Forum brings businesses together

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, January 23, 2014


TOURISM chief David Thornton will be the first speaker of the newly launched Island Business Forum.

He will be setting out how Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) hopes to attract more visitors to the Island and ways in which businesses can do their bit to boost the tourist economy.

The forum was launched by Cllr Wayne Whittle to be a platform to enable businesses to come together, to discuss issues of common concern, to find solutions to challenges they face, and to work together to promote the Island economy.

The meeting on Friday, February 7, at 10.30am at the Riverside Centre, Newport, will also be attended by Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner.

The agenda also includes the election of a chairman and vice chair and a discussion with Cllr Jonathan Bacon who leads the Independent Group on the Isle of Wight Council in such areas as planning consents and the Temporary Trading review.

The forum will post updates on its work via Twitter, via @IW_Business and #IBF

Businesses that want to attend the forum can contact Cllr Wayne Whittle at or Mr Turner at



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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 18:35:53

Mike it won't be if no-one comes over to the island or fewer people do... sadly, unless you have a small private plane there is no other way to come or go from the island... as said, the ferry companies no this...

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 18:22:09

Keven it's called 'Monopoly'

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 18:20:18

Also, that is the main reason I would find it hard to return to the island to live due to high prices and poor connect to the mainland. The ferry companies have too much power over islanders and always have done! It is time people power came together and we all say "NO" to the prices... But if you need the ferry you cannot and they know this... they have you where it hurts...

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 18:17:51

@ Lee
completely agree with you! The ferry companies would do much better trade if they had realistic prices. As we say, try and find out?

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 17:19:29

""find solutions to challenges they face""

and we all know what those are. 'Don't we girls and boys?'

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 17:18:27

As most of the links are concerning the same topic (with updates) again, I'll say to get people back to the island reduce ferry prices. Do this by making a deal with the ferry companies (maybe for the months of May - August) and see what happens?

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