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.

Gov figures show Rates revaluation will see extra £1m paid by Isle of Wight businesses (updated)

Monopoly houses and coins by Images of Money:

80% of areas in the country will see a decrease (or no change) to their Business Rates following the Government's revaluation. Official figures seen by OnTheWight show Isle of Wight businesses can expect an increase.

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017 9:17am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

MHI Vestas launched the Parliamentary Blades Project

Andrew Turner at MHI Vestas

The project celebrates the Island based manufacturer's contribution to the UK economy, advances in offshore wind technology, and the rapidly falling cost of electricity from offshore wind.

Friday, 17th February, 2017 9:21am

By Emma jackson with 12 readers' comments

End of an era as Cameo of Cowes announces closure

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The shop that specialises in selling items from unclaimed lost property will be closing this year after 45 years of trading and 32 years in Cowes. It will be sorely missed by Islanders and visitors.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 8:57am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Research into local energy companies raises more questions for council to consider

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When this reader heard the Isle of Wight council planned to invest in a local energy company he took time to research other similar schemes across the country. His research raises valid questions that councillors may need to consider before going ahead with the scheme.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 4:21pm

By Anonymous with 4 readers' comments

Out of work benefit claims on the Isle of Wight for January 2017

job centre plus

There was a rise from the previous month, but a drop from the same time the previous year.

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 9:46am

By Sally Perry

Monkey Haven strikes Gold with VisitEngland

Javan Langurs at Monkey Haven

This is the second gold in weeks for the animal sanctuary near Newport that is home to monkeys, bird of prey, meerkats, reptiles and other exotic creatures.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 5:11pm

By Feature Writer with one comment

Regeneration team putting Isle of Wight ambitions on the map

regeneration site

The new regeneration programme, conceived and created by the Island Independents, gets underway with the regeneration team attending their first event to put the ambitions of the Isle of Wight on the map.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 4:55pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Almost 100 summons hearings for non-payment by WightBID levy payers

Courtroom gavel

Of the 1,012 Wight Bid levy payers, 97 have not paid their bill for 2016/17 despite reminders from the Council and VisitIW. Attendance at a workshop is being offered in order to wipe clean their court costs.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 1:05pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Planning reforms aimed at boosting rural productivity welcomed


Landowners have welcomed a commitment to support rural economic growth as part of the Rural Planning Review.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 10:13am

By Helen Symes

Jed becomes youngest ‘A Panel’ poultry judge in the UK

jed dwight -a panel

Island-born poultry judge and former Chairman of the Isle of Wight Young Farmers, Jed Dwight, is now the youngest A Panel judge in the UK, and one of the youngest ever to be elevated to the Panel.

Wednesday, 8th February, 2017 7:52am

By Jed Dwight with one comment

Jobs OnTheWight launch: Finding jobs or staff on the Isle of Wight just got easier

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We've worked really hard to ensure Jobs OnTheWight works as well as possible for Isle of Wight Job Seekers and Employers. Sign up now (it's easy!) and start reaping the benefits.

Monday, 6th February, 2017 1:08pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

English B&Bs dominate top ten World’s Best list

Isle of Wight B&B

With five B&Bs in the World's Best top ten list being in England, this could be a great chance for Isle of Wight B&Bs to capitalise on the media attention.

Tuesday, 24th January, 2017 5:41pm

By Sally Perry