Isle of Wight family bakery in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020 – and shortlisted for a special award

Grace's bakery family business _ team shot

In addition to the main award, Grace’s Bakery has also been shortlisted for a special award for demonstrating innovation to combat the impact of Covid-19

Thursday, 22nd October, 2020 5:14pm

By Howard Robinson with 2 readers' comments

Newport’s independent shops offer imaginative and varied Fiver Fest deals

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Just by diverting £5 of our weekly spend to local independents we give them a fighting chance to thrive. It’s a conversation worth having, says Chris from Totally Locally

Friday, 2nd October, 2020 12:16pm

By Feature Writer

Head to Ryde for the Totally Local Fiver Fest to help protect and save the High Street for the future

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The Totally Local Fiver Fest campaign’s message is to spend little and often at independent businesses to make a real difference to your high street

Thursday, 1st October, 2020 3:34pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight store shortlisted for Independent Community Retailer of the Year

bembridge southern co-operative welcome store

The Welcome store has been shortlisted in the 2020 Retail Industry Awards. Winners will be announced in January 2021

Tuesday, 15th September, 2020 11:40am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Eat Out to Help Out figures revealed

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Figures released today reveal just how many people took part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme on the Isle of Wight

Friday, 4th September, 2020 10:26am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight jobs at Costa Coffee at risk in restructure plans

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It's not yet clear how many Isle of Wight jobs are at risk as Costa Coffee announced streamline plans for branches across the UK

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 5:13pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Island Card: Isle of Wight council launch gift card scheme as part of Island’s ‘recovery blueprint’

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The Isle of Wight Council say they are looking to team up with local business associations, alongside town and parish councils, to develop pilot schemes in Newport and Ryde

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 4:29pm

By IW Council Press Office with 13 readers' comments

Pizza Express Isle of Wight to close its doors as company shut 73 restaurants

The exterior of Pizza Express

Our thoughts are with those who will now be seeking new employment, as it's now confirmed the Newport branch will close

Tuesday, 18th August, 2020 9:35pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight shopkeepers urged to enter ‘best small shops competition’

The outside of the shop Lesley's Nutshell

Judges will be looking for evidence of entrepreneurial spirit, ways small shops have been innovative and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community

Monday, 10th August, 2020 9:34am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 2 readers' comments

Face coverings will be mandatory in shops, supermarkets, shopping centres and more from Friday

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The new regulations come into force to help fight the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Details within

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 6:07pm

By Sally Perry with 29 readers' comments

Pillar in Carisbrooke community clocks up 30 years at local store

Mel Lacey with Lewis Heaven-Gandy in Carisbrooke

The store's manager says Mel has been a pillar in the Carisbrooke community for decades

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 2:48pm

By Sally Perry

Letter: Re-scheduled roadworks could be final nail in the coffin for our village’s shops (update)

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A small business owner on Godshill says they're devastated that having made it through lockdown and starting to try and build back some trade, they will now have to deal with disruptive roadworks

Sunday, 19th July, 2020 10:20am

By Anonymous with 7 readers' comments