Council signs pledge to put business at the heart of its work

Press Release: 02/07/2013

Cllr Robert Humby and Stephen Gate sign the Business Charter

Winchester City Council has launched a charter for business, setting out its role in supporting the local economy.

Stephen Gates, Chair of the Winchester Area Committee of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, signed the charter on behalf of the business community, alongside Cllr Robert Humby, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at Winchester City Council. Cllr Humby first gave the delegates at the Chamber lunch, held at Wessex Conference Centre, a resume of what the charter contained and why it is an important document.

Cllr Robert Humby, who is also the Council’s Deputy Leader, said:

Winchester City Council is putting business at the heart of all its work. This charter sets out what we mean by that in terms of economic development, work with our tourism industry, environmental health and lots more. We also set out what we expect from the business community: participation in the projects we run and advice on ideas we have to help the local economy.

The charter is a pledge of the Council’s ongoing plans to break down barriers for businesses, and open its doors to local entrepreneurs. The Chamber lunch was the perfect opportunity to sign the document with witnesses from businesses across the District in a range of industry sectors.

Stephen Gates, Chief Executive of Denplan and the Chair of the Winchester branch of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said:

I am delighted to sign the charter as a representative of the local business community. The Chamber of Commerce has a good relationship with Winchester City Council, and we are kept fully informed of the Council’s work and future plans. I look forward to this relationship growing and becoming ever-stronger.

The charter will be displayed in Winchester City Council’s main reception, and is also available online at