Economic Development

  • Winchester Business Excellence Awards 

    Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2018 are now open!

    Green Business of the Year
    Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2017

    The 2018 annual Winchester Business Excellence Awards are now open for entry from businesses located in the Winchester District.

    Each award is open for entries until Friday 23 February, with businesses able to nominate award-worthy organisations or enter the awards themselves.    

    The awards scheme will culminate in a spectacular award ceremony, taking place on Friday 1 June in Winchester’s beautiful Guildhall. The event has long been recognised as a key date in the business calendar of the district, and those companies lucky enough to be become a finalist will receive two tickets to the awards ceremony and dinner.

    For more information, please visit the Winchester Business Excellence Awards website at or follow @WinchBizAwards on Twitter.                                                              

    The awards are organised by The Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester Business Improvement District and kindly sponsored by Simplyhealth.  Winchester City Council has sponsored a brand new award category for 2018: the Digital Innovation Award.

  • Community Events Toolkit

    Winchester City Council’s Market Towns' Development Officer has put together this useful guide for community organisations planning to hold an event. Whether you have held many events in the past or are a complete beginner, this reference will help you to make your event successful in terms of safety, turnout and budget. 

  • Community First Employee Volunteering

    Employee Volunteering is when a company’s employees offer their time and expertise for the benefit of local voluntary and community groups during work time, all with the support of their employer. Volunteering is promoted, encouraged and recognised by the company.
    Responsible Business is core business.

    Recent research has shown that:

    “For many companies CSR is regarded as part of their license to operate – something they must do instead of something they do to create competitive advantage.”

    IMPACT Report Executive summary, European Commission

    Community First works with local charitable and voluntary organisations so that local businesses can get involved in the community, from sharing skills of employees to helping out on a one-off project.

    To find out more, please contact Janet Duggan on or on Tel: 0300 500 8085. Alternatively, take a look at

  • Volunteering

    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.

    Pilotlight for matching senior business people to volunteering roles.
    Winchester Area Community Action for other volunteering opportunities.

  • 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: