Hidden gems aplenty at Winchester’s Independents Market

Winchester showcased its wonderful range of independent shops, businesses and eateries from across the city at a special Independents Market which took place yesterday (Sunday 22 July).

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."

For more information, visit www.winchesterbid.co.uk or search #IndieWinch on social media.

 

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For more information, please contact Jude Peppis-Clay at The Typeface Group: jude@thetypefacegroup.co.uk or call 01256 614921.

Photo credit: The Typeface Group. Captions are in photo file names.

Winchester is a BID - a Business Improvement District, which is a business-led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. The vision of Winchester BID is to create a vibrant, exciting and successful business community to make an attractive, clean and safe destination for customer and clients, shoppers and staff, residents and visitors. This is to help Winchester to be a profitable place in which to do business.

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