Newport - Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence 2018. IW Chamber Business of The Year - Yokogawa Marex, from left, sponsor Fran Collins from Red Funnel with Pasquale Paolone, Wayne Matthews, Andy Bloodworth, Steve Hargreaves, Yasuyuki Komiya and IW Chamber Chief Executive Steven Holbrook.

Cowes’ Yokogawa Marex has been named Business of the Year at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence, in association with Red Funnel.

The awards were presented by Anneka Rice at Cowes Yacht Haven’s events centre on
Friday (30). The ceremony also included a charity auction that raised thousands of pounds for WightAID.

Host Anneka Rice said:

“I was absolutely thrilled to present the awards at this wonderful event. It
was really like being at the Brit Awards! I feel very close to lots of this year’s nominees.

“I’ve drunk with them, I’ve stayed in their beds, I’ve eaten their cottage pie and I’ve even stayed in someone’s garden on Celebrity Hunted!”

Fran Collins, Red Funnel’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“It’s really important to us to support the community in which we trade. We couldn’t do it without all of the small businesses, the big businesses and the independent traders and we think that partnership is hugely important for us to support. We’re very proud to be here tonight as a headline sponsor.”

Newport – Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for Excellence 2018. IW Chamber President’s Cup for Outstanding Contribution – Wight Shipyard, left, Peter Morton with President Peter Tomlinson.

Yokogawa Marex picked up International Business of The Year and overall IW Chamber Business of The Year.

Wayne Matthews from the company said:

“We’ve had a really excellent year. Our guys are working exceptionally hard to deal with an overfull order book. Most importantly I just returned from Japan this morning and got an in-principle agreement for our expansion plans for next year so we’re very happy and I’d to thank all our staff who make it possible.”

Meanwhile, Wight Shipyard collected Manufacturing Business Of The Year and the President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution.

Other winners included Cowes’ Tipsy Wight, which took home the Green Initiative Award, and Innovative Physics, which claimed the Technology and Innovation gong.