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.

Deadline extended: Business opportunities being offered by Isle of Wight council

Deckchair Duo

Director of Regeneration's hope is that fledgling local business people will come forward and see the potential of these opportunities

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 11:48am

By IW Council Press Office with 7 readers' comments

Waitrose tell OnTheWight about importance of ‘frequent and reliable’ floating bridge service

waitrose trollies

The high-end supermarket has been quietly observing the problems with the floating bridge service but now talk about the importance of safeguarding local businesses.

Tuesday, 20th February, 2018 2:03pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Red Funnel Freight ship: First look dedicated craft

red funnel new freight vessel

Here's the first look at Red Funnel's newly-ordered ship. This one is dedicated to carrying freight only, hence it can only carry 12 passengers for the 12 HGVs it can take across its four lanes. Full size images can be seen below.

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 12:04pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

National award for Isle of Wight’s Tapnell Farm Park

Tapnell Farm Park Wallaby

Tapnell Farm Park picked up the “Small Farm Attraction of the Year” at the National Farm Attractions Network bash last month.

Monday, 12th February, 2018 1:36pm

By Oli Whitehurst

WightFibre Star Wars charity event raises over £4,500 for UKSA

star wars donations to uksa

The money goes to UKSA to fund their ‘Test the Water’ programme offering Year Six Island children a chance to spend half a day at UKSA taking part in a sailing or watersports session.

Thursday, 8th February, 2018 10:03am

By Dale Howarth

Kingston Marine Park: Funding due to be agreed

kingston marine park

The council say that infrastructure funding will help attract private sector investment – and estimates it could "eventually create around 550 long-term jobs and 20 during the construction phases".

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 4:28pm

By IW Council Press Office

Newport and Ryde retailers invited to take part in social media campaign

union street roadworks

Newport and Ryde retailers are invited to attend two launch events to find out more about using social media alongside traditional methods of marketing themselves to potential shoppers.

Thursday, 1st February, 2018 11:18am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

UKOG has sights set on 227 million barrels of oil at Arreton (updated)

UKOG licence map

As recently reported by OnTheWight, UK Oil and Gas confirm they've given up the licence for oil exploration off the coast of Compton but say their sights are now set on drilling in Arreton from 2019.

Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 8:17am

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Isle of Wight car parking just got easier

Parking ticket machine:

A new way to pay for parking on the Isle of Wight has just been switched on - one of the first places in the UK to have it.

Tuesday, 30th January, 2018 10:55am

By Simon Perry with 9 readers' comments

Impact of LloydsPharmacy reorganisation on the Isle of Wight

lloyds pharmacy in Newport with redirect

At least one branch has been closed and another is being sold as part of the nationwide reorganisation of LloydsPharmacy. OnTheWight has the details.

Monday, 29th January, 2018 11:40am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight businessman on BBC Radio 4 consumer affairs programme today

winifred robinson radio four

The leading consumer affairs programme, You and Yours, on Radio 4 will be discussing legislation that is being pushed through Parliament that will have a detrimental impact on consumers.

Thursday, 25th January, 2018 8:27am

By Sally Perry

Council to seek views of some residents on shopping habits

Red phone

The council say the phone survey is designed to find out about Island shopping patterns and will help the council understand retail needs and plan for potential future retail development.

Thursday, 25th January, 2018 7:14am

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments