Visit Winchester > Blog > It’s Independent Business Month

It’s Independent Business Month

Cheese and Chilli 2021
Cheese and Chilli 2021

Winchester’s annual celebration of the unique and wonderful independent businesses in the city is back. This July join Winchester BID in celebrating the importance of smaller, local and independent businesses in our community and the fantastic selection of hidden gems we have in Winchester.

Start the celebrations with Winchester BID at No 1 Independent Street which will be popping up outside the City Museum on Thursday 1st July. Visitors will be able to come along and pick up a free pocket map showing over 150 independent shopping and food and drink businesses across the city centre.

Independent Month sign

To celebrate the month, Winchester BID has created a series of short films and a montage of images to showcase what it means to be an independent business in Winchester and why so many businesses choose to call Winchester home.

Dinghams Independent Cook Shop in Winchester

Dinghams Independent Cook Shop in Winchester

Sarah Davis, Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) Manager said:

“The past 15 months have been particularly challenging for all businesses, but the resilience of the independent hospitality and retail sectors is really evident in Winchester.  New businesses are being attracted to the city because of the collaborative, supportive nature of these businesses and their customers.”

Bex, Owner of Open House Deli said:

“At Open House Deli we love being an independent business in Winchester, we are all in it together and all support each other like a family community.  I remember when, I have had to call another independent before to ask if we can borrow some milk when we have run out. A national celebration of independent businesses is our way of flying the flag for them in Winchester. Being in Winchester we are surrounded by amazing produce and suppliers, which means we can truly celebrate being local and seasonal. We started out on a market stall, then came into this space, and some of those customers are still with us now.”

Look out for the Winchester Independent window stickers proudly displayed in Independent shop windows and support the local shops in our city.

Shopfront with ladies from Winchester Tourist Information Centre

Independents shop front 2018

Explore our city centre independent shops here. Looking for a local independent eatery? Follow your stomach to some great restaurants and cafes here.

Don’t forget you’ll find even more independent shops in our market towns and villages across the Winchester district. Why not pay a visit to Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham or Wickham?