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Colin Carmichael

In just a week’s time, the Isle of Wight’s most prestigious awards are set to be presented – and Island Echo has been nominated for Micro Business of the Year!

The 2019 Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence, in association with Wightlink, will be presented on Friday 18th October 2019 in a glittering ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven. It’s the biggest night of the year for the Island’s business community.

The prestigious event will be bigger than ever, with a capacity audience of more than 400 people.

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Steven Holbrook, the Chamber’s CEO, says:

“It’s an early start, but we have so much to fit in. We are at absolute capacity and my only regret is that not everyone who wanted a ticket has been able to get one – we sold out within days of launch, with 315 sold in the first five hours”.

The ceremony will be hosted by comic actor Colin Carmichael, who grew up on the Isle of Wight and will be a familiar face from appearances in films like Hot Fuzz and St Trinians and TV shows like Midsomer Murders, Black Mirror, EastEnders, The Bill, Man Down, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and The Detectorists.

He’s often recognised for his role as of one of the runners in the 118 118 commercials. Colin went to school at Carisbrooke and Medina and he can’t wait to make his Isle of Wight comeback. He says:

“I’m really looking forward to hosting these prestigious awards and it’s great to be back on the Island where I have so many happy memories. I’m sure there will be lots of familiar faces in the room tonight! We’re going to have a great time together. Expect the unexpected!”

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20 awards, including several new categories, will be presented on the night. Once again the Island’s business community will be supporting WightAID with a charity auction as part of the evening.

Steven adds:

“The standard of our entrants this year is incredibly high. Some of the judges have had a real battle this year in determining their winners. I have been pulling in a lot of favours from some fabulous business people around the world, meaning that judging has taken place this year in Singapore, Thailand, Oman, Dubai and Ireland by French, South African, Irish and English judges, including three alumni from Oxford University.

“Moving a lot of the judging off Island last year gave us so much positive feedback that I wanted to raise the bar again this year, to once and for all make it clear to all that these are the most transparent and fair awards possible.”

The nominees are…

Start Up Business of the Year
Sponsored by PC Consultants

Island VetCare
Lintons Home Ltd
Nosy Design
Solent Youth Services

The Morris Barton Apprenticeship Award
Sponsored by Christopher Scott

The Seaview Hotel
Stoneham Construction

Retailer Award
Sponsored by NFU Mutual

Cowes Town Central
The Garlic Farm

Business in the Community Award
Sponsored by Glanvilles Damant

Action 4 Support
Northwood House Charitable Trust
Southern Co-op Retail
Vectis Radio CIC

Tourism Business Award
Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight

The Garlic Farm

Excellence in Customer Service Award – Micro Business
Sponsored by Hovertravel

Bayliss & Booth
Hillbans Pest Control
Real Employment Law Advice

Excellence in Customer Service Award – Small Business
Sponsored by Hillbans Pest Control

The Royal Hotel
Top Mops

Marketing & PR Award

The Garlic Farm
The Wight Book
Visit Isle of Wight

Growth Business Award
Sponsored by Brightbulb Design

MHI Vestas
Top Mops
WRS Systems

Green Initiative Award
Sponsored by IFPL

Red Funnel

Hospitality Business Award
Sponsored by Wightlink

Caffe Isola
The Havelock
The Royal Hotel

Manufacturing Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by WightFibre

MedTec Design Services
MHI Vestas

Technology and Innovation Award
Sponsored by Lifeline Alarms

The Seaview Hotel
Wight Computers

Employer of the Year Award
Sponsored by GKN Aerospace Cowes

MHI Vestas

International Business Award
Sponsored by Red Funnel

Innovative Physics
Isle of Wight College

Micro Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Gurit

Hillbans Pest Control
Island Echo
Real Employment Law Advice

Small Business Award
Sponsored by Liz Earle

French Franks
Island Roasted
The Tomato Stall


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