IOW Group wins top accolade at IW Chamber Business Awards

By Carole Dennett May 11, 2024
IOW Group wins Business of the Year

The success of the Island’s business community was celebrated in style last night, at the Isle of Wight Chamber Business Awards sponsored by Wightfibre.

Double Olympic Gold medallist and TV presenter Shirley Robertson handed out the trophies at Cowes Yacht Haven, hosting the Island’s most prestigious event for the first time.

IOW Group was named Business of The Year, also winning the Technology & Innovation and Manufacturing & Export categories. Managing director, Brett Nicholls told the capacity crowd he was thrilled to receive three trophies in their first year at the Chamber Awards.

The President’s Cup for Outstanding Contribution was presented to Rachael Randall, the founder of HTP Apprenticeship College, recognising her business success as well as her support for the wider economy as part of the Solent LEP, Visit Isle of Wight and Solent Partners. Rachael spoke movingly of her passion for the Isle of Wight and her thrill at seeing the drive and success of Island young people.

Nosy Agency won the Environment & Sustainability award, as well as being named Member of The Year by the Chamber, recognising the company’s support to the Chamber team.

Quay Arts won the newly introduced Creative Impact award. Other winners were Wight Coaches, Acorn Interiors, W Hurst & Sons, Datum Electronics, UKSA, BeCalmed, Luccombe Hall Hotel, JR Zone, PC Consultants, Nettlecombe Farm, MedTec Design and Island Holiday Company.

In all 42 Island businesses were nominated at this year’s event, which was once again supported by WightFibre as headline sponsor.

Start Up Business of the Year – sponsored by PC Consultants

Nominated: Cherry Godfrey, Wight Coaches and Wight Vets

Winner: Wight Coaches

Highly Commended: Wight Vets

Entrepreneurship Award – sponsored by Liz Earle

Nominated: Acorn Interiors, Julia Tanner Art and Wed & Prosper

Winner: Acorn Interiors

Customer Service Award – sponsored by Red Funnel

Nominated: Grace’s Bakery, Preziosa Dachshunds, Southern Vectis, W Hurst & Son and Wed & Prosper

Winner: W Hurst & Son

Growth Business of the Year – sponsored by WRS Systems

Nominated: Datum Electronics, PC Consultants and Wight Coaches

Winner: Datum Electronics

Highly Commended: PC Consultants

Highly Commended: Wight Coaches

Community Award – sponsored by Moore (South) LLP

Nominated: Mountbatten, Tidal Family Support, UKSA, Vectis Radio and Wessex Cancer Support

Winner: UKSA

Environment and Sustainability Award – sponsored by IFPL

Nominated: Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, GKN Aerospace Cowes and Nosy Agency

Winner: Nosy Agency

Highly Commended: Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd

Training and Development Award – sponsored by JR Zone

Nominated: BeCalmed, Top Mops and Vestas Blades UK

Winner: BeCalmed

Hospitality Business of the Year – sponsored by Cherry Godfrey

Nominated: The Blacksmiths, Island Holiday Company and Luccombe Hall Hotel

Winner: Luccombe Hall Hotel

Highly Commended: Island Holiday Company

Technology and Innovation Award – sponsored by Lifeline Alarms

Nominated: Abundance Movement, Innovative Physics, IOW Group and XRD Nano

Winner: IOW Group

Tourism and Leisure Business of the Year – sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight

Nominated: Blackgang Chine, JR Zone and The Terrace Rooms & Wine

Winner: JR Zone

Creative Impact Award – sponsored by Medina Publishing

Nominated: Monkton Arts, Quay Arts and Visit Isle of Wight

Winner: Quay Arts

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Diametric Technical Ltd

Nominated: Datum Electronics, PC Consultants and Vestas Blades UK

Winner: PC Consultants

Manufacturing and Export Business of the Year – sponsored by GKN Aerospace Cowes

Nominated: IOW Group and MedTec Design

Winner: IOW Group

Business Social Impact Award – sponsored by WightFibre

Nominated: Nettlecombe Farm, RenoDrain, Right At Home and W Hurst & Son

Winner: Nettlecombe Farm

Micro Business of the Year – sponsored by Gurit

Nominated: JR Zone, MedTec Design, Nosy Agency

Winner: MedTec Design

Highly Commended: Nosy Agency

Small Business of the Year – sponsored by Wightlink

Nominated: Acorn Interiors, Island Holiday Company, Richardsons Yacht Services and Seaview Hotel

Winner: Island Holiday Company

Member of the Year: Nosy Agency

President’s Cup – Outstanding Contribution : Rachael Randall

Business of the Year: IOW Group