Winchester City Council

A Business South Champion

City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LJ

Winchester City Council is the local government authority serving a population of 122,000 residents across 250 square miles of central Hampshire.

The Council is run by 45 democratically elected Councillors who are committed to boosting the local economy, providing high-quality public services and engaging with our community. They are accountable to all the residents in their respective wards and keen to ensure local business people have their say too. An increasing emphasis on the local economy and meeting the needs of our business community make Winchester a great place to invest.

Together, councillors plan and deliver a wide range of services: major developments and infrastructure planning, tourism, environmental health and licensing, building control, parking and CCTV, rates and tax collection, waste and recycling, housing, education, sports and leisure, and benefits administration.

The district is characterised by an 80:20 rural to urban demographic and features a broad diversity of businesses – 85 percent of which can be classified as micro-enterprises. The historic cathedral city of Winchester, which is often cited as one of the most desirable places to live in the country, is the centre of local government as well as the principal hub of commercial, legal and economic activities in the district.

Significant market towns include Bishop’s Waltham, Alresford, and Wickham, while a plethora of rural villages throughout the countryside has their own strong communities. With good road and rail links to London and the M3 corridor, the Winchester district is an excellent place to do business. The Council is devoted to supporting innovation across the region and even looks to manage its own business in an increasingly entrepreneurial fashion – financially safeguarding services for the future.

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