Isle of Wight-based companies reap valuable new publishing contract with Cowes Harbour Commission

Isle of Wight-based companies reap valuable new publishing contract with Cowes Harbour Commission

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) is pleased to announce the appointment of a new publishing partner for the Cowes Port Handbook & Directory and its popular affiliated website at  Island Holiday Media Ltd and Netguides Ltd, have been granted the contract to develop, distribute and market the Handbook, Directory and website with immediate effect.

After the regrettable demise of The Knowledge Zone, CHC’s previous publishing partner, the Commission has had to act promptly to ensure that everything is on target to get the 2011 edition ready for publication in March 2011.  CHC invited a number of companies to tender, with a simple brief to DEVISE-DEVELOP-DELIVER the Cowes Port Handbook and Directory and its online equivalent.

Rather than sticking rigidly to the existing format, CHC was looking for a creative and practical solution rather than being overly prescriptive about the need for one company to necessarily produce the Port Handbook and a Cowes Directory and/or Cowes Online. From a starting point of inviting ten companies, the majority of whom were Island-based, to present outline proposals, four shortlisted companies were invited to present their ideas.

Stuart McIntosh, CHC’s Chief Executive and Cowes Harbour Master and his selection panel were particularly impressed by the professionalism and forward-thinking approach taken by Island Holiday Media and their internet partner, Netguides. He commented, “We feel very positive about this appointment and believe that the new partnership can take these two well-known information resources into a new phase with an exciting new lease of life.”

In response, David Brooks, Sales Director, Island Holiday Media said, ‘We are delighted to have been appointed by Cowes Harbour Commission to produce a new website and Port Handbook.

Island Holiday Media, working with a team of local contractors, will be delivering a new and much improved platform for businesses to promote themselves to both boat owners and visitors to Cowes.  We will be offering free listings to ensure all Cowes business is represented, and many new exciting opportunities that will surprise and delight businesses and visitors. We have already started work on both projects and look forward to working with the many Cowes businesses that have previously supported the Handbook and website.


Media Enquiries
Peta Stuart-Hunt
Communications Officer
Cowes Harbour Commission
T: +44 (0) 1590 679 621 | M +44 (0) 7711 477 707

Island Holiday Media
David Brooks
Sales Director
Island Holiday Media Ltd
T: +44 (0) 1983 200 336
E: David Brooks <>




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