Economic Development

Local school careers advisors need you!

Winchester City Council’s Economy and Arts team are meeting with careers advisors from local schools and colleges to provide a link with local employers.

Careers advisors are keen to improve the employability of their pupils and would like to work with local businesses who could help with practice interviews, providing work experience opportunities and mentoring students at risk of becoming NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

If you can help with any of the above please contact Laura Morrell, Economy and Arts Apprentice, at

Wheels to work

Aged 16 and over and need help getting to training, interviews or your place of work? You might be eligible for the low-cost moped hire Wheels to Work scheme.

To find out more about the Wheels to Work Scheme visit Hampshire County Council's website.

Find out about how the scheme can help you via YouthTube or listen to an audio interview to hear how the scheme has benefitted them.


Secret of the South’s Economic Success - it’s a Magnet for Talent

In a recent quality of life survey by Halifax plc, the South East of England dominates the annual list, with Hampshire emerging as one of the ‘best places to live in the UK’, with 7 of the top ranked 50 Districts being in the county, and Winchester, Hampshire’s historic cathedral city, has been named the ‘Best Place to Live in Britain’ by the Sunday Times. Download the full article below.


Providing benefits to the Armed Forces Community

Worthy Down Garrison and Winchester City Council are encouraging local businesses to provide benefits to the Armed Forces Community as part of the Armed Forces Covenant. Benefits could include:

• supporting the employment of veterans young and old
• supporting the employment of service spouses and partners
• offering a degree of flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
• supporting employees who chose to be members of the Reserve forces
• offering a discount to the members of the Armed Forces Community
If you are interested in finding out more about how you could help please contact Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cox AGC(SPS), Worthy Down Support Unit | Bld 10, Worthy Down, Winchester, Hants, SO21 2RG | Mil: 94271 2295 | Civil: 01962 887295 | e-mail:


Independent Retailers study for Winchester City Centre

Consultants The Retail Group have presented the findings of their independent retailers healthcheck to the businesses in Winchester city centre.  You can download their presentation below. 


Business Charter

Winchester City Council's Charter for Business was launched in June 2013.  You can download the charter below to find out more about the Council's commitment to the business community.



You can gain valuable work experience and help your local community by volunteering.  Whether you are employed, running your own business or looking for work, volunteering is a great way to share and develop your skills, and help other people at the same time.


Recent projects

  • For several years running Winchester has been awarded Purple Flag status in recognition that it offers visitors an entertaining and safe night out.
  • Please see the presentation about Winchester Markets
  • Better Business For All 
  • The District's economic strategy is currently being refreshed