Hampshire Chronicle have partnered up with Winchester City Council and Winchester BID to create a campaign aimed at helping local businesses with the impact of the pandemic.
“Love Our Local Business” campaign will give coverage and exposure to local business in Winchester, through social media and online promotion.
There will be stories, news, images and information highlighting aspects of great local business, with the aim to put more money into a sector highly affected by the pandemic.
The editor of the Hampshire Chronicle, Bill Browne, said: “We have learned a great deal in the past year, not least that working together is absolutely vital. So much can be achieved through collaboration and supporting and promoting business in these incredibly tough and challenging times.”
Winchester City Council have prioritised local businesses, by focusing on the economic recovery of the district. This includes giving business grants of £34.6 million and relief of £27.8 million, which have been distributed currently.
More funding has also been launched recently to support businesses and organisations whose income has been impacted by more than 30%.
Councillor Paula Ferguson, Cabinet member for local economy, has praised the Council’s attempt to help businesses with the pandemic and saying it’s well placed to support business throughout the lockdown restrictions.
Winchester BID have also played a role, working alongside the Police to watch on closed businesses and providing assistance for businesses still open or providing online services.
Executive director of Winchester BID said: “BID has been at the forefront of offering advice and guidance to businesses at the local level throughout the pandemic.”
Businesses which take part in the campaign will be part of a draw, with the winner receiving an ecommerce website and a four month long marketing package.