May 2017

The contribution of the creative industries to Winchester’s economy and to the life of the city

The creative industries represent an important sector for Winchester which not only makes a significant contribution to the city’s economy, but also to its reputation as a centre for contemporary culture as well as a world-class heritage destination. The concentration of creative firms in the city is above the national average and areas of strength include advertising and marketing, architecture, design, media, performing and visual arts, software and computer services.

Furthermore, the University of Winchester and Winchester School of Art nurture and develop the next generation of creative talent. The city also has an extensive festivals programme and Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) chair the Festivals in Winchester Group, recognising the role that creative events play in promoting social cohesion, increasing footfall,  enhancing the visitor economy and attracting tourism.

In addition Winchester BID provides £10,000 in sponsorship for festivals in the city centre each year. In 2016 some of the events which were awarded sponsorship included Winchester Chamber Music Festival, Winchester Poetry Festival, Winchester Jazz Festival and the famous Hat Fair, which is the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts.

Upcoming festivals which have been awarded sponsorship by Winchester BID in 2017 include Hat Fair (30th June to 2nd July) and later in the year Winchester Short Film Festival (2nd to 11th November). Winchester Business Centre on Parchment Street, which is home to Winchester BID, also provides workspace for new and growing businesses working in app development, digital marketing, graphic design and publishing as well as a wide range of other sectors.

To find out more about Festivals in Winchester or Winchester Business Centre, please contact paul.spencer@winchesterbid.co.uk. Paul Spencer Winchester Business Improvement District