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

Ryde fiver fest poster

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

Saturday, 15th February, 2020 10:25am

By Feature Writer

People’s Gallery to close, but bright future for town, says Biz Assoc.

closing down sign in shop window

Chair of the Business Association says the town has a bright future with a minimum of £900,000 being invested in the High Street

Monday, 3rd February, 2020 11:14am

By Peter Gruner

Isle of Wight Christmas Advert encourages support for independent shops, artists and crafters

sandy and lucy smiling at the camera

Isle of Wight artist and film maker Lucy Bell has released this Christmas advert aiming to remind shoppers to buy from local independent shops, artists and crafters this Christmas

Saturday, 23rd November, 2019 10:28am

By Sandy Ciccognani

Isle of Wight flagmaker’s work supports Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans Campaign

Liz Cooke's Greenpeace flag on vessel in the Arctic

Isle of Wight's Liz Cooke has created a set of flags for each leg of a Greenpeace expedition, sailing from the Arctic to the Antarctic to document the state of our oceans

Friday, 11th October, 2019 9:52am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Support independent Isle of Wight bookshops, says MP

bob seely and gail middleton posing in bookshop for photo

Bob Seely says small independent bookshops provide a social hub, as well as contributing to the fabric of our town centres

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 1:12pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 5 readers' comments

Shock as only shop in village – a ‘hub of the community’ – to close (update 3)

u-turn sign

After locals put in lots of work to buy the shop as a Community Asset for the village, the owner has suddenly changed his mind, says the Parish council Chairman, labelling it 'callous'

Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 3:26pm

By Ron Groves with 2 readers' comments

Mrs Middleton’s wins Muddy Stilettos Best Bookshop Awards

Gail Downey Middleton standing outside her shop

Gail thanks those who voted for her, saying, "It's so encouraging when you run a small business to feel so well supported".

Thursday, 23rd May, 2019 3:22pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight skateboarding brand Wight Trash 15 years old and still going strong

john cattle with martha and bam margera

Legendary Isle of Wight skateboarder, John Cattle, founded Wight Trash back in 2004. 15 years on and the brand is known around the world, he's running skate session five days a week and will be celebrating five years of having a shop in Ryde this summer.

Monday, 1st April, 2019 8:29pm

By Sally Perry

Solent LEP launches Brexit tool for businesses

computer keyboard and paperwork

The Solent BREXIT Toolkit will take about 15 minutes to complete and will highlight resources and events available to your business’s specific requirements.

Thursday, 28th March, 2019 2:32pm

By Stuart Hunt

New micro brewery plans for Sandown get government cash boost

man walking through a microbrewery with barrels

A good chunk of government funding is now making its way to the Isle of Wight to kick-start a new micro brewery.

Saturday, 23rd March, 2019 12:01am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Jeremy Deller’s life-size inflatable Stone Henge joins Wyatt and Jack’s Inflatable Amnesty

life size inflatable stone henge

Isle of Wight's Wyatt & Jack are responsible for the Inflatable Amnesty movement, which is spanning the globe and now boasts their biggest single haul, the 5.5 tonnes of life-size inflatable Stone Henge, created by world-renowned artist, Jeremy Deller.

Friday, 22nd March, 2019 10:12am

By Sally Perry

Sixth formers collaborate with Wyatt and Jack to avoid school banners going to landfill

ryde school and wyatt and jack bags with 'green people' cropped

A group of young people at Ryde School - who work hard to raise awareness of environmental issues - recently teamed up with Isle of Wight small business, Wyatt and Jack, to collaborate on a project aimed at reducing what goes into landfill.

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 3:51pm

By Sally Perry with 14 readers' comments