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.

Redundancy on cards for some staff with new waste contractor

recycle on the keyboard

In the first week of the contract OnTheWight hears that some jobs with the new waste contractor, Amey, are not as secure as many thought.

Thursday, 5th November, 2015 3:34pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ale, Wight Christmas, wins gold medal in World Beer awards

wight christmas bottles

Island Brewery are celebrating today as news reaches them of a Gold Award for their Isle of Wight brewed chocolate flavoured beer, Wight Christmas.

Thursday, 5th November, 2015 11:27am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Fracking consultation ‘designed to mollify concerned backbenchers’ say Greenpeace

fracking wells

Greenpeace give their initial response to the government announcement of a new consultation on banning surface drilling from fracking in some conservation areas, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 3:53pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Another Isle of Wight attraction announces closure

marine aquarium

The rising costs, zoo licensing regulation and no increase in visitor numbers has led to the decision to close Isle of Wight Aquarium that has been open for 31 years.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 3:22pm

By Sally Perry with 50 readers' comments

Controversial vote on fracking ban which could affect the Isle of Wight

fracking map

The subject of Fracking on the Isle of Wight was raised last week in our Letters pages and returns this time with news from Greenpeace.

Tuesday, 3rd November, 2015 12:41pm

By Kate Blagojevic with 5 readers' comments

Extra boost for Isle of Wight gardeners of the future

Wight in Bloom schools runner up winners

Green fingered schools who took part in Wight in Bloom 2015 have been encouraged to keep gardening with the presentation of a propagator and bulbs as a thank you for entering the competition.

Monday, 2nd November, 2015 11:14am

By Abigail Fox

Seaview Wildlife Encounter: We speak to owner as the public expresses sadness

meerkat at seaview wildlife encounter

Owners of Seaview Wildlife Encounter say the legislation and regulations governing the wildlife park are 'crippling and suffocating'.

Monday, 2nd November, 2015 9:39am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight builder sentenced for tax fraud

Ten pound notes

A builder from Newport was found guilty of taking subcontractor's tax and national insurance contributions and committing tax fraud. Full details in the report.

Thursday, 22nd October, 2015 12:07pm

By Madeline Paterson with one comment

Navitus Bay planning refusal won’t be appealed, but marine data will be shared


Navitus Bay say they will not be challenging the Government's decision to refuse the wind farm application, but do say they'll be making all marine and ecological data collected through studies and surveys available via Marine Data Exchange.

Monday, 19th October, 2015 12:52pm

By Sally Perry with 22 readers' comments

Tourism season extended on the Isle of Wight with Isle of Fright App

Isle of Fright APP

As mentioned at the beginning of the week, Visit Isle of Wight have launched a new App, Isle of Fright!

Thursday, 15th October, 2015 3:43pm

By Abigail Fox with one comment

Costa UK MD says new branch will ‘add to diversity of the High Street’

Inside costa coffee

Costa have been in touch with OnTheWight, their UK boss keen to tell Islanders what they feel their contribution to the Isle of Wight will be.

Thursday, 15th October, 2015 11:11am

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Isle of Fright: One of the best tourism videos for a long time (Updated)

isle of fright

Bravo Visit Isle of Wight on this brilliant Isle of Fright Halloween tourism trailer. We love it - Bit spooky too!

Tuesday, 13th October, 2015 7:14pm

By Sally Perry