Winchester showcased its wonderful range of independent shops, businesses and eateries from across the city at a special Independents Market.
The market lined the city’s cobbled High Street in a celebration of the city’s local independent business community.
Winchester has a unique shopping culture with 50% of its retail businesses being independently owned and managed. This helps to put Winchester on the map as a shopping and leisure destination for people throughout Hampshire and even further afield.
The Winchester BID (Business Improvement District) fully supports the city’s independents and aims to create a thriving, clean and safe environment for residents, visitors and all the businesses which operate in the city.
Paul Spencer, Projects and Operations Manager for Winchester BID, said: “It was great to see so many people out and about in Winchester for the Independents Market. There are so many hidden gems in our city centre so it was the perfect opportunity to showcase them on the High Street and show what Winchester has to offer to residents and visitors alike. We hope that people will continue to love the local”.
The Independents Market is part of a calendar of events which will be taking place in Winchester throughout July and August, including a children’s ‘Independent Street’ and an ‘Indie Trail’ for people of all ages.
Chris Turner, Business Development Director for Winchester BID, said: “Here at Winchester BID, we exist to support our local businesses. Part of that in Winchester is about celebrating our fantastic array of independent shops and eateries. To see so many of them meeting and greeting new and old customers alike at the Independents Market was simply brilliant. It was a great way to demonstrate what makes Winchester’s business community innovative and unique.”