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.

Isle of Wight restaurant faces £20,000 fine for employing illegal worker

Immigration officers

Unless the business can prove the correct right-to-work checks were carried out, it faces a £20,000 fine for employing an illegal worker.

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014 10:42am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

New legislation on the way to help small businesses says MP

New legislation on the way to help small businesses says MP

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, introduced by the Government on the 25th June will be debated in Parliament at its second reading on the 15th of this month.

Tuesday, 8th July, 2014 2:32pm

By Andrew Turner's Office

Isle of Wight Centre of Excellence for composites, advanced manufacturing and marine technology gets £11m funding

Carbon fibre sheet by x1brett

There's some really positive news today on help to prepare Isle of Wight students for work in the fast-growing world of Composite materials.

Monday, 7th July, 2014 4:18pm

By Simon Perry with 3 readers' comments

£15m funding boost for Red Funnel’s new terminals project

Red Funnel East Cowes Terminal

A boost from the Local Growth Fund should result in improved connections at two new Red Funnel ferry terminals.

Monday, 7th July, 2014 8:30am

By Sally Perry with 19 readers' comments

ASDA reveal dates for new supermarket in Newport

ASDA and blue sky

Now the planning application has been approved, ASDA's head of UK Property Communications shares plans with OnTheWight.

Thursday, 3rd July, 2014 9:32am

By Sally Perry with 20 readers' comments

Look forward to a summer of music and arts on the Isle of Wight


There is always so much to see and do on the Isle of Wight over the summer months. Visit Isle of Wight share a few ideas.

Friday, 27th June, 2014 12:36pm

By Sue Emmerson

Another Tourist Information Point opens on the Isle of Wight

East Cowes Tourist Information Point

Following the former Conservative council's decision to close all Tourist Information centres, there are now eleven Tourist Information Points dotted around the Isle of Wight.

Tuesday, 24th June, 2014 11:10am

By Holly Kirby with 2 readers' comments

Concerns expressed over changes to minicab licensing

Minicabs sign:

The Local Government Association says the deregulation could result in drivers with a criminal background such as alleged sexual assaults, rapes, terrorist activity drug dealing and organised crime, exploiting the system.

Monday, 23rd June, 2014 10:57am

By Lynne Kyle with one comment

Compton Bay voted seventh best British beach by travel writers

Compton Bay

Popular with residents and visitors alike, it's no surprise that Telegraph travel writers voted Compton Bay the seventh est beach in Great Britain.

Friday, 20th June, 2014 7:55am

By Sally Perry

Councillors decide fate of ASDA planning application next month

ASDA and blue sky

If ASDA get the go ahead to build a new supermarket on St George's Way in Newport, they say it will create 450 jobs.

Thursday, 19th June, 2014 10:36am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Young Isle of Wight entrepreneurs meet HRH Princess Beatrice

Jade Anderson Raven Lyness Anna Lancaster and Chris Philpott :

Four young people who received help from the Isle of Wight Council to start their own businesses attended a lunch with HRH Princess Beatrice on Monday 16 June.

Wednesday, 18th June, 2014 9:08am

By IW Council Press Office

£3.7m fund for Solent businesses opens today

20 pound notes :

The fund has been extended to include any SMEs in the Solent maritime, defence, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and general services support for the defence and advanced manufacturing cluster supply chains.

Monday, 16th June, 2014 10:55am

By Laura Downton