Economic Development


Enterprise M3 LEP are Recruiting Business Board Members

Business Board Members are being recruited to help shape the economic future of the LEP area, which covers mid to north Hampshire, as well as South and West Surrey.

For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact Annie Le Voguer on or 01962 846 755 in the first instance.

Further information about Enterprise M3 can be found on Regular tweets are sent from @enterprisem3

To apply please send a CV and covering letter setting out your interest in the role and how you would fulfil the requirements via email to by Friday 10 March 2017.

For more information and for an application pack, please visit

Solent LEP Industrial Strategy Business Roundtable

Have your say on key issues in the Solent.

Following the launch of the government's Industrial Strategy Green Paper on 23rd January the Solent LEP is looking to hold a series of roundtable sessions to engage with its key stakeholders (including Solent businesses, business representative organisations, Local Authorities, FE, HE and social enterprises) in order to inform their response to this consultation and also to feed views into an update of their economic strategy for the Solent.

Three of these roundtable sessions will be held, in Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The invitation is extended to Directors, Owners and senior decision making Managers, to make this as dynamic as possible.

  • IOW session: 2 - 3.30pm on 22nd March at Northwood House, Ward Ave, Cowes PO31 8AZ
  • Southampton session: 2.30 - 4pm on 23rd March at The Spark, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN

RSVP via email to with your name and organisation and your preferred choice of event. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and limited to 1 attendee per organisation.

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