The Winchester Business Excellence Awards launched with a networking breakfast at Chesil House.

Last year, Marwell Wildlife won the top prize as well as being recognised for its work in sustainability.

People from across the Winchester business community gathered for the launch of this year's awards with Newsquest's Andy Martin opening proceedings.

Mark Hixon, from Chesil House, said: “Once again Chesil House is proud to play host to the launch of these prestigious local awards. The opportunity to hear from previous award winners and meet potential nominees for the current year’s awards continues to be one of the highlights of our year at Chesil House.”

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The breakfast was provided by the Little Kitchen Company. Cait Salanson, from the business, said: “The Little Kitchen Company is delighted to be involved once again with the Winchester Business Excellence Awards.  As a local business (and previous winner), serving and working with local people and businesses, we really value the strength of building strong relationships for the future with all sponsors and entrants.”

The Winchester Business Excellence Awards organised in partnership with the Hampshire Chronicle, Winchester BID and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by Paris Smith, Dutton Gregory, Winchester City Council, Winchester University, Winchester BID, Azets, Gentian and Ridge & Partners. The awards are also supported by Natwest, Honey & Harvey, Little Kitchen and Chesil House and are open to businesses within the Winchester District.

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Nominations are welcomed for businesses or businesses are able to nominate themselves.

Once received the nominations will be considered by our judging panel and may be subject to a ‘Mystery Shopper’ visit by the category sponsor.

The judges will be looking to announce the three finalists in each category on Thursday May 4 in the Hampshire Chronicle and on and then a celebratory awards event, will conclude the awards on Thursday June 1.

The winners of each category will receive £250 of advertising in the Hampshire Chronicle or on and will also be featured in the category winners’ coverage in the Hampshire Chronicle or on

Awards categories include: Business Leader Award, Charity and Social Enterprise Award, Large Business Award, SME/Independent Business Award, New Business Award, Technology and Innovation Award, Sustainable Business Award, Service Excellence Award and Creative and Cultural Award.

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The Millennium Egg will continue to be awarded by the Winchester City Council to the organisation or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to Winchester area.
The Business of the Year Award will be nominated to the overall winner that will be chosen by the judging panel form all the category winners.

Closing date for nominations Thursday April 20.

Usual Newsquest competition terms and conditions will apply. Visit: for full details. The £250 multi-media advertising prize valid for use until December 31.

Chesil House is 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.

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.

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

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

Visit them 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