In association with WightFibre

And the nominees are…

The nominations have been announced for the 2023 IW Chamber Business Awards, sponsored by WightFibre. More than 40 Island businesses have been shortlisted in 15 categories and the winners will be presented at a glittering ceremony, hosted by comedian and TV star Shappi Khorsandi. The prestigious glass statues will be handed out at Cowes Yacht Haven on Friday May 12th.

“We’re thrilled to announce our shortlist, which once again showcases an amazing range of Isle of Wight businesses,” says IW Chamber Chief Executive Steven Holbrook. “Our 20 judges from across the globe were wowed by the quality of the entries and our expert, impartial panel worked hard to assess each submission. We say this every year, but to be nominated for this highly prestigious event is already praise indeed. Our quality threshold is very high, reflecting the levels of submissions, and not every business can succeed each year. All our shortlisted businesses are very worthy nominees.

“It’s great to see that our shortlist reflects a range of businesses, from the newly founded to the long established. We’re also seeing some well-known businesses entering for the first time, along with some previous winners and nominees showing real consistency in making the shortlist for another year.

“Without doubt this will be our biggest event yet, hosted by the wonderful Shappi Khorsandi. I’d like to wish all of our nominees the best of luck and thank every Island business that took the trouble to submit an entry. I’d also like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters, in particular our overall sponsor WightFibre, who have really helped us to raise the bar this year.

“We’re all set for an incredible party on May 12th, celebrating the best in Island business, with an event that matches the prestige and the success of our business community. We can’t wait.”

“I’m really excited to be your host for the night,” says TV’s Shappi Khorsandi

“I love the Isle of Wight – it’s one of my favourite places in the world and I love spending time here,” Shappi says. “I’m really excited to be your host for the night and I’m looking forward to celebrating with all of the winners and nominees on this prestigious evening. We’ll have some laughs and we’ll give out some lovely looking trophies. See you there!”

Shappi Khorsandi is a comedian, author and speaker whose career has taken her to all corners of the globe. She has appeared on countless TV and radio shows including: Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here, Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, MasterChef, Have I Got News For You, QI, Pointless Celebrities, Question Time and Just a Minute, as well as her own show, Shaparak Talk.

IW Chamber Business Awards 2023 shortlist…

Start Up Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by PC Consultants
Crepe Lovers
The Island Holiday Company
Wight Coaches Ltd 

Entrepreneurship Award
Sponsored by Liz Earle Beauty Co.
JR Zone
Medina Publishing
Wooldridge Interiors

Made on the Isle of Wight Award
Sponsored by Red Funnel
Quarr Abbey
Visit Isle of Wight

Community Award
Sponsored by Hovertravel
Natural Enterprise
Tidal Family Support

Customer Service Award
Sponsored by Ascensos
Liz Earle Beauty Company
Preziosa Dachshunds
W Hurst & Son

Training and Development Award
Sponsored by Hillbans Pest Control
Vectis Ventures
Yokogawa Marex

Environment and Sustainability Award
Sponsored by IFPL
Betapak Ltd
Datum Electronics Ltd
Vikoma International Limited

Technology and Innovation Award
Sponsored by Lifeline Alarms
IFPL Group
Innovative Physics
Parlex Johnson Electric

Hospitality and Tourism Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Visit Isle of Wight
Art Deco HouseUK
Luccombe Hall Hotel
The Seaview Hotel and Restaurant
The Wellington Hotel

Employer of the Year Award
Sponsored by Diametric Technical Ltd
Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd
Datum Electronics Ltd
WRS Systems

Manufacturing and Export Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by GKN Aerospace Cowes
Datum Electronics Ltd
IFPL Group
MedTec Design Services

Growth Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by WRS Systems
JR Zone

Business Social Impact Award
Sponsored by WightFibre
Medina Publishing Ltd
Red Squirrel Property Shop
Southern Vectis
W Hurst & Son

Micro Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Gurit
Art Deco HouseUK
Hillbans Pest Control
JR Zone
J&B Wholesale Ltd
Wed & Prosper

Small Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Wightlink
Captiva Homes
Medina Publishing Ltd
The Island Holiday Company

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