Bob Seely on his return from London and responsible self-isolation

bob seely standing portrait

News OnTheWight has been in touch with Bob Seely about his return from London, self-isolation and if he’s been tested, after readers sent us questions

Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 10:17am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council to make Government grant payments for qualifying business ratepayers

Trees outside County Hall

The council is preparing to make payments to those eligible businesses as swiftly as it is able

Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 9:47am

By IW Council Press Office with one comment

Isle of Wight to receive £5m additional funding to deal with Covid-19 impact

hospital beds

The funding will be used to enhance hospital discharge processes so patients who no longer need urgent treatment can return home safely and quickly

Monday, 30th March, 2020 5:00pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

No business wants to endanger employees, but we should add workers to list of heroes, says Quigley

Richard Quigley

Labour's Richard Quigley says that rather than demonise firms such as GKN, Vestas and Vikoma for keeping their staff working, we should add the brave men and women going into work to the list of heroes and do everything we can to keep them safe

Monday, 30th March, 2020 3:54pm

By Julian Critchley with 11 readers' comments

Solent LEP assembles Solent Task Force to tackle Coronavirus and help businesses

woman using a laptop computer

The Solent LEP say the Task Force has been set up to share best practice and intelligence, particularly related to business rates relief and administering the small grants programme

Monday, 30th March, 2020 3:01pm

By Sally Perry

How to follow the Government’s Coronavirus measures to Stay at Home

How to protect yourself

If you are unclear about any of the new measures to stay at home, OnTheWight has gathered all the relevant links to Government guidance. Details within

Monday, 30th March, 2020 8:30am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Government temporarily suspend competition law to allow ferry companies to coordinate routes and flow of goods

House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge

The Business Secretary is to waive competition law to allow Isle of Wight ferry operators to coordinate to keep routes open and essential goods flowing

Friday, 27th March, 2020 10:50am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

GKN and MHI Vestas respond to News OnTheWight’s questions about workers still being onsite

factory worker

Here are the responses GKN and MHI Vestas gave to News OnTheWight after Islanders got in contact with us about their concerns that people were still working on site

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 1:31pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

MP pushes Gov to allow IW ferry companies to legally talk to ensure ferries can keep running

bob seely in parliament

Currently competition law forbids the three cross-Solent operators from speaking. The MP is pushing in Westminster for an exemption to be given, to ensure a working link between the Isle of Wight and the Mainland is kept running

Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 11:50am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

‘We’ll be ready to welcome you in good health when the time is right’ says tourism boss to holidaymakers


The head of Visit Isle of Wight urges holidaymakers to stick to the rules imposed by the UK Government

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 3:07pm

By Will Myles with 4 readers' comments

MP speaks in Parliament on ‘importance of looking after the self-employed’

bob seely westminster hall send debate

The Isle of Wight MP spoke up for the Island's self employed during the Coronavirus Bill debate

Tuesday, 24th March, 2020 11:41am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Government says don’t use second homes for isolation purposes (updated)


The Government are citing extra pressures on communities and services already at risk

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 8:12am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments