Backing shops and businesses

As a country we’ve had to make some tough decisions since 2010, to sort out the economic mess the last Labour Government left behind.

Because of our balanced approach, reducing our debt while investing in our public services, we’ve managed to grow our economy every year since 2010. That means more jobs – with the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 1975.

In the Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency, the total number of unemployed claimants is consistently low, representing a rate of 0.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.9%.

Since being elected our MP, Steve Brine has understood that a strong local economy is essential to the wider UK position and in maintaining the healthy communities we value so much.

He has supported local start-ups, publicised (and opened) dozens of new ventures and regularly visits constituency businesses to learn about their work and listen to what they are saying. His work covers small micro businesses and shops as well as big private sector employers such as Simply Health and IBM who are based in the constituency.

Steve is especially passionate about supporting independent businesses and has spoken a lot about the strength they bring to the retail environment alongside the more established chains which absolutely have a place in our High Street.

He meets frequently with those representing the local business community and addresses a large Chamber of Commerce run business breakfast at the start of each year. You can often spot our MP dropping into city centre shops, just to see how things are going and to ensure they have easy access to their representative in Parliament.

You can see below more than a decade of Steve's work in this crucial area ...


Alresford Watercress Festival 2019

Steve Brine took his family to Alresford on Sunday 19th May as the Georgian town once again hosted the Alresford Watercress Festival.

Business on the breakfast agenda

Steve Brine met with members of the local business community on Friday 5th April as he continues to take the temperature of the city’s trading environment.

Steve Brine visits Forest Holidays

Steve Brine MP recently visited Forest Holidays award-winning location in Blackwood Forest, Hampshire. The MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford discovered how the company helps to connect people with their natural woodland heritage whilst supporting the surrounding local economy. 

The Wonston Arms is named best in Britain

The Wonston Arms, a small community pub nestled in the heart of a Hampshire village, has been named the best in the country in CAMRA’s prestigious National Pub of the Year awards 2018, the most respected and well-known pub accolade in the UK.

MP addresses Business Breakfast

Steve Brine spoke to a range of local business leaders as he took part in his annual Business Breakfast on Friday 18th January.

MP visits Bike Hub at Open House Deli

Steve Brine dropped into Middle Brook Street on Friday (11th January) as he met the Bike Hub team at Winchester’s new Open House Deli.

MP visits airport as masterplan launched

Steve Brine visited Southampton International Airport today in the week a new draft masterplan was launched for the fast growing business just outside Eastleigh.

MP drops into gin academy opening

Now open in the heart of Winchester is a unique place to learn, play and create your own gin and local MP, Steve Brine, dropped into the opening on Thursday 20th September 2018.

Are you Winchester Constituency's Best Small Shop?

Steve Brine MP is calling on small shopkeepers in his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.