Overall Winner - BIB Caffe Isola

Businesses from across the Island have been celebrated at the first ever Isle of Wight Radio Best in Business Awards, in partnership with HTP Apprenticeship College.

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.

And High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight Gioia Minghella-Giddens 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 first award of the night – Best Care Provider sponsored by Care UK Southampton Treatment Centre – was handed over by event hosts Paul Topping and Emily Wells, to Westview House.

The Best Family Business Award sponsored by Red Squirrel Property Shop went to Island Dance and Theatre Co, while the Best Island Produce Award sponsored by Isle of Wight Fuels went to Isle of Wight Distillery.

Speaking about the night, Major General Lord Lieutenant Sir Martin White, said:

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

More than 200 people attended the inaugural event at Albert Cottage in East Cowes.

The Best New Business Award sponsored by Wight Fire and Security was picked up by The Island Riding Centre, while Best Social Enterprise Award sponsored by Federation of Small Business went to Aspire Ryde.

The Best Website and Marketing Presence Award sponsored by Coast and Country Marquees was Vectis Ventures (Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine), while the Customer Service Excellence Award sponsored by Central Garage went to The Price Is Wight.

The coveted Employee of the Year Award sponsored by WP recruitment went to long-serving Seaview Hotel staff member, Philippa Meeres – who has been with the business for 20 years.

Employee of the Year – Phillipa Meeres

Island MP Bob Seely said:

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

The Retailer of the Year Award sponsored by The Needles Landmark Attraction was handed to Skintrade, while Tradesperson of The Year Award sponsored by Jewson was picked up by SM James Property Maintenance.

Two categories voted for by the public – Top Day Out sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight and Best Hospitality Venue sponsored by Wightlink – went to Tapnell Farm and the Wight Mouse Inn, respectively.

Top Day Out – Tapnell Farm

The prestigious Overall Business of the Year sponsored by HTP Apprenticeship College went to Newport based Caffe Isola.

Isle of Wight Radio MD, Claire Willis, said:

“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.”

Pictures: LH4 Photography