Winchester City Council puts local businesses at the heart of its work in 2013

Press Release: 18/01/2013

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council

Winchester City Council is inviting local businesses to a Valentine’s Day event to find out how the economy will be ‘at the heart’ of everything it does in 2013. The conference, entitled Business in the 21st Century, will take place on Thursday 14 February 2013 at INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium in Telegraph Way at Morn Hill, Winchester, from 9am to 1.30pm.

The event is free to attend for businesses based in the Winchester District, whatever their size or sector. One of the keynote speakers, Chris Cooper from IBM, will encourage delegates to look into the future with an inspirational speech on Smarter Cities, an initiative which drives sustainable economic growth and prosperity for citizens – whether based in an urban centre or the rural district. Chris will initiate a discussion on the needs of the whole community in a smarter world.

The second keynote speaker, David Frost CBE, the Chair of the National Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Network, has a wealth of knowledge of the business world and will provide an insight into what LEPs actually mean for businesses.

Delegates should also be impressed by the UK’s largest-capacity digital Planetarium, and by the surrounding science centre which does so much to instil a love of maths, engineering and technology in Hampshire’s young people – the workforce of tomorrow. There will be an exploration of the wide and varied uses of modern technologies to make any business work better as well as plenty of networking opportunities throughout the morning. Delegates will also be able to book a one-to-one ‘surgery’ with Council staff, with teams ranging from planning to environmental health, and from tourism to highways.

The Council interacts with a great variety of businesses from restaurants to taxi firms and from zoos to hotels, and it works with businesses of all shapes and sizes, and from multi-national service organisations to small, local charities. It also supports businesses right across the District – one of the biggest in Hampshire – and the conference will reflect issues relevant to town and country alike. This event will help people find out how the Council can help their business, as well as providing a forum for them to tell the Council what practical steps it and its partners need to take in the future to support economic growth.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council and host of the event, said

Winchester City Council is aiming to put business first in the coming years. This Administration’s top priority is to support and grow the economy of the Winchester District, and as the Portfolio Holder and Deputy Leader I am doing all I can to ensure that our Members and officers play their part. I see my job as championing the many excellent services we provide for business, and – where they exist – taking down the barriers.

Spaces for the workshop are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-booking is essential. To book your space email Flis Pitman, at Winchester City Council, on or telephone 01962 848 303 by 1 February 2013. We would love to see you there!