Keep it LOCAL winner revealed

Little Sanctuary is voted favourite shop by the public. Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, launched a unique search in May of this year to find Winchester’s best local shop, service or business.

The ‘Keep it LOCAL’ competition asked members of the public to nominate their favourite as part of a wider campaign to encourage people to support independent shops and businesses.


Steve says: “The intention was to support the many long-established independent shops that are such a feature of Winchester and the surrounding villages.  Hundreds of entries were sent in and Little Sanctuary emerged as the public choice. 

Awarding the first ‘Keep it LOCAL’ trophy to the owner of the ‘spiritual coffee shop and boutique’ on Friday, Steve said; “I have been blown away by the number of nominations we received for this competition.  There are obviously a lot of people who agree that we have to support these independent shops and business if we want them to survive and remain part of what makes this such a special place to live, visit and work.  In the end it came down to D&G Hardware and Little Sanctuary but the Sanctuary team just edged it. 

“It is exactly the sort of unique independent business that needs to thrive if Winchester is to avoid the fate of so many towns and cities and become solely a parade of national chains.  Judging by the emails I received in nominating Little Sanctuary, they obviously have some extremely loyal customers; they are worthy winners of the Keep it LOCAL trophy.”

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Pictured above; Steve Brine presenting the 'Keep it LOCAL' trophy to a delighted Melody Ann Buckland.