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 ...


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.

Thumbs up for Windependents

Local MP Steve Brine met up with a local entrepreneur looking to promote independent shopping in Winchester (Friday 22nd June) and praised her positive outlook.

Winchester business awards 2018

The Winchester Business Excellence Awards took place this evening (Friday 1st June 2018) at a special ceremony and dinner held at the Guildhall in the heart of the City.

Steve Brine addresses Business Breakfast

Steve Brine spoke about the importance of Winchester delivering on its key projects as he addressed a business breakfast in the city on Friday 23rd February.

Winchester BID retained with solid vote

Winchester Business Improvement District will serve at least another five years, after over three quarters of city businesses voted in favour of retaining the service.