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. If you have some business news to share, get in touch.

Vikoma completes Management Buyout

Vikoma building

This Island-based world leader in the design and manufacture of oil and chemical pollution control systems is being bought out by its management team.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 11:44am

By Victoria Massey

Wootton Bridge: Closure expected for essential repairs

Wootton Bridge by Simon Haytack

All Islanders are aware how heavily this route is used, but the recently-detected damage to the bridge must be repaired. The impact of any closure could be considerable.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 7:30pm

By Simon Perry with 27 readers' comments

Scoot Ferry’s rival to Floating bridge launching: Into heart of Cowes

East Cowes - Cowes Foot Ferry

Scoot Ferry's new foot passenger service between East Cowes and the heart of Cowes appears considerably more convenient than the Floating bridge. Could impact takings.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 6:10pm

By Simon Perry with 8 readers' comments

Liz Earle sold by Avon for £140,000,000

Liz Earle offices

Avon was reported as buying the Isle of Wight beauty brand in 2010 for 'several millions'.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 5:35pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

M&S confirm opening date for Cowes foodhall and cafe

Marks and spencer

Back in February OnTheWight broke the news about M&S moving into Cowes Co-op this year. The retailer has now confirmed their opening date.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 11:34am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Your vote needed to help Skate Club win £1,000 for new equipment

John Cattle's Skate Club -

John Cattle's Skate Club provides a safe environment for young people to learn to skateboard. With your online vote, the club has a chance of winning £1,000 from the Mars Milk Fund.

Thursday, 9th July, 2015 8:47am

By Sally Perry

See Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde beaches from a new perspective (video)

Boats from the air

We love the rise of aerial footage (no pun intended) of the Isle of Wight. Sit back and enjoy this three minute film of Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde beaches from the air. It's glorious!

Tuesday, 7th July, 2015 1:23pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Find out how to have a Desert Island Dinner with Robert Thompson for charity

Robert Thompson

Are you looking for a fun, alternative way to entertain guests during Cowes Week? Something totally exclusive, that no-one would have done before?

Tuesday, 7th July, 2015 10:38am

By Lori Little

Ventnor No. 23 in top 50 UK beaches says The Sunday Times

Ventnor beach

We may be biased, but have to agree that Ventnor has one of the best beaches in the UK. With stunning views of the fabulous coastline, our unique seafront is an absolute jewel.

Monday, 6th July, 2015 10:09am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Council reveal preferred bidder for waste contract

Wheelie Bins

AmeyCespa has been selected as the preferred bidder for the contract to deliver waste collection and treatment services for the Isle of Wight for the next 25 years, starting in November this year.

Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 2:14pm

By IW Council Press Office with 35 readers' comments

Guildhall Visitor Info centre opens this week

Newport Guildhall

The grand opening takes place on Thursday with the new Visitor Centre open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 3pm.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 9:08am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Aldi’s plans for Lake branch approved

Aldi store

The new branch will create 40 full and part time jobs, including managerial positions.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 8:45am

By Sally Perry