The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards will return to Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday 6th May 2022, with entries opening on 1st December.

The Island’s most prestigious awards are being presented for the first time since 2019, due to the pandemic, and will be sponsored by WightFibre.

Each entry is judged by impartial experts, drawn from across the UK and the world. Businesses will be assessed objectively and judged wholly on their submission, which should reflect activity and success in the 2021 calendar year. Any Island-based business can enter; they don’t need to be members of the Isle of Wight Chamber.

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Steven Holbrook, Chief Executive of IW Chamber, says:

“We’re thrilled to be once again looking forward to the biggest night of the year for the business community. It’s a real opportunity to bring people together to celebrate success, in what has been an unprecedented and difficult time for us all.

“In the last year businesses have evolved, shown resilience and overcome all sorts of challenges as a result of the pandemic. We’ll be recognising those outstanding achievements at our awards ceremony on the 6th May.”

This year’s category list includes a new Entrepreneur of the Year Award, along with the Made On The Isle of Wight Award which recognises homegrown success, as well as a Launched in 2021 Award which spotlights a newly launched product or brand.

The event hasn’t been held since October 2019 because of the pandemic. Bringing the ceremony back in 2022 presented an opportunity to reposition the awards night as a precursor to the summer, rather than at the end of the year.

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Island Echo was crowned Micro Business of the Year at the 2019 event.

L-R: Darren Toogood with Kevin Cadd from Gurit UK (award sponsors). Photo by Robin Crossley Photographer

Steven adds:

“I would recommend that every Island business enters for an IW Chamber Business Award. The process makes a business look at themselves from a distance – to analyse the things they do well, which can often highlight areas for potential growth too.

WightFibre’s CEO, John Irvine, adds:

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“WightFibre is proud to be the overall sponsor of the 2022 IW Chamber Business Awards – this prestigious night does so much to celebrate the success of the IW Chamber and the Island’s business community. WightFibre are thrilled to be part of it”.

Entries will open from Wednesday 1st December and all entries must be submitted online by close of play on Tuesday 1st February 2022. Judging will then take place and a shortlist will be published at the end of March.

The categories in full

Start Up Business of the Year
Sponsored by PC Consultants

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Liz Earle

Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Hovertravel

Business in the Community Award
Sponsored by WightFibre

Workplace Health and Well-being Award
Sponsored by BCM

Training and Development Award
Sponsored by Hillbans Pest Control

Environment and Sustainability Award
Sponsored by NFU Mutual

Technology and Innovation Award
Sponsored by Lifeline Alarms

Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Year
Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight

Manufacturing and Export Business of the Year
Sponsored by GKN

Made on the Isle of Wight Award
Sponsored by Red Funnel

Launched in 2021 Award
Sponsored by IFPL

Growth Business of the Year
Sponsored by WRS Systems

Micro Business of the Year
Sponsored by Gurit

Small Business of the Year
Sponsored by Wightlink

Also presented on the night:

IW Chamber Member of the Year
IW Chamber President’s Award
IW Chamber Business of the Year

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Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
6 months ago

Where is the “Claim furlough money from the Government while forcing your staff to work” award. I could name one BIG Local Isle of Wight Company that did that…. anyone want to know who it is?

I Can’t Really Till you.


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