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As part of Winchester BID’s third term which runs from 2018 to 2023, an annual budget of £50,000 has been allocated to promote and support independent businesses in the city centre.

In April we launched a new Independents Advisory Group to represent the interests of BID Members who operate independent businesses and to help develop a new programme of campaigns and projects which will be funded by the BID.

Applications were welcomed from individuals who are proactively engaged with the independent business community and able to make contributions collectively on behalf of the retail and food and drink sectors. Following the application process, the group has been established and includes 7 representatives from the retail sector and 7 representatives from the food and drink sector.


Retail Representatives Food and Drink Representatives
Mark Benzie, Park Life Kids

Cat Brandwood, Toscanaccio (Chair)

Alice Duffield, Vintage Hound

Harriet France, Jeremy France Jewellers

David Hill, Parchment Jewellers

Donna Laine, Donna Laine Jewellery

Martin Smart, Cornflowers

Shah Abdul, Manow Thai

Mark Dodd, The Chesil Restaurant

Alex Donnan, Coffee Lab

Jayne Gillin, The Little Pub Group

Libby Hayes, Chococo

Marcelo Pugliese, The Old Vine

Gary Whiter, Cabinet Rooms (Vice Chair)


Be part of our celebration of independent businesses this July

Independents Month takes place in July and as part of this we are inviting you to take part in a special Winchester Independents Market on Sunday 22nd July. The market, which will take place in the High Street, will be a showcase of Winchester’s independent businesses. Booking, gazebo hire and access to power will be free to you and paid for by the BID.

To express your interest in taking a stall at the Winchester Independents Market please email by Friday 8th June.

If your business is running events, showcases or special offers during July which you would like us to promote as part of Independents Month then please send details, your logo and any relevant images to by Friday 8th June.

For an informal discussion about the Independents Advisory Group or for further information please contact Winchester BID or any member of the group listed above.

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