BUSINESS leader from across the city descended on Chesil House for the launch of the Winchester Business Excellence Awards. 

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 district.

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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Hampshire Chronicle: Winchester Business Excellence Awards launch

People gathered for a networking breakfast, with sausage and bacon baps provided by The Little Kitchen Company, who won the business of the year award last year. 

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ross McNally showed a video, showing last year's winners at work.

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. 

Businesses can submit their entries at