Working together for the future of Winchester

Press Release: 05/11/2015

The Future of Winchester

The Future of Winchester conference is being held during the morning of Thursday 3 December 2015 in Guildhall Winchester.

It is aimed at all businesses, both large and small, located throughout the Winchester area, and is promising to deliver an action-packed agenda. Attendance is free and breakfast and lunch are provided.

Winchester City Council’s Leader, Cllr Stephen Godfrey, will open the event and outline budget proposals for 2016 to 2017. Delegates will be invited to comment on these plans for the coming year.

The second session will be chaired by Stewart Dunn, Chief Executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, and will focus on major developments. Steve Tilbury, Corporate Director of Operations, will include a detailed overview of the council’s major projects, including the planned Silver Hill and Station Approach developments in Winchester city centre.

Cllr James Byrnes, Portfolio Holder for Local Economy, said:

We are looking forward to welcoming our local businesses from all sectors and sizes, and consulting them on our plans for the future. We will also be featuring speakers from the two growth hubs supporting the District, and local businesses who have benefited from advice and support from the Council.

Alex Hoare, keynote speaker and Director of Point Line Plane Glassware, will talk about the difference a Winchester City Council Business start up grant has made to her creative business. Kate Cloud, Head of Economy and Arts, will outline the range of business support that is offered within the Winchester area.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to officers from the council’s business-facing teams such as planning advisors.

The conference is free to attend, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your place, send your details to  or find out more at