Through the following projects, we aim to support BID businesses and start-up businesses to collaborate, celebrate success and reduce operating costs.

For more information on our business support projects, please contact Chris Turner. 

BUSINESS BAROMETER

Each quarter, the BID undertakes a detailed survey of a cross section of businesses in the BID area and publishes the outcome in an anonymous Business Barometer. This is sent to key partners, including the Local Economic Partnership, the District Council, the local Member of Parliament and the Board, as well as to those involved in the barometer. The complete set of Business Barometer reports are available to view here.

REPRESENTATION

Winchester BID acts as a voice for local businesses and will provide feedback and lobby local authorities on pertinent issues affecting the city, such as the Central Winchester regeneration scheme and the Station Approach development. To share your view as a business, please get in touch with Catherine Turness.

NETWORKING

Each year Winchester BID sponsors the following business events in partnership with the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce:

Breakfast with Steve Brine MP
Winchester Business Excellence Awards
Winchester BID Update Lunch

The BID is also pleased to introduce a number of informal evening seminars, hosted at Winchester Business Centre.

PARTNERSHIP WORKING

The BID is pleased to work in partnership with the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses. BID businesses receive 20% off annual membership to the Chamber.

The BID also meets regularly with the Enterprise M3 Local Economic Partnership to keep up to date with their work and grants available for businesses.

FOOTFALL MONITORING

There are seven sensors located across the city centre, which monitors footfall on an hourly basis. Winchester BID produces a monthly report, which is reviewed by the BID Board each month.

COMMUNICATIONS

Winchester BID team recognise the importance of keeping BID businesses up to date with projects and pertinent issues of the city. The Annual General Meeting takes place in April, whilst the Forum meets on a quarterly basis and is open to all BID businesses to attend. Each meeting will have a specific theme or topic for discussion.

INDEPENDENT RETAIL HEALTH CHECK

Ensuring that retail performance in secondary shopping streets reflects the vibrancy of the High Street is not a concern that is unique to Winchester. Winchester City Council commissioned consultants The Retail Group to assess current performance and consider practical, low-cost ways in which it can work with the retailers and the BID to help the traders prosper. An action plan has been developed for the BID, Winchester City Council and retailers to collaborate and deliver the points suggested from the businesses in the city.

FIT FOR BUSINESS

Winchester Business Improvement District is pleased to have launched the Fit For Business scheme in partnership with our long term consultant John Kind.

The scheme is designed to support and encourage early stage businesses with powerful growth aspirations.

You can download the Fit For Business materials below:

fit for business     business checklist

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