The 2022 Winchester Business Excellence Awards are organised in partnership with the Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester BID and are open to businesses within the Winchester District. 

This year as we celebrate 20 years of the awards we invite you to enter or make your nominations and join us in our celebration of sustainability.

Enter now HERE 

View category criteria HERE

The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category on Thursday 12th May in the Hampshire Chronicle and on and then a celebratory awards event, will conclude the awards on Thursday 9th June.  

2022 Winchester Business Excellence Awards sponsors and supporters

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Winchester-based Gentian is a dynamic developer and investor with a property investment portfolio in excess of £120m. Gentian works across all sectors of the property market working with public and private bodies to provide developments fit for the 21st century.

The Group’s roots lie in a multi-million pound business established to develop, manage and advise on retail facilities within NHS hospitals throughout England and Wales.

Most recently Gentian has invested in Winchester’s High Street with four acquisitions, their Town Centre Regeneration Portfolio comprises 126 High Street leased to Mountain Warehouse, 46 High Street leased to Seasalt, 7-8 High Street leased to Closs & Hamblin and Rick Stein Restaurant and 28 High Street leased to Fat Face. These significant buildings are now locally owned and maintained, demonstrating Gentian’s commitment and confidence in Winchester’s retail offering and future. 


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Azets is the largest Top 10 regional SME Accountancy and Business Advisory firm delivering accounting, tax, audit, business and advisory services in the UK and internationally. With over 6,500 people across our global office network, we are committed to delivering a personal service both digitally and at your door. Whether you’re an ambitious entrepreneurial start-up, a medium sized business ready to scale, or a large private or public enterprise looking at your future strategic goals. Wherever you are in your business lifecycle we maximise your precious time – so you can focus on what you do best.

We are viewed by many of our clients as a trusted long-term business advisor, guiding them throughout the whole of their business journey, from start-up, through growth and beyond. Our local approach is underpinned by a network of unparalleled expertise. If you’re looking for peace of mind, expert support and more of that all-too-precious time, we’re ready to help.


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Ridge and Partners LLP Ridge is a multidiscipline Property and Construction Consultancy which helps clients create better, more resilient and highly sustainable places in which people can live, learn, work and relax.

With over 750 people working worldwide from 13 UK locations, we adopt a partner-led approach to all projects. Our growing Winchester office serves Hampshire and the South Coast region, providing best-in-class advice on diverse schemes across several sectors.

Whether public or private sector, new development or existing asset enhancement, we know how to find and add value on projects large and small; we combine technical excellence, local knowledge and hands-on support from in-house experts across several disciplines.

Our award-winning services are available individually or in any combination – a convenient, one-stop location for all property and construction requirements. It’s a testament to our success that more than 80% of our work is repeat business from satisfied clients.  


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Paris Smith’s purpose is to enable its clients to achieve their goals through positive experience with legal excellence.

We build long term relationships with businesses and their leaders who value pragmatic, commercial, outcome-focused, and strategic advice from their legal professionals. We provide them with opportunities to access a wide network of like-minded business owners, to achieve their ambitions.

We believe in creating sustainable outcomes for our people, clients and our communities to enable each of them to thrive. Let’s start a conversation – tell us your story, goals, vision and any challenges you may have.

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Dutton Gregory is one of the fastest-growing law firms in the South, where the highest standards of legal services is combined with an energetic, friendly and client-focused approach.

 Since our Winchester office first opened in 1947, we have advised and worked alongside many businesses, in a variety of sectors, both nationally and locally. Our aim is to become an integral part of every client’s team, offering advice and support on matters from general corporate and commercial issues to employment, property and dispute resolution.

Located within the heart of Winchester, and with offices throughout Hampshire and Dorset, we’re perfectly placed to advise Winchester’s most successful and innovative businesses.

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University of Winchester At the heart of our values-driven University is a passion and commitment to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. 
Our dedication to sustainability is reflected in the University’s strategy and embedded across the institution through our learning and teaching, research, knowledge exchange and culture. 
We are an exemplar of environmental sustainability and are committed to reducing our environmental impact through sustainable management, achieving net zero and reducing our consumption of natural resources.  Our new West Downs Centre embodies our values and aims to achieve the WELL Building Standard that certifies and monitors features that impact human health and wellness in the built environment.

We are delighted to sponsor this category and are proud to continue supporting the Winchester Business Excellence Awards.


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Winchester City Council  From our historic city centre, once the ancient capital of England, to our bustling market towns across the district, we’re home to 118,000 residents. We welcome more than 6 million visitors a year to our beautiful countryside and rich historic heritage - as well as our state of the art health and fitness facilities right in the heart of the city.

With two universities and over 7,000 businesses we’re a seat of learning as well as a hive of business innovation. To ensure we our district is great place to live, work and play, the city council provides a range of services 365 days a year. Keeping the streets clean, looking after open spaces, providing affordable housing are all part of keeping Winchester open for business.


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Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) is a business-led and business-funded organisation formed to improve the commercial wellbeing of the city. There are now more than 320 BIDs across the country and Winchester was one of the first established in the south of England and has been in operation since 2008. The BID represents businesses working together to improve their city and invest collectively in local improvements that are in addition to those that are already delivered by local statutory bodies. The BID delivers a programme of events, projects and services to position and promote Winchester, manage and enhance the cityscape, support business growth and influence and inspire change.

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If you’re looking for people that know their stuff and are keen to develop you and your business, NatWest programmes like Business Builder or the Entrepreneur Accelerator could take your business further, faster. Or there’s expert help covering employment law, HR, and lots more from our MentorDigital service. Perhaps sometimes, you just need to know there are people out there in the same situation as you.  That’s where our networks can help support you (and your business) to grow and develop.

In 2022 we are proud to launch our newest Accelerator Hub right here in Hampshire offering tailored support empowering business from pre-start to established players. It’s an amazing journey that’s fully funded and you don’t even need to be a NatWest customer!

To learn more about our offers contact: Lucy Kitcher, Local Enterprise Manager


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At the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce We provide support for all types of local organisations. We are owned and led by our membership and as a private sector, not for profit Company we are independent and can therefore lobby effectively to make Hampshire the place to do business.

We hold over 100 different types of events every year which gives all members the opportunity to learn, meet new contacts and promote their business through networking or promotional opportunities. We also provide Training services, International Trade services, a host of membership benefits and offers. To find out more please contact us: 01329 242420

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CHESIL HOUSE  An exquisite 19th-century venue sitting on the banks of the River Itchen, in the heart of historic Winchester. Owned and occupied by the Steel family for four generations. With its warm and welcoming environment, Chesil House is often described as a hidden gem in the City.

Chesil House is becoming a local favourite for bespoke and intimate weddings. Offering the comfort of total exclusivity Chesil House offer multiple room choices along with the beautiful walled garden complete with its picture-perfect rose bridged stream making this a dream wedding location.

Likewise, many local businesses are being attracted to Chesil House for exclusive daytime and evening events. Full audio-visual facilities and a range of breakout rooms, along with first class catering make Chesil House a superb location for business meetings.

The team at Chesil House are once again proud to be involved with the Winchester Business Awards.


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RICHARD STEEL & PARTNERS LTD  The Steel family have been serving Winchester and the wider Hampshire community for four generations since 1860. Each generation has dedicated themselves to supporting the City, both professionally and through charitable and community involvement. A long association with Bishop’s Waltham began in 1990 with the acquisition from the Chamberlain family of Thomas Pink & Son. A new Alresford office in West Street opened in 2021 to better serve our families in the Arle & Candover Valleys.

Current owner and 4th generation Funeral Director Iain Steel is proud to once again be supporting the Winchester Business Excellence Awards with Steel’s having been a previous recipient of the prestigious Service Excellence award. “Care and attention to detail are what we have stood for over four generations and it continues to be our privilege to look after the families of Winchester and surrounding areas.

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At The Little Kitchen Company, our chefs take great pride in crafting spectacular food designed to delight the senses. Tell us about the flavours and textures you love and we'll design a bespoke menu especially for you and your event.

We're an award-winning provider of catering services in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond.

Visit us at The Little Kitchen Bistro in Winchester or The Little Kitchen Bean & Bar in Twyford for beautiful, modern handmade food made with the very best fresh local produce.