Winchester's business community is gearing up for a celebration of innovation, dedication, and exceptional achievements as the Winchester Business Excellence Awards return for another year. 

Organised by the Hampshire Chronicle, Winchester BID, and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, these awards serve as a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives within the Winchester district.

Last year, The Little Kitchen Company took home the top prize of Business Of The Year. 

Cait Salanson, owner of The Little Kitchen Company, said: “The Little Kitchen Company is absolutely delighted to remain so involved in the Winchester Business Excellence Awards. These awards bring together the very best Winchester has to offer, forging strong relationships between brilliant businesses for the greater good of the city. It's a privilege to participate again, and also as a previous winner, this year is even more special.”

Mark Hixon, from Richard Steel & Partners who run 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.”

The awards are sponsored by Paris Smith, Dutton Gregory, Winchester City Council, Winchester University, Winchester BID, Trethowans, Ridge & Partners and JM Finn. 

In addition, the awards receive valuable support from Natwest, Honey & Harvey, Little Kitchen, and Chesil House.

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The Winchester Business Excellence Awards invite nominations from various sectors. Whether it's a forward-thinking startup, a pioneering enterprise, or an establishment dedicated to community impact, all are encouraged to participate. Nominations can be submitted by the businesses themselves or by those who have witnessed their exceptional growth.

The names of the three finalists in each category will be unveiled on Thursday, May 2. The awards evening will be on Thursday, May 30. 

The awards categories are: business leader; charity and social enterprise; large business; SME/independent business; new business; technology and innovation; sustainable business; service excellence; and creative and cultural.

Businesses can submit their entries at

Winchester City Council will award the Millennium Egg to a business or individual who has made an impact on the area. 

Also, the Business of the Year award will be chosen from the category winners.

Nominations for this year's Winchester Business Excellence Awards are open until Thursday, April 18. 

The awards package includes a £500 multi-media advertising prize for each category winner, valid until December 31.

The annual networking event at Cheil House will be held on Thursday, February 2 and will include a complimentary breakfast courtesy of the Little Kitchen Company. RSVP at

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