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.

White dots appearing on Newport’s pavements are just one Covid-19 measure to look for next week

social distancing keep 2m apart sticker on shop floor

There will be a bunch of new things appearing in Newport next week in anticipation of the shops re-opening

Thursday, 4th June, 2020 10:05am

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

‘We can’t stay in lockdown forever’ says Isle of Wight council leader, as restrictions are eased

Dave Stewart

Leader of the council, Dave Stewart, says a key part of recovery will be that everyone continues to take personal responsibility for their actions

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 2:43pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Islander’s ‘Profitable Couch’ podcast No.2 in the iTunes Charts: Help it reach the top spot

Nikki Collinson-Phenix

Islander Nikki Collinson-Phenix launched her podcast just over a week ago and has already reached number two in the iTunes Top 200 charts for Entrepreneurship. You can help her reach the top

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 12:35pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight McDonald’s drive-thru re-opening is minutes away

mcdonalds drive thru sign

McDonald's have just confirmed to News OnTheWight that their Isle of Wight Drive-Thru is re-opening shortly for the first time since lockdown. Will it attract the massive traffic jams seen elsewhere in the country?

Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020 10:52am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

World first project powering railways with renewable energy being developed on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight solar panels

Colin Palmer from Wight Community Energy says a radical approach is needed if we are to be successful in achieving a shift to 100% renewable energy

Monday, 1st June, 2020 12:26pm

By Bex Pearce with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council opens applications Covid-19 discretionary grants for businesses falling through the gaps

fifty pound note

Cllr Stewart says that while there is some local discretion, there may be some exclusions where the council's hands are still tied by the overriding government criteria

Wednesday, 27th May, 2020 5:09pm

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Council urges caution visiting beaches and esplanades – and asks second home owners to stay away

Stay away from beaches sign

Dave Stewart says, "It remains the council's priority to protect our Island community in the best way that we can" and urges second home owners to stay away from the Island

Thursday, 21st May, 2020 12:06pm

By Sally Perry with 12 readers' comments

Letter: Can we expect more Government support after the App trial?

House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge

This reader suggests the ferries should be nationalised and the airport expanded to boost tourism accessibility, but questions whether the Government will support the Isle of Wight after the App trial

Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 8:16am

By Thomas Munro with 8 readers' comments

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Scheme to launch later this month

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This scheme will allow small and medium sized employers, with fewer than 250 employees, to apply to HMRC to recover the costs of paying coronavirus-related statutory sick pay

Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 6:36am

By Lisa Billard

Could the Isle of Wight be designated a duty-free zone to help kick-start UK economy?

Dufry duty free shopping mall on the isle of wight cropped

Business intelligence publisher, Martin Moodie, asks whether designating the Isle of Wight a duty free zone could be what's needed to help kick-start the UK economy after the C19-induced recession. What do you think?

Monday, 18th May, 2020 1:00pm

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments

Garden centres given Government permission to reopen to the public from today

garden centre with lots of flowers

Guidance is in place to allow the reopening of garden centres to the public from today. Details within

Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 10:53am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Day trippers to the Isle of Wight asked to ‘stay away’: ‘It’s not yet safe’ says council leader

stop sign

In light of the new advice from the Government, the leader of Isle of Wight council says it is not yet safe for for tourists to visit the Island

Tuesday, 12th May, 2020 4:35pm

By IW Council Press Office with 15 readers' comments