Well connected Woking
Woking Works can help you forge connections within the Borough. We are your link to Woking Borough Council's Business Liaison Team, key local businesses, independent expert advisors and other local business organisations. Everything's connected in a way that best supports the companies that decide to call Woking home.
Are you setting up a business in Woking? You'll be joining major companies such as Asahi, McLaren, WWF and the Ambassador Theatre Group who have made the town their base and relish in its offerings. We work alongside business giants and industry leaders including Natwest and Arcom IT , Hamlyns Chartered Accountants and Barlow Robbins Solicitors. Our partnerships with Enterprise M3 Growth Hub, Woking Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and the Woking Asian Business Forum provide free expert advice, business services, and support to growing companies.
According to the latest report by the Inform Direct Review of Company Formations, using data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics, SURREY registered 11,997 new businesses last year, an 8.7% increase on the 11,032 formed in 2019. Woking is seventh in the table of 11 Surrey districts covered by the research, with 1,034 new companies formed in 2020. Surrey Heath was two places below Woking with 803 new companies formed.
Commenting on the figures, Richard Field, president of the Woking Chamber of Commerce, said: “Woking has always had a high proportion of entrepreneurs, and for many being made redundant was the ‘starting pistol’ to setting up in business for themselves.
“Through the Woking Chamber of Commerce there is now a huge amount of free advice and support for any start-up business. This is very much needed as over 20% fail in their first year of trading. “It’s encouraging to know that there has never been more help and advice available to local businesses than there is now. “Stepping out on your own takes real courage in this current climate, but as some have told me, ‘If I don’t do it now, when will I get another chance?’
“Woking is still seen as a business hub of Surrey, and having more than a thousand new businesses register last year confirms that.