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Map to help people use independent businesses

Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) has installed a pop-up shop, named ‘No 1 Independent Street’ outside the City Museum.

Visitors will be able to come along and pick up a free pocket map showing over 150 independent shopping and food and drink businesses across the city centre. The newly-designed map lists places to eat and drink as well as the retailers across the city.

It can be used to help navigate around the city with stars marking the business locations, to help residents and visitors to shop, wine and dine independently.

From July onwards, independent businesses will be displaying new Winchester Independents window stickers encouraging visitors and residents to support them and shop locally.

This is part of Independent Business Month, which takes place across the UK every July, to highlight the importance of the roles played by smaller, local, and independent businesses in their communities.

To celebrate the month, Winchester BID has also created a series of short films and a montage of images to showcase what it means to be an independent business in Winchester and why so many businesses choose to call Winchester home.

Bex, Owner of Open House Deli said: “At Open House Deli we love being an independent business in Winchester, we are all in it together and all support each other like a family community.

“A national celebration of independent businesses is our way of flying the flag for them in Winchester. Being in Winchester we are surrounded by amazing produce and suppliers, which means we can truly celebrate being local and seasonal. We started out on a market stall, then came into this space, and some of those customers are still with us now.”

Keep up to date with Independent Business Month activity by following the Winchester BID’s social media channels @winchesterbid on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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