Emily Cotterill from Winchester’s Business Improvement District gets ready for the festive season
In the heat of summer Emily Cotterill, business development and projects officer at Winchester BID, starts making plans for Christmas. Emily, who is responsible for promoting business across the city, works months ahead of each season, ensuring that the big events of the year are organised in plenty of time.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Market, which draws tens of thousands of additional visitors to Winchester each year. The ice rink, cathedral events and the city’s reputation as a Mecca for foodies adds to its Yuletide appeal, with Winchester claiming the crown as the south’s ‘Christmas capital’.
Jamie Dean manages Church Paddock Fishery in Bedfield Lane, Kings Worthy.
He says, “Church Paddock Lake had been in the family for many years as part of wider farm land in the Worthies. My dad taught me to fly fish there when I was about five and the family stocked the lake with trout, initially just for our own use.
“In 2011 we opened Church Paddock as a business, allowing me to share my enthusiasm for the sport with other people.”
Sarah Parish and James Murray hosted a charity dinner at No 5 Bridge Street in aid of The Murray Parish Trust.
Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) might not have the largest office in the city, but from within it, big things happen.
Set up in 2008 to help city centre businesses collectively promote Winchester, its five-strong team supports 766 levy-paying members. Last year, its services were formally accredited by British BIDs which represents BIDs across the country.