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.

‘Early’ retirement for Eddie Minghella at aged 93

Applause prompter:

We wish Eddie Minghella a long and happy retirement, but knowing how busy he likes to keep himself, we suspect he won't have his feet up for long.

Tuesday, 14th October, 2014 11:42am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Southampton Uni launches Free Digital Marketing MOOC course: Sign up now!

Southampton Uni Digital Marketing Mooc

Get yourself up to speed online with this Digital Marketing course, which OnTheWight are proud to have collaborated with Southampton University on

Monday, 13th October, 2014 4:54pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

Fantastically cute llama just born on the Island unexpectedly

How the llama became pregnant is a mystery to its owners, as the male in the group was castrated some time ago.

Monday, 13th October, 2014 12:34pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Learn why TTIP will have a big effect on the rest of your life

No TTIP protest:

Today (Saturday) sees an international day of action against the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union. You can find out more about it by heading to Newport today.

Saturday, 11th October, 2014 8:40am

By Sally Perry with 18 readers' comments

Southern Vectis shortlisted in the 2014 UK Bus Awards

Island Buses:

Southern Vectis’ Newport bus depot has been shortlisted in the highly regarded UK Bus Awards.

Thursday, 9th October, 2014 1:58pm

By Paula Good with 4 readers' comments

Find out what TTIP is and how it will affect you

No to TTIP march

Heard people talking about TTIP and have no idea what it is and how it will affect you? Head to St James’s Square, Newport on Saturday morning from 11am to find out more.

Monday, 6th October, 2014 1:02pm

By Mike Starke with 19 readers' comments

Businesses invited to community meeting to help save Christmas Funday

Father Christmas :

Retailers and other businesses are invited to get involved for what is said to be one of the busiest days of the year for businesses.

Thursday, 2nd October, 2014 7:49am

By Sally Perry

Over 300 Islanders helped through New Enterprise Allowance scheme

Outline of bodies:

Over 300 Islanders have benefited from the New Enterprise Allowance since April 2011 says Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner.

Friday, 26th September, 2014 9:45am

By Sally Perry

HMRC seize tobacco and alcohol in Southampton


An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco and alcohol in Southampton has uncovered more than 8,000 cigarettes, 5.7 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco and 500 litres of alcohol.

Thursday, 25th September, 2014 4:54pm

By Lisa Billard with 3 readers' comments

Compton Bay in Rough Guide’s Top 15 best UK beaches

Compton Beach :

Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight is one of the best beaches in the UK according to the travel experts at Rough Guides.

Tuesday, 16th September, 2014 1:45pm

By Sue Emmerson

Find out more about Medina Yard regeneration at Community Forum meeting

Medina Yard plans

Plans are being drawn up ready for submission to the Isle of Wight council. Pop along to the Community Forum meeting on Thursday to find out more.

Monday, 15th September, 2014 2:36pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Solent LEP seeks input on Strategic Economic Plan

Solent LEP seeks input on Strategic Economic Plan

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is inviting local businesses and stakeholders to a consultation session on the 6th October at the Ageas Bowl in Hedge End to discuss progress on delivering the £2.8bn Strategic Economic Plan to transform the local economy.

Monday, 15th September, 2014 11:27am

By Laura Downton with one comment