Economic development

  • Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2019

    This year’s Winchester Business Excellence Awards (WBEA) has been launched and nominations can now be made. Winners will be announced at the official ceremony on 6 June at the University of Winchester, organised in partnership by the Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester Business Improvement District (BID). 

    Businesses in the district can either be nominated or nominate themselves, and may be subject to a ‘mystery shopper’ visit or a Natwest health check. Winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Hampshire Chronicle or on the Chronicle website. This year’s overall Business of the Year award, sponsored by Simplyhealth, will be chosen from the shortlisted businesses in each award category. 

    The company offers private health cover for individuals, couples, families, and corporate health plans, and is used by more than 3 million people across the UK. 

    The other awards and sponsors are: 

    Business Leader – Paris Smith

    Young Business Person – sponsorship available

    Social Enterprise – HWB Accountants

    Large Business – Winchester City Council

    SME/Independent Business – Winchester BID

    New Business – sponsorship available

    Digital Innovation - sponsorship available

    Eco Business – Winchester University

    Service Excellence - Brewin Dolphin

    The Millennium Egg will be awarded by Winchester City Council to the organisation or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Winchester area. 

    Entries for the awards can be made online at Alternatively, send a 100-250 word email to, stating the selected category and business name, address, website, contact name and telephone number. The closing date for nominations is 6 May.

  • Community Events Toolkit

    Winchester City Council’s Market Towns' Development Officer has put together this useful guide for community organisations planning to hold an event. Whether you have held many events in the past or are a complete beginner, this reference will help you to make your event successful in terms of safety, turnout and budget. 

  • Community First Employee Volunteering

    Employee Volunteering is when a company’s employees offer their time and expertise for the benefit of local voluntary and community groups during work time, all with the support of their employer. Volunteering is promoted, encouraged and recognised by the company.
    Responsible Business is core business.

    Recent research has shown that:

    “For many companies CSR is regarded as part of their license to operate – something they must do instead of something they do to create competitive advantage.”

    IMPACT Report Executive summary, European Commission

    Community First works with local charitable and voluntary organisations so that local businesses can get involved in the community, from sharing skills of employees to helping out on a one-off project.

    To find out more, please contact Janet Duggan on or on Tel: 0300 500 8085. Alternatively, take a look at

  • 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: