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Isle of Wight: Where business makes waves

Sunday February 24th, 2019

The Needles, Isle of Wight

Probably best known as a holiday destination the island has a long maritime and industrial tradition the Isle of Wight boasts some of the world’s most innovative and high-tech solutions in the marine and aerospace environments. Flying boats, the world’s first hovercraft and the testing and development of Britain’s space rockets are part of its legacy.

Innovation continues with the likes of GKN Aerospace, a global aerospace company.  Employing over 1,000 people in the Isle of Wight across two sites they supply to customers including Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Bombardier, Triumph, BAE and Leonardo.

Other notable business includes Mitsubishi, BAE Systems, Gurit and Vestas, the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions and innovators in offshore wind turbine blades.

The breadth of activity spans a whole range of sectors including advanced engineering, marine, aerospace, business services, environmental technologies, tourism, and leisure. With a new major regeneration programme on the horizon, the Isle of Wight focus is on providing more jobs and boosting the local economy.

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