University Boost for Island Businesses

Isle of Wight businesses have been given the opportunity to benefit from a free University course that is being brought to the Isle of Wight specifically created for Island businesses.

The University of Portsmouth have teamed up with the Island’s multi-award-winning design studio, Brightbulb Design to bring IW Business Boost to our shores. The course, funded by the Isle of Wight Council, HM Government and the European Regional Development Fund will see up to 120 businesses benefit from workshops and one to one mentoring sessions focussed on their specific business needs.

The course will be delivered on the Isle of Wight by the University and members of the business community and will give each business 12 hours of dedicated support through 4, 2-hour workshops and regular one to one mentoring sessions throughout.

Pete Hooley, Director of Business Development at the University of Portsmouth said,

“We have some outstanding courses for businesses at the University of Portsmouth, however we have found that the stretch of water between Portsmouth and the Island has become a barrier to entry. So, for the first time we have decided to bring the University to the Island, so that Isle of Wight businesses can benefit from what we have to offer.”

The programme has been specifically created for Island businesses to improve productivity and to support their business resilience and growth. The first cohort of businesses, focussing on general business advice starts on the 24th May with the second cohort focussing on digital support starting on the 09/06/22. Dates are yet to be announced for 2 further free courses around tourism and destination management and managing people. To find out more and keep up to date with the latest start dates logon to and register your interest today.

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