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Isle of Wight Best in Business Awards 2018

HTP Apprenticeship College was delighted to sponsor Isle of Wight Radio’s first ever “Best in Business Awards”, which saw businesses from across the Island come together for a celebration event at Albert Cottage Hotel in East Cowes.

More than 1,400 nominations were cast, with 370 separate businesses nominated for awards.

Guests at the event included several Island dignitaries, including Major General Lord Lieutenant Sir Martin White, Island MP Bob Seely and Council Leader Dave Stewart.

High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight Gioia Minghella-Gibbens called it a celebration of the Island’s creativity and excitement, “The whole concept of the evening was such a treat and such a delight. It is important to celebrate our businesses on the Island.”


The winners were:

Overall Business of the Year sponsored by HTP Apprenticeship College went to Newport-based Cafe Isola.

Best Care Provider Award: Westview House

Best Family Business Award: Island Dance and Theatre Co.

Best Island Produce Award: Isle of Wight Distillery

Best New Business Award: The Island Riding Centre

Best Social Enterprise Award: Aspire Ryde

Best Website and Marketing Presence Award: Vectis Venture (Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine)

Customer Service Excellence Award: The Price is Wight

Employee of the Year Award: Phillipa Meeres (Seaview Hotel)

Retailer of the Year Award: Skintrade

Trades person of the Year Award: SM James Property Maintenance

Two categories voted for by the public – Top Day Out and Best Hospitality Venue went to Tapnell Farm and The White Mouse Inn, respectively.

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“It’s been an absolute delight to sponsor the awards. There are so many great businesses on the Island and to be able to share in their successes has been a privilege.”

Rachael Randall

Principal and Chief Executive, HTP Apprenticeship College

“We wanted to set up an awards ceremony that celebrated and recognised all types of businesses on the island. It was great to see so many people – and companies – supporting the event and picking up awards.”

Claire Willis

Managing Director, Isle of Wight Radio

“It’s been a great evening with an excellent atmosphere. Businesses are doing a fantastic job on the Island. For all businesses – whether they won an award or not – they deserve to be recognised. I hope we can do it all again next year!”

Bob Seely MP

Isle of Wight

“It’s an exciting new event started by Isle of Wight Radio which recognises a lot of businesses which haven’t necessarily been recognised in other ways.  It has been a great first celebration event.”

Major General Sir Martin White

Lord Lieutenant, Isle of Wight

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