Businesses given chance to guide Council budgets

Press Release: 22/12/2009

As debate continues about the recent pre-budget report by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Winchester City Council is inviting businesses from across the Winchester District to find out more about its own spending plans for the year ahead.

Businesses of all sizes and sectors are being invited to a special breakfast session on 27th January 2010 to comment on how the Council spends its money.  This annual event asks business rate payers to offer ideas and advice for the Council’s future.

The breakfast will take place at the Winchester Royal Hotel, and include presentations from the Leader of the Council, Cllr George Beckett, and the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Efficiency, Cllr Freddie Allgood, about the Council’s proposed budget for 2010/11and spending priorities.  Following the presentations will be a chance for delegates to make their own suggestions and discuss the way forward for the Council.

Cllr George Beckett said, “We are always grateful for local business’s input into our financial and spending plans. As a small businessman myself, I am always keen to draw on the entrepreneurial spirit, pragmatism and efficiency of the private sector as we go through the annual budget cycle. We relish the opportunity to discuss the work we are planning to undertake.”

Places are allocated on a first come-first served basis, and numbers are limited.  To book your place email kcrawford@winchester.gov.uk adding ‘Budget briefing’ to the subject line, or telephone 01962 848 563.