3 Reasons to be Excited about Winchester this Year

As a creative web design agency, we are very proud to operate in Winchester; once the historical capital of Wessex, and now officially one of the nicest places to live in the UK.

A number of our clients originate from Winchester, and our neighbours will tell you that word-of-mouth serves as a primary source of business for local trade.

We like to keep tabs on what’s new in and around our hometown, as well as striving to stay ahead of the game in the dynamic world of marketing and digital communications. In fact, recent developments in search engine marketing reinforce the importance of establishing a local, digital presence – never before has a geographic location been so important in the online world.

Back to the ‘real world’ and 2015 looks set to bring some exciting developments, and we’ve listed a few of them below.

1. Silver Hill Development Decision(s)

Alongside thousands of fellow Winchester residents, we are particularly excited to learn the outcome of recent protests on the Silver Hill development scheme. This may or may not happen in 2015, after all, it’s been going on for 13 years.

For those of you new to the Winchester Silver Hill debate, property developers and local residents have been negotiating the ‘urban regeneration’ (notably the architectural design) of the proposed buildings, which many agree is outdated and entirely unflattering for Winchester’s historic city centre.

You can read more about the protest at Winchester Deserves Better.

2. The Winchester Business Awards

Celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, The Winchester Business Excellence Awards is an annual event hosted by the Winchester Business Improvement District and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

The event helps to celebrate the local business economy, and a number of award categories are up for grabs. Some of you may already know that we are sponsoring the excellence online award – make sure you enter before Friday 27th Feb 2015!

3. Property Development: New Homes

There’s no denying that the property market witnessed considerable growth last year, with many Cities and towns experiencing a rush of first-time buyers and government incentivised property purchases.

Winchester was no exception and is now one of the many areas to undergo further property development. Winchester Village, Barton Farm – just two of a handful of new build development schemes in the works.

Whether or not these property development schemes will fall within the ‘affordable housing’ bracket, new homes will help to grow the economy, and in turn, will help local businesses to flourish.

So there we have it: three reasons to be excited about our lovely City of Winchester this year. If you would like to learn more about the local marketplace, or you have a business idea that might be suited to the thriving local business community, why not give us a call?

Posted by Nikki Osborne on 04 Feb 2015