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Chancellor of Exchequer praises Winchester as 'a great place to do business'
4:50pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
Council chiefs met George Osborne at 11 Downing Street and he was quick to praise the city council, a business conference heard.
“I think the council understands that Winchester’s future is about encouraging companies to invest, to create jobs and to foster innovation and skills.
“It’s a great place to do business,” he said.
Deputy leader of the city council Councillor Rob Humby was joined at the meeting by Alison Woods, the city’s economy and arts development manager, and Eloise Appleby, assistant director for economic prosperity.
Cllr Humby said: “We are proud that George Osborne described Winchester as an exciting local council which understands the needs of local businesses. The council is aiming to put business first in the coming years.
“The district is performing well in these difficult times, but we will not rest on our laurels.”
The chancellor had just returned from talks in Brussels before he was due to visit Eastleigh to campaign for the by-election.
During the visit he was filmed delivering an address to Winchester’s business leaders. Winchester film-maker Toby Robinson, 21, of Western Road, was called upon to produce the video. The film was shown at the council’s Business in the 21st Century conference.