Isle of Wight business – It’s not just tourism

The Isle of Wight is host to a wide variety of businesses and we love to celebrate their success. As well as farming and agriculture, tourism and manufacturing, the Isle of Wight is fast becoming home to new technologies and online businesses.

WightBID vote: 63% of votes said Yes

yes graffiti

63% of Isle of Wight businesses who voted in the Wight BID ballot voted Yes to forming the new tourism programme.

Wednesday, 13th July, 2016 1:42pm

By Sue Emmerson with 5 readers' comments

Astro turf and picket fencing in St Thomas’ Square?

astro turf example

The Parish Council, Island Roads, the Vicar and planning services have all objected to an 8x3m area outside El Patron having outside seating with Astro-Turf and picket fencing. The Licensing Sub Committee will consider the fate next week.

Wednesday, 13th July, 2016 12:48pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight vote Yes for Wight Tourism BID

yes ticket

The ballot has closed, the results are in and the answer is Yes! The Isle of Wight will now be able to develop the Business Improvement District.

Wednesday, 13th July, 2016 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

How David Coulthard’s F1 racing helmet came to the Isle of Wight

Guido Oakley with David Coulthard F1 helmet by Julian Winslow - April 2016

Listen and read how Isle of Wight artist Guido Oakley had the honour of working with F1 Racing driver David Coulthard's helmet (used in an actual F1 GP) to produce stunning works of art, sold at Monte Carlo auctions.

Saturday, 9th July, 2016 5:10pm

By Simon Perry

Win £10,000 for your local high street in Great British High Street Comp

Great british high street illustration

There's a chance to win up to £10,000 for your local highs street in one of the several categories. Now in its third year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.

Friday, 8th July, 2016 3:02pm

By Amina Makele with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight rival votes ‘Yes’ to their tourism BID

Yes No tickets

Competitor for holidaymakers, Torbay, have voted 'Yes' to their tourism BID. Isle of Wight businesses who derive an income from tourism can make their vote count in the WightBID ballot which closes next Tuesday.

Thursday, 7th July, 2016 3:05pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘Ultimate Salon of the Year’ award for Ventnor’s Hair Shack

salon business awards

Fantastic news for all at The Hair Shack and a great boost for Ventnor and the Isle of Wight. Well done to Carol and the team.

Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 4:48pm

By Sally Perry

Ryde businesses: Share your ideas on two of the town’s major events


The new-look Ryde Business Association meets tonight (Wednesday) at 7pm at Ryde Library. If you have a business in Ryde (all types welcome) why not pop along and share your views.

Wednesday, 6th July, 2016 9:38am

By Sally Perry

Time-lapse footage of the new floating bridge being built

floating bridge time lapse

Sit back for three minutes to watch this great time lapse video shot by Mainstay Marine of the new floating bridge being built. It's due for completion by the end of the year.

Tuesday, 5th July, 2016 3:54pm

By Sally Perry

Wight BID: Unexpected collaboration under discussion


Visit Isle of Wight has confirmed they've held discussions with an unexpected partner and that if the Wight BID is approved they will collaborate.

Thursday, 30th June, 2016 11:31am

By Abigail Fox with 3 readers' comments

Rural businesses have seen opportunity to reduce red tape says CLA

Red Tape

President of the CLA says voters have "seen the opportunity to exploit new global markets and reduce the red tape".

Friday, 24th June, 2016 3:27pm

By Isobel Bretherton with 56 readers' comments

More public involvement could help Island’s financial crisis

Abacus :

A number of strategies to tackle the financial crisis of the Isle of Wight were discussed at the public meting held on Saturday.

Tuesday, 21st June, 2016 8:48am

By Diana Conyers with 100 readers' comments