50 plus success stories

Over 50s Start Me Up Christmas drop-in

Festive fun with the Over 50s Start Me Up programme! The latest drop-in session for the Over 50s Start Me Up programme has a festive feel today. We’re welcoming our 50 plus entrepreneurs to the Chamber offices at Mill Court for networking with a twist, with a...

Island Pain Relief

Kim Aminu runs Island Pain Relief, specialising in natural therapy for clients with chronic and acute pain. Kim is a Physiokey and Scenar practitioner and she is based at Cowes Chiropractic Clinic. Running her own business is fairly new for Kim who has taken up...

Over 50s on-board at Expo 2017

The Island’s Over 50’s entrepreneurs are celebrating a great day at Expo 2017, held recently at the Lakeside Park Hotel. It’s the Isle of Wight’s biggest single business event, with hundreds of visiting delegates and more than 50 exhibitors. This year the Over 50’s...

Moira Sugden Consulting

Moira Sugden is a lifecoach, mentor and speaker. She’s about to become her own boss, for the first time in her working life, thanks to the support of the Over50s Start Me Up programme. “I’ve worked for 43 years in the public sector,” Moira explains. “I worked for the...

Martin’s story

Martin Timbers set up Isle of Wight Design And Print in 2016 with the support of the StartMeUp Over 50s project. Martin tells us his story and how the project helped him to be his own boss. Being over fifty is no barrier to running your own business. In fact, it can...

START ME UP : How 50 plus Islanders are learning to be their own boss

The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce is supporting older people on the Island by providing help and advice on starting a business or being self-employed. Since 2015 The Chamber has been hosting monthly workshops and providing ongoing mentoring as part of the Age...

Nicola Allen and Little Betty’s Bakes

Nicola Allen works from home in Binstead, baking and decorating hand-iced biscuits. Inspired by her grandmother Betty, the business is named Little Betty’s Bakes. “We specialise in creating delicious biscuits for you to send as a lovely gift,” Nicola explains....

The Barrington B&B

April Barry runs The Barrington B&B on Park Road in Cowes. A few years ago April was at risk of redundancy in her role as a teacher. The uncertainty made her look for new ways of earning a living. “I was still too young to retire,” April says. “I realised that...

Vectis Administration Services

Dianne Butler runs Vectis Administration Services in Shanklin. It’s a new start for Diane who was made redundant from her finance position at an estate agents in 2015. Building on a background in finance and business administration, this is the first time Diane has...

Island Business Jan / Feb 2018

Island Business Jan / Feb 2018



25jan(jan 25)9:30 am(jan 25)9:30 amFree One-Day Business Start Up Course


02feb(feb 2)7:30 am(feb 2)7:30 amNetworking Breakfast - Royal Ocean Racing Club

21feb(feb 21)11:00 am(feb 21)11:00 amIntroduction to Social Media with Digital Eaze

22feb(feb 22)9:30 am(feb 22)9:30 amFree One-Day Business Start Up Course

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