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Winchester City Council has recognised the late Ken Macartney, a former member of the Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) Board of Directors and also a former Chair of the Board, for his outstanding contribution to the local economy by presenting his family with the prestigious Millennium Egg award.

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

Ken Macartney, a Winchester resident for over 25 years, joined the Winchester BID Board of Directors in April 2008 after opening Pavilion in The Square in 2007 with his wife Mandy, which offers women and men designer fashion. He was Chair of the Board between 2012 and 2019. During this time, he is fondly remembered for upholding Winchester’s reputation as a thriving location to do business.

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’m 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 role in the business community here. Together we enjoyed this beautiful city for more than 25 years and I 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 Taylor when Winchester Business Improvement District launch their bollard in The Square in Ken’s honour.”

The Millennium 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 Winchester 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.

The Square in Winchester is known for its beautifully painted bollards which line the street – a colourful public art scheme by local artists. A new design will be commissioned by Winchester BID in memory of Ken for the bollard outside of Pavilion.

Video: Winchester Business Excellence Awards 2020 and Millennium Egg announcement.

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