Past events

Please take a look at some of our previous events.

Seeking Quality Contractors and Subcontractors for Work Opportunities in Surrey

14th November 2013

This event followed a different structure to previous events and, although it included much shorter presentations, the focus this time was on the networking opportunities.


95 delegates and 20 exhibitors participated in the third Build Surrey event:

Amber Miller
Churches NAS
Constructionline Osborne
CoTrain Rosebery Housing
Europa Surrey CC Trading Standards
Exor Surrey County Council Youth Services and Employability
ISG Surrey County Council Property Maintenance
ITC Concepts Thomas Sinden
Kier Transform Housing
Mansell Woking Borough Council


Ross Duguid, Senior Category Manager, Surrey County Council and Chair of Build Surrey opened the event and was followed by 3 guest speakers whose presentations focussed on work opportunities and how to best to place yourself to win that work.

Peter Beasley
Maintenance Delivery Manager
Surrey County Council
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Léonie Chettle
Operations Director
Rosebery Housing Association
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Andrea Cannon
Director of Client Strategy & Delivery
Transform Housing & Support
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The change of focus was very well received and the feedback outline below demonstrates this.

Delegates were asked to score the overall value of the event from 0-8 (8 being the highest). 83% of attendees scored this event at a 6 or higher. Of the exhibitors that attended 75% gave a value score of 6 or more.

Overall, feedback suggested that the main objective of this event, to promote networking opportunities for buyers and contractors, was achieved with 73% of the delegates saying that the main benefit was the networking opportunity that was provided. This is further evidenced with exhibitors reporting that, collectively, they made well over 160 new contacts.


Whats's next?

The next event for Build Surrey will be it’s Annual Construction Marketplace which will take place on the 18th March 2014 at the Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Invitations will be issued very soon.

Winning Supply Chain Work


Build Surrey: Winning Supply Chain Work Event 06.06.2013

The second Build Surrey event provided suppliers and contractors in the construction and built environment industries with information about forthcoming work packages and an opportunity for networking.

Over 100 delegates attended “Winning Supply Chain Work” held at the H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre in Woking on 6th June.

Ross Duguid, Senior Category Manager - Surrey County Council and Chair of Build Surrey, welcomed delegates. He spoke about the Build Surrey website, explained how the council were engaging with suppliers and how work packages are being issued.

Five key speakers explained how they are engaging with suppliers in Surrey, spoke about forthcoming projects and how working with the supply chain can ensure they are best prepared for a share of these works:

Peter Beasley – Maintenance Delivery Manager - Surrey County Council
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Fred Mills – Procurement Manager – Osborne
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Steve McCloskey – Procurement Manager - Waverley District Council
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Jenny Hong – Project Manager – Mansell
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Derek Rees – CoTrain
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Exhibitors and delegates alike were very positive as the event set the tone for improved working relationships going forward.



Delegates who completed a feedback form gave the event an overall satisfaction score of 79%. Many commented that they now had a better understanding of the procurement process and some requested support to help them improve their partnering potential. Importantly, 132 future contacts with main contractors were arranged during the event.

Other feedback related to how events like these provide a welcome mechanism for them to get face to face with the construction procurers, requesting more networking time at future events.

Going forward, Build Surrey will continue to work on engaging local businesses through a series of networking events and via Build Surrey. The website provides local businesses with an opportunity to demonstrate to procurers what they can offer and upload information, testimonials and images of work they have undertaken in the past.

Surrey County Council is committed to helping Surrey-based businesses win work in order to retain a greater proportion of planned spend in the local economy and the Build Surrey network will help achieve this.


The next Build Surrey event will take place on Thursday 14th November 2013.

Keep your eye on the website so you don't miss out.


Launch event

Build Surrey: Launch Event 07.02.2013

The Build Surrey construction/built environment network got off to a flying start at the launch event at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday the 7th. Over 350 delegates came along on the day and already more than 250 companies have registered on the website to become network members. With over £100m of construction and civil engineering related work packages to suit all sizes of company available in Surrey during 2013, we anticipate that the Build Surrey network will continue to grow rapidly, especially as Surrey County Council aims to ensure that at least 60% of all their construction and civil engineering funding is awarded to Surrey based businesses. 

The event was opened by Peter Martin, Deputy Leader of the County Council who said:

“Build Surrey is a real demonstration of investment into the communities in which we work. We are helping local businesses to improve their understanding and ability to meet client and main contractor selection requirements so they have a better opportunity to work in the supply chains today and in the future. Surrey County Council is keen for as many local businesses to secure work for the public sector and is proud to be involved in Build Surrey”


Over the next few hours, delegates introduced themselves to the network buyers and support partners to find out how they can access work and where the opportunities are likely to lie ,whilst initiating new working relationships with the buyers and other delegate companies.

Delegates gave very positive feedback about the event and most commented on the ability to meet so many buyers face-to-face in such a short period of time as well as the quality of support, membership, accreditation and apprentice information. The organisers were surprised by the high number of delegates who said that they benefited from networking with other suppliers which bodes well for Build Surrey as the network grows. However, the focus was on getting to know the 35 Exhibitors who on average, met 47 delegates giving an estimated total of 1645 meetings in just 4 hours!

It was clear from the Exhibitor feedback that the network will have a positive impact for local businesses as these comments show:

“The focus of this event provides us with exactly what has been missing in Surrey.”
“We have met some sub-contractors that will strengthen our Surrey supply chain offering. We have also met some innovative suppliers that we will pursue.”
“It was an excellent opportunity for us to engage with potential subcontractors based in Surrey.”.
“Networking opportunities were great, a lot of future business was discussed & meetings arranged.”
“Great new business leads.”

This event has given the new network the perfect start and we look forward to seeing these new relationships develop and grow. As we go forward, Surrey County Council will be actively looking to engage more buyer partners and encouraging many more local businesses to join Build Surrey.

What's next?

Come to an event dedicated to Apprenticeships and work experience opportunities at Dorking Halls Tuesday 5 March 2013 10am-1pm.

Details can be found at


The next Build Surrey event will take place on Thursday 6 June 2013.

Keep your eye on the website so you don't miss out.


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