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The Winchester Business Excellence Awards (WBEA) are thrilled to announce the 2018 launch party will take place on Wednesday 17 January 2018, at 5.30pm at the Holiday Inn, Winchester. The hotel is the launch sponsor for 2018, welcoming attendees to enjoy drinks and delicious canapes with them whilst celebrating local business success.

The event is organised in partnership by the Hampshire Chronicle, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Winchester BID, and is open to all to attend. During the evening guests will hear more about the competition, gain valuable networking opportunities and hear from the 2017 Business of the Year winner Iain Steele from Richard Steele and Partners on what it meant to them to win the prestigious award.

As per last year, WBEA is pleased to be working with Simplyhealth Professionals (previously Denplan), who are the principal sponsors of the event and also category sponsors of the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award. Simplayhealth Professionals have been a key part of the Winchester economy for several decades and their continued involvement in the awards truly demonstrates the high standing of this competition in the eyes of the local business community.

The event is also sponsored by several other Winchester businesses, who all play a key part in the city.  These include the University of Winchester Winchester City Council, Paris Smith LLP, Winchester BID and The Breeze. These businesses each sponsor an award category helping to celebrate the diverse and unique businesses based in the district.

Each award is open for entries from the date of the launch until Friday 23rd of February, with businesses able to nominate award worthy organisations or enter the awards themselves to showcase their success and help showcase the very best of what Winchester has to offer.

The awards scheme will culminate in a spectacular award ceremony will take place on Friday 1st June 2018 in Winchester’s beautiful Guildhall. The event has long been recognised as a key date in the business calendar of the district, and those companies lucky enough to be become a WBEA finalists will received 2 free tickets to the dinner.

To book a place for the launch, please e-mail Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.