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Last chance for nominations for the 'Red Funnel Isle of wight Awards'

Fri, Oct 25 2019

There’s just a week left for businesses to nominate themselves for the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards.

Shining a spotlight on the Isle of Wight, the awards will celebrate all that is great about the Island and recognise the diverse and wonderful places to go, stay and eat.

The revamped Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards features a new set of simplified categories that will reward even more businesses than ever before and bring the awards in line with nationally recognised awards. It also has several new award categories, including ‘Best Place for Dogs’, ‘Greenest Business’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ for newly emerged tourism businesses. Three winners in each category will be recognised with Gold, Silver and Bronze positions.

Businesses have until Friday 1 November to get their nominations in for up to three categories via Red Funnel’s website:

From 8 November, voting will be open to the public, allowing visitors, locals and Islanders to have their say in who they think should take the top spot. The public vote will close in early 2020. The top three nominees in each category, as voted for by the public, will then be reviewed by a panel of expert judges to decide the Gold, Silver and Bronze ranking. The judging panel will be announced at a later date.

The overall winners will be revealed at a celebratory awards ceremony in March 2020.  

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel, said: “We’ve already had a great response to our revamped ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’, and there’s still time for businesses to apply. There are more categories to choose from this year, providing even more opportunity to celebrate and showcase what the Isle of Wight has to offer. The public is definitely going to have a tough job deciding the top three in each category; I wish all the entrants the best of luck!”

The ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’ categories are:


  • Best Place to go Glamping
  • Best B&B or Guest House
  • Best Hotel Experience
  • Best Self-Catering Stay
  • Best Campsite
  • Best Holiday Park
  • Food & Drink

Best Restaurant

  • Best Café or tearoom
  • Best Burger
  • Best Fish & Chips
  • Best Pub
  • Best Local Produce

Things to Do

  • Best Large Attraction/Experience (over 50,000 visits per year)
  • Best Small Attraction/Experience (under 50,000 visits per year)
  • Best Activity (Provider)
  • Best Festival/Event
  • Best Shop/Retail Experience


  • Best Place for Dogs
  • Greenest Business Award
  • Best Newcomer


For further information regarding Red Funnel, please contact:

Lisa Norman or Kirsti Pawlowski at McKenna Townsend

T: 01425 472330

E: [email protected]

About Red Funnel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company with roots tracing back to 1820. Based in the UK port of Southampton, Red Funnel carries 2.3m passengers and over 800,000 vehicles on its ferry route between the UK port of Southampton and East Cowes and 1.1m passengers between Southampton and West Cowes on its Red Jet Hi-Speed service.  In addition to ferry travel, Red Funnel is the only cross-Solent operator to offer ferry inclusive bonded holiday accommodation, attraction tickets, festival and event tickets and activity packages. Sub-brands include ‘Red Jet’ (the Hi-Speed passenger only ferry service serving West Cowes) and two food & beverage brands, ‘Steam Coffee Company’ and ‘ReFuel’.  The Company is a founder member of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd, the Island’s not for profit destination management organisation and Red Funnel sponsors or supports most of the Island’s premier events including the IW Festival, Cowes Week, Isle of Arts, The Red Funnel IW Literary Festival, IW Newport Jazz Festival, Isle Walk Festival, Ventnor Fringe Festival and Wolverton Manor Garden Show as well as a range of community and niche interest events. Red Funnel’s 2019 Charity of the Year is Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight.

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