Oh So Cherished!: Isle of Wight Internet success story

We strongly believe that Internet businesses could revolutionise the Island’s economy, so it’s great to see this online Island business doing so well. Do you know of more?


Oh So Cherished! is a strong and growing small Island business that it’s more than likely most Islanders have never heard of.

Online success
The secret of this business that sells wedding stationery and other custom paper supplies is that they do all of their business online, over the Internet, through their Website.

We met with Sarah Whalley, at their then-Whitwell base, a few years back and marvelled at how she had grown the business from her bedroom in 2006 to a considerable online presence.

It’s a great, real-world example that shows with a good idea and the determination to follow it through, trading over the Internet could revolutionise the Island’s economy.

Further expansion
Well now we read that Sarah’s business has expanded beyond the point that Dean Farm in Whitwell can hold her no longer. The business will be moving into Old Granary Barn and The Old Dairy, at Sandy Lane, Whitecroft.

Great to see an Island business doing so well.

Image: © Used with the kind permission of Oh So Cherished!

Monday, 21st January, 2013 12:16pm


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mike starke
Congratulations to Sarah Whalley on her internet business success and the inspiration it should give to the Island’s economic future. I know this makes sense. I worked for a mainland company from home, online for a decade in the 1990s and became a founder member of what was called the Telecottage Association exactly 20 years ago. The idea was to encourage “teleworking” as an employment option, especially… Read more »
Mike, I’ve been working from home for the past 14 years for a US based company. We have a number of people around the UK who do the same thing. Working from home can be lonely at times and I’ve always wanted a local hub, co-working space somewhere on the Island where I could meet up with others Something like this would be great to work towards… Read more »
I too was a founder member of Telecottage – I remember going to Warwickshire to learn about it and being exciting about the possibilities for the Island and other rural areas. That was mid 90s I think but then people started getting internet at home much more quickly than expected…maybe a network rather than a hub would work now? What a lovely story about Oh So Cherished.… Read more »