Solent Freeport announced in Chancellor’s Budget

Man punching the air whilst reading a mobile phone

Welcome news on Solent Freeport, budget will help many with final push, but much more needed for those still left out, say small firms

Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 3:20pm

By Nicola Bailey with 5 readers' comments

Important for Covid recovery plan to protect against fourth wave, say Federation of Small Businesses

Nicola Bailey and Closed Sign

Small firms urge Chancellor to deliver on “whatever it takes” pledge as road map brings some clarity

Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 9:42am

By Nicola Bailey with one comment

Solent LEP launches a free and confidential ‘Wellbeing Scheme’ for business owners

Poster for looking after wellbeing

The Solent Business Wellbeing Scheme launches Wednesday (17th February) with a one-hour virtual event, open to any small business owner in the Solent area. Book now

Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 3:57pm

By Nicola Bailey

Federation of Small Businesses calls for another 12 months of business rates relief

Sorry we are closed sign hanging in door of shop

The Government must extend business rates relief to 2022 – and finally act to extend help to beleaguered small business suppliers, say the Federation of Small Businesses

Monday, 8th February, 2021 11:53am

By Nicola Bailey with 9 readers' comments

Solent Freeport a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to level-up local communities

Reflection on the Solent

Being given Freeport status could lead to the creation of 50,000+ jobs, many of them at major new employment sites, say the Solent LEP

Friday, 5th February, 2021 2:58pm

By Rachel Kitley with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight AI innovators develop tools to help detect cancer early and help save lives

Innovative Physics company members

The CEO of the Innovative Physics says that as one in every two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, he hopes the tools they have developed be able to help spot cancer early and save lives

Friday, 5th February, 2021 9:55am

By Claire Robertson with one comment

Over £2 million paid to Isle of Wight businesses under discretionary grant scheme

Life buoy hanging on a wall

Applications to the scheme will close this coming Friday, so if you haven't already applied, now is the time to do it

Monday, 1st February, 2021 5:18pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight anaerobic digestion plant to supply low-carbon electricity to Vestas

Biogas facility at Vestas

The project is the first-of-its-kind on the Isle of Wight. Full details within

Monday, 1st February, 2021 8:39am

By James Isola with one comment

Isle of Wight businesses closed due to lockdown reminded to claim grants

fifty pound notes close up

In addition to the rolling £3,000 monthly grants, all businesses forced to close can claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000. Details within

Monday, 25th January, 2021 11:30am

By The Office of Bob Seely with one comment

Post Office still seeking someone to take on Newport vacancy before branch closes next month

The exterior of Newport Co-op

Until someone can be found to take on a Post Office in Newport, customers will have to visit alternative branches

Monday, 18th January, 2021 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Solent LEP sets out support available for Isle of Wight businesses

Brian Johnson Solent LEP

Solent LEP have developed a range of specific programmes, funding streams, on-line events and toolkits, in addition to their usual business support services

Monday, 18th January, 2021 11:33am

By Hannah Bergman-Brown

First Isle of Wight business fined for breaking Covid rules

closed sign in doorway

Businesses that breach Covid regulations can be fined, in court, of up to £10,000

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 1:39pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments