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.

Staggering amount of money coming to council from ASDA deal

Monopoly money graffiti:

A major, major boost to the council's finances is on the cards from the ASDA deal - but it's unclear if the council know they've disclosed it, as they officially refused to give it to us.

Wednesday, 14th January, 2015 8:42am

By Simon Perry with 77 readers' comments

Government to have greater say on production of GM crops

Green strawberry

National governments in the EU are to be given greater flexibility over the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops following a vote in the European Parliament today, which was passed with 480 in favour and 159 against.

Tuesday, 13th January, 2015 4:58pm

By Catherine Bearder with 4 readers' comments

Council considering selling Newport land for £100,000 less than valuation and asked to rush sale

IWC Land that South Coast Leisure want

South Coast Leisure are seeking a five-year option to buy council land (next to where the new ASDA is planned) for £100,000 less than the valuation and want to rush it through before the beginning of February.

Friday, 9th January, 2015 12:00pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

£10,000 grants available in ‘Drive Less, See More’ campaign

Cyclists on ryde pier:

A new grant funding opportunity dedicated to supporting sustainable transport projects on the Island has been announced by Visit Isle of Wight and the Isle of Wight Council.

Wednesday, 7th January, 2015 10:27am

By Sue Emmerson with 2 readers' comments

These are the ‘Top Ten’ excuses for late tax returns

Barak Obama

The HMRC release their top ten of terrible excuses for tax payers not submitting their tax return in time. We've love to hear some of the best/worse excuses you've heard.

Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 12:05pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Supermarket up for sale, but who will take it over? (updated)

Question mark biscuits:

There's much speculation as to which supermarket chain is looking to take on the large store that's up for sale.

Monday, 5th January, 2015 1:58pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Second New Year Honour for new owner of The George

Dianne Thompson - The George

The new(ish) owner of The George in Yarmouth has gained an even higher honour in the New Year Honours list than the CBE she had previously.

Tuesday, 30th December, 2014 10:30pm

By Sally Perry with 17 readers' comments

What’s the one thing you would change to improve the Isle of Wight?

The Thinker:

We all know the Isle of Wight is a fantastic place to live, but even greatness could be improved. If you were given a magic wand and could change something to improve the Island, what would it be? We’d love to hear your one great idea so we can share it with other

Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014 10:42am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight produce promoted through Wight Marque

Wight Marque hamper

Whatever the weather may be, it was definitely a ‘Wight Christmas’ for Carol Hope this year.

Monday, 22nd December, 2014 8:54am

By Bridget Welling

New Vestas manufacturing company receives first order

V164 Installed at Østerild, Denmark (prototype):

The new company announced last month, to serial produce blades for future offshore wind projects in the UK, has received its first order.

Saturday, 20th December, 2014 8:20am

By Matt Whitby with 2 readers' comments

Ferries, renewable energy policy and coastal access priorities for CLA in 2015

Ferries, renewable energy policy and coastal access priorities for CLA in 2015

Transport connections, review of coastal access and the Government’s renewable energy policy could have major impacts on the Isle of Wight’s rural businesses in 2015, says the CLA Director Isle of Wight Belinda Walters.

Wednesday, 17th December, 2014 3:01pm

By Isobel Shayle with 3 readers' comments

Sign up now to host Acoustic Isle Festival performances

Acoustic Isle 2014

Next February, Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) will be aiming to drive up visitor numbers and tourism spend by hosting Acoustic Isle - a festival of gigs, performances and showcases that will take place across the Island between February 26th and 8th March.

Tuesday, 16th December, 2014 10:15am

By Sue Emmerson