About Surrey

Surrey covers 1,600km2 and is situated in the heart of southern England.  It is home to a resident population of 1.1m and is a sought-after location that offers an enviable lifestyle.  The county is recognised as a powerhouse of the British economy and provides the largest net contribution to the UK Government after London - some £6 billion a year.  

Surrey boasts the largest and most diverse concentration in the UK of the world’s leading headquarters for knowledge industries, information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology and advanced engineering, outside London. Serviced office and business park developments provide state-of-the-art accommodation for small to medium-sized businesses and corporates alike and companies enjoy access to a large pool of potential employees, with more than ten million people living within one hour’s travel.  Many people who might otherwise commute to work in London are persuaded to adopt an easier journey to work at a location that is often nearer their home.

Surrey enjoys multi-modal connectivity with the UK and international business destinations.  The proximity of Heathrow and Gatwick airports creates access to global markets and technological skills which are driving strong rates of economic growth compared with other parts of the UK. The county is less than 20 miles from central London and at the hub of a major travel network. Its road, rail and air links ensure UK, European and global markets are easily accessible. That said, much of the county is part of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a nationally important landscape of ancient woodland, chalk downland and heathland, including sites of special scientific interest.


Surrey is home to the headquarters of some of the UK's most successful firms:

  • Electronic Arts
  • ExxonMobil
  • Friends Life plc
  • KBR
  • Pfizer
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Unilever