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Support local during Independent Business Month


July is Winchester’s Independent Business Month and a chance for the brilliant and diverse independent businesses of the city and district to celebrate what they do!

We’ll be bringing you loads of interesting facts, ideas for best buys and stories from the owners, including three of the 2022 Winchester Business Excellence Awards finalists, plus a winner!

Toscanaccio sign ®Harvey Mills Photography 2017

®Harvey Mills Photography 2017

Toscanaccio Italian wine and food (finalist, Service Excellence)

Hair salon, By Ross Garcia (finalist, SME/Independent Business)

Maven coworking space (finalist, SME/Independent Business)

WINNER! P&G Wells bookshop (SME/Independent Business) – the shop has been based in Kingsgate for 300 years, the Wells name has been associated with it for nearly 200 years.


We have a brand new series of visitor guides and maps so you can discover and support more independent businesses. These are available from the visitor information centre on the ground floor of Winchester Guildhall or to download:

Visit Winchester Destination Guide

Discover Winchester District’s Market Towns (guide including information for Alresford, Bishop’s Waltham and Wickham)

Visit Winchester Visitor Map

Alresford Map, Bishop’s Waltham Map, Wickham Map

While you’re in the information centre, browse their local and independently produced arts, gifts, food and drink items on sale.

On Friday 1 July, Winchester BID will install No 1 Independent Street, a pop-up shop to distribute the latest FREE Winchester Independents pocket map and raise awareness about ‘shopping local’. Visitors, residents and businesses are invited to come along and pick up a FREE pocket map showing over 190 independent shops, services, and restaurants/cafes across the city centre. The pocket map conveniently lists all these #IndieWinch businesses and can be used to help navigate around the city. Look out for the #IndieWinch window stickers too which helps to identify independent businesses from their window frontage and encourage visitors and residents to shop local.

After a day exploring and shopping in Winchester’s indie shops, why not refuel in one of the eateries listed here.

Need more inspiration? Check out our ‘Shop, Eat, Explore’ film which showcases many more of our local businesses. The film is created by Robin Creative Media Ltd – also a local and independent businesses.

Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for Independent Business Month blogs and posts about the businesses around you.

Winchester Independents logo 2018