Winchester BID is supporting Independent Business Month, to highlight the importance of the roles played by smaller, local, and independent businesses in their communities.

Throughout July they are promoting #indiewinch businesses across Winchester.

On Thursday 1st July outside of City Museum, BID will install the pop-up shop, No 1 Independent Street.

Visitors will be able to come along and pick up a FREE pocket map showing more than 150 independent shopping and food & drink businesses across the city centre.

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The newly designed map lists all the wonderful places to eat and drink as well as the amazing retailers across the city. A useful tool that can be used to help navigate around the city with stars marking the business locations, to help residents and visitors to shop, wine and dine independently.

From July onwards, independent businesses will be displaying new Winchester Independents window stickers encouraging visitors and residents to support them and shop locally.

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.

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Sarah Davis, Winchester Business Improvement District 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.”