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Posthumous recognition for local economy champion

Winchester City Council has recognised the late Ken Macartney for his outstanding contribution to the economy by presenting his family with the prestigious Millennium Egg award.

Despite the interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, local industry leaders have been recognised as part of the Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2020.

Ken Macartney, a Winchester resident for over 25 years, joined the BID after opening the city centre Pavilion in 2007 and went on to be Chairman for seven years. During this time, he is fondly remembered for upholding Winchester’s reputation as a thriving location to do business with.

Laura Taylor, Chief Executive of Winchester City Council, said:

“It is a privilege to be able to award the Macartney family with the Millennium Egg posthumously for the contribution Ken Macartney made to Winchester. His seven years as BID Chairman has left a lasting impression on the district and he will be remembered for his enthusiasm and his inclusivity when it came to local business.”

Ken’s wife, Mandy Macartney, added:

“I am delighted that Ken’s involvement has been honoured in this way. Since opening the city centre Pavilion in 2007, we went on to play an active part of the business community here. Together we enjoyed this beautiful city for more than 25 years and know his presence will be felt long into the future. Thank you to Winchester City Council for this award. I am looking forward to formally receiving the egg from Laura when Winchester Business Improvement District launch their bollard in the Square in Ken’s honour.

The Egg is Winchester’s equivalent to the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Oscar for the local economy. It is awarded in celebration of local people and organisations that have made a significant and sustained contribution to the economy of the District. The ornate egg was crafted by Jeremy France Jewellers in 2000, who then donated it to Winchester City Council for use as an annual award. 

Previous award winners include Paul Morgan, Managing Director of Warrens Office Limited, and James Cretney, Chief Executive, of Marwell.

Millennium Egg Award Speech

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