real networking magic happens. Book here.  

South Central Women in Business Networking
Tuesday 14 September – 9.30am-10.30am
These female focused events are a great option for those new to networking and looking for a friendly place to start, but also great for those with more networking experience who would like to grow their contacts within a community of inspiring women in business! These events are targeted at people from small businesses across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey and Thames Valley. Book your place here.

Support, Grow, Succeed – Skills for your Workforce
Friday 17 September – 12noon-2.30pm
Guildford Harbour Hotel, Guildford GU1 3DA
Alongside FSB, the Apprenticeship & Skills Hub are hosting an event to support local SMEs to grow their business through apprenticeships and skills options. This is a free event with lunch provided and limited spaces, so book your place with the Apprenticeship and Skills Hub early here. You will have the opportunity to network with other local business owners, meet the Apprenticeships and Skills hub team and meet local training providers who can discuss delivery and support of all apprenticeship training programmes.

Did you know you can book events through our new app? Find out more on our website.