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Public Vote opens for Red Funnel Isle of wight Awards

Fri, Nov 8 2019

The public vote for the ‘Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards’ is now open.


The revamped awards will recognise the diverse and wonderful places to go, stay and eat across the Island with 20 categories covering accommodation, food & drink, things to do and with several new categories, including ‘Best Place for Dogs’, ‘Greenest Business’ and ‘Best Newcomer’.

For the first time, both visitors and Islanders are invited to have their say on which of the 150+ nominated Isle of Wight businesses are their favourites, and which should make the final shortlist.

The public vote will remain open until 28th February 2020, with the top three in each category being invited to an awards ceremony in March 2020. A judging panel will decide the overall winners, recognizing their achievements with Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

Commenting on the awards, CEO of Red Funnel, Fran Collins, said: “I’m very excited about this year’s inaugural Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards. Recognising and celebrating Island businesses is just one way Red Funnel gives back to, and shows our appreciation for all the incredible businesses that make the Island an amazing place to live and to visit.   I wish all the nominees the very best of luck in the public vote and I look forward to presenting at the awards in March.”

Voting is now open at


  • 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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