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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