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.

Isle of Wight’s Vikoma secures £300,000 government-backed guarantees to export equipment to help clean-up oil spills

vikoma high sprint version

The government-backed guarantees will help Vikoma deliver on the 25 tenders to export equipment that will help contain and clean-up oil spills in marine and industrial centres across the globe

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 9:54am

By Natalie Addis

Isle of Wight companies donate or help make vital equipment in the fight against Coronavirus

MHI Vestas delivering donated items

MHI Vestas and GKN Aerospace are both involved in donating or making items to help in the fight against Coronavirus

Monday, 30th March, 2020 7:55pm

By Sally Perry

No business wants to endanger employees, but we should add workers to list of heroes, says Quigley

Richard Quigley

Labour's Richard Quigley says that rather than demonise firms such as GKN, Vestas and Vikoma for keeping their staff working, we should add the brave men and women going into work to the list of heroes and do everything we can to keep them safe

Monday, 30th March, 2020 3:54pm

By Julian Critchley with 9 readers' comments

Solent LEP assembles Solent Task Force to tackle Coronavirus and help businesses

woman using a laptop computer

The Solent LEP say the Task Force has been set up to share best practice and intelligence, particularly related to business rates relief and administering the small grants programme

Monday, 30th March, 2020 3:01pm

By Sally Perry

‘Urgent action needed to protect workers’ from Coronavirus, says IW Green Party

factory worker

Vix Lowthion says it's unreasonable for employees to choose between a job or the health of their family

Friday, 27th March, 2020 5:41pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Find Isle of Wight business to deliver to your home with the just-launched ‘A to Z to Me’ Website

Screen grab of the website A to Z to Me

This just-launched Website, created by Islanders for Islanders, will help those living on the Isle of Wight find which business will deliver to their homes - Goods of all sorts and is free to use

Friday, 27th March, 2020 3:30pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Government temporarily suspend competition law to allow ferry companies to coordinate routes and flow of goods

House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge

The Business Secretary is to waive competition law to allow Isle of Wight ferry operators to coordinate to keep routes open and essential goods flowing

Friday, 27th March, 2020 10:50am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight tourism businesses band together to spread vital message: The Island Will Wait

The Island Will Wait

Islanders are being asked to support the campaign - Don't Cancel ... Postpone - by downloading the image to show support for the tourism industry

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 5:31pm

By Simon Clark

Captiva Homes announces closure of construction site, ‘to protect the Island community’

construction site

The Island-based company owners say they have made the decision for all build activity to be safely paused across their West Acre Park site

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 4:15pm

By Andrew Titmuss with 4 readers' comments

GKN and MHI Vestas respond to News OnTheWight’s questions about workers still being onsite

factory worker

Here are the responses GKN and MHI Vestas gave to News OnTheWight after Islanders got in contact with us about their concerns that people were still working on site

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 1:31pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Liz Earle tells OnTheWight they are reducing number of staff on site from today

Liz Earle offices

After rumours had spread that Liz Earle still had a lot of people working on site, OnTheWight contacted them to find out how things stood

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 5:04pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Distillery now making not-for-profit hand sanitiser – especially for key workers

someone using hand sanistiser

How’s that for giving to the community? Isle of Wight Distillery is producing not-for-profit hand sanitiser for key workers and organisations experiencing shortages. Detail inside

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 5:50pm

By Ginnie Taylor