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Tickets are now on sale for the Walk Scilly Long Weekend which runs from 11th to 15th October across all five inhabited islands, and three uninhabited islands – Nornour, Teän and Samson. This year, the Walk Scilly Long Weekend features 24 guided walks, kicked off by a gentle welcome walk with resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff and a fun welcome party on St. Mary’s. There’ll be shoreline forage and a hedgerow harvest walks, both offering tastings of your rich pickings, and a chance to turn bat detective on an evening walk using your very own bat detector kit. New for this year are some sensory and creative walks in collaboration with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust – including sound walks with sound artist Laura Denning, immersive flower walks with leading botanical artist Bee Watson and an extraordinary coastal walk with sand artist, Tony Plant. Elsewhere, enjoy walks with islanders keen to share their life’s experiences of living on a remote archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, explore St. Agnes Top to Toe, gaze up for a dark skies walk on St. Martin’s and a military history walk around the Garrison on St. Mary’s. Enjoy too, the rare opportunity to explore the uninhabited islands of Teän and Nornour with archaeologist Dr. Katharine Sawyer, taking in sites from Bronze Age burial chambers and an early medieval chapel and cemetery to houses from the 17th and 18th centuries on Teän, and a fascinating pre-historic settlement and Romano-British shrine on Nornour. And when you need to take the weight off your feet, step onboard MV Sapphire with skipper and wildlife photographer Joe Pender and birder and environment academic Dr. Rob Lambert (plus Bella the boat dog) for a marine meander around the archipelago in search of seabirds, wading birds, sea ducks, divers, grey seals and dolphins. David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly), says: “Autumn is a glorious time of year to visit Scilly. The wildlife is spectacular, with resident and migrating birds to spot, seal pups to catch sight of, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and shorelines are fantastic for foraging, too. We’re also delighted to add a creative element to this year’s programme, designed to enhance how walkers appreciate Scilly’s stunning natural environment. All in all, our Walk Scilly Long Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to truly explore this special season on Scilly.” Isles of Scilly Travel is offering a 10% discount on travel to the islands for Walk Scilly Weekend... (by using the WLK18 code when booking). For more information about the walks and how to book, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.
Taste of Scilly, the annual food festival organised by the Islands' Partnership, returns in September with a month-long celebration of the very best in local food, drink and produce from across the five inhabited islands. This year’s event will, in particular, showcase our islands’ outstanding seafood offering alongside other island-grown delights. The Taste of Scilly programme for 2018 is packed with events sharing the unique low-food miles, slow-food culture of the famously unspoilt archipelago. There’s a fresh foodie experience to savour every day, many from award-winning producers - from lobster feasts and surf and turf beach barbecues to pop-up crab shack evenings, paella nights, chowder chowdowns, Scillonian taster menus and wine pairing dining experiences. New for this year is a one-off Island Hopping Supper Safari where diners enjoy evening aperitifs, starter, main course and pudding at idyllic locations on different islands whilst chaperoned across the archipelago island to island on a private boat charter. This unique event takes places on the evening of Wednesday 12th September and is limited to just 12 people, so make sure you book early if you don’t want to miss out. (NB - Further date added Saturday 15th - both sold out.) The evening programme will be supplemented with working family-farm tours and tastings across St. Mary’s, Bryher, St. Agnes and St. Martin’s; gin tastings from Westward Farm and the launch of foodie book “An Island’s Food Mile” on St. Agnes; workshops with Bryher-based Island Fish on how to pick your crab and lobster; a “day in the life of” a lobster fisherman talks on St. Mary’s and afternoons learning how to crimp your own pasties.   On Sunday 9th September, there will be a special Taste in the Park Scillonian produce market on St. Mary's featuring many of the islands' local producers and live entertainment throughout the day. Also across that weekend, the Seven Stones Inn on St. Martin's will host its annual Beer, Cider, Gin and Rum Festival showcasing drinks produced across the islands with a Taste of Scilly menu to match. And on the 10th September, visitors can indulge in the extraordinary Low Tide experience.  For two to three hours only, visitors roll up their trouser legs to reach a sandbank between Tresco & Bryher for this ultra mini-food festival that serves up bowls of locally harvested garlic mussels, seafood paella dished directly from a beached fishing boat, Tresco salt beef and Scilly mackerel baps washed down with fabulous gin cocktails and prosecco whilst being serenaded with live music – an experience not to be missed! Throughout the islands, there’ll be lots of special Taste of Scilly offers and stories to be shared amongst all our passionate local producers, be they bakers, brewers, chefs, farmers, fishermen or fantastic foodie producers. There’ll also be wine tastings at Scilly’s two vineyards, and tours of micro-brewery Ales of Scilly. David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly), says: “We’re delighted to be hosting our third Taste of Scilly festival this September. For an archipelago so small, Scilly boasts an extraordinary array of award-winning producers and foodie entrepreneurs; you’re never far from fresh produce and refreshment on the islands - from freshly-caught seafood, farm-grown vegetables, island-reared duck and beef, homemade ice cream and fudge, and the islands’ own wine and beer.  Taste of Scilly is a fantastic celebration of all the good things that are produced, reared and prepared here on our tiny islands, as well as our most distinctive eateries.” For the full Taste of Scilly programme and more details, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com/tasteofscilly.
Evaluation of Walk Scilly 2018 has revealed that the total economic value of the festival, which took place 4th – 14th April, was more than £218,000 with more than £50,000 directly attributable to Walk Scilly.

This year was Walk Scilly's biggest ever, featuring 40 walks over the 11 days, and 9 islands. 315 walkers (including some children) took part, compared with 200 last year, and 725 tickets were sold (compared with 641 last year).

"Despite the cold and windy weather playing its part during this year's programme, which led to a couple of walks having to be cancelled, we believe the increase in sales and walkers was in part due to the extended programme which enabled visitors across two weeks of bookings to take part," says Carolyn Garman of the Islands' Partnership. "The walking festival also fell within the Easter holidays, enabling us to create a very versatile and varied programmme."

The evaluation of Walk Scilly has been carried out using the feedback forms that were completed during the festival as well as using statistics from the 2016 Economic Impact of Tourism study.

Read the Walk Scilly 2018 Evaluation Report in full.
The Isles of Scilly’s latest Visitor Survey has revealed a growing demand for short breaks, particularly amongst first-time visitors to the islands and particularly during the shoulder seasons (March, April, May, September and October).

Last year, 24% of all visitors to Scilly were first timers, 40% of whom stayed for between 2 and 4 nights. These short stay visitors said that they were flexible in terms of their preferred day of arrival, although the largest proportion actually arrived on the islands either on a Monday or Friday. The 2017 Visitor Survey also suggested a desire amongst these first-time short-break visitors to self-cater. This is despite only 17% of short breaks being accommodated within the self-catering sector, according to the statistics collected.

The 2017 survey was the most comprehensive yet, attracting 2,786 responses, an increase of 17% over 2016 (and 92% of which were completed online). 93% of respondents were staying visitors. The annual visitor surveys, which have been conducted by the Islands’ Partnership for the last four years, enable valuable data to be gathered which is now providing a useful insight into specific trends. These in turn, help the IP to shape the islands’ product development to enhance and grow the visitor economy.

Another trend that the visitor survey continues to witness is a significant and growing desire amongst visitors to be able to book online. 50% of respondents would have preferred to do so had the option been available. This compares with the 27% of respondents who actually did book online. The survey also found that 65% of respondents use social media and, of those, 89% were regular users of Facebook, up 2% since the last survey. The biggest percentage increase was however in the use of Instagram, which rose 8% to 21% in just 12 months.

In terms of how visitors found the information they were looking for, an impressive 75% of first-time visitors used visitislesoscilly.com to plan their trip. Overall, visitislesofscilly.com was considered to be the most useful source of information for all visitors (34%), followed by the printed Isles of Scilly Guide (20%) and the Isles of Scilly Travel website (18%).

The survey saw no significant change in the reasons that motivate visitors to come to Scilly. The islands’ natural beauty, the general atmosphere and sense of welcome all scored highest again in visitor satisfaction ratings, whilst the features and activities on the islands which visitors considered of highest importance to them were walking, rest & relaxation, island-hopping, the beaches, local food & drink and wildlife. Indeed, 68% of visitors said nature and wildlife events would encourage them to visit the islands (a new event category added in the 2017 survey), closely followed by food and drink festivals (63%) and walking festivals (53%) – all reinforcing the recommendations within Scilly’s Destination Management Plan for these attributes and experiences to play through more strongly in the destination brand. The lack of evening entertainment and the lack of choice and value of the local food and drink offer once again were both named as areas for improvement, however.

“The 2017 survey was in many ways the most revealing yet and demonstrates that Scilly is no different than other UK destinations in terms of the growing trend for shorter breaks and the ability to book them, and indeed most holidays, online,” says Islands’ Partnership Executive Director, David Jackson. “There’s growing evidence that our new, younger visitors as well as our traditional core market are increasingly wanting to book their stays online as they can do elsewhere. Our current digital project which will see our Visit Isles of Scilly website – visitislesofscilly.com - revamped and upgraded with online book-ability options by the end of this year will significantly help to address this imbalance,” he notes. “The performance of our website is already strong, but we know it will be even more valuable to users, and our members, in reaching out to new markets and attracting even more new visitors to the islands.”

David also suggests an opportunity amongst self-catering accommodation providers to look at the short break market for shoulder season offers. “The survey definitely suggests that those self-catering providers who are not getting whole-week bookings in early and late season should consider splitting their weeks into two and offering short breaks,” he comments. “We are already working on a programme to extend the season, both for later this year but particularly for spring 2019 that will work hand-in-hand to enhance Scilly’s short-break, shoulder-season proposition.”

The comprehensive Visitor Survey 2017 is available to view on the Islands’ Partnership website (Members’ area, Industry Reports, Surveys). Or feel free to call in to the IP office to browse a copy.

The 2018 Visitor Survey is also now available online for this year’s visitors to the islands.

The 2017 Visitor Survey was conducted by the Islands’ Partnership in association with The South West Research Company.
This year’s inaugural Paint the Day on Scilly has been hailed an outstanding success with more than 100 entries on St. Mary’s (including around 50 students from the Five Islands School). The event took place last Saturday, 12th May, the first day of this year’s Art Scilly festival.

Supported by Scilly’s Creative Islands team, Paint the Day paintings had to be completed during an 8-hour time window on Saturday. They were then displayed at an exhibition at the Church Pavilion on Sunday and Monday when the winners of the competition were judged and announced following the end of the public vote.

The winners of Paint the Day 2018 are:
  • Joint children’s judges’ prize: Hallie Shave for Shark’s Pit, and Poppy Jackson for Scilly View
  • Judges’ prize: Jacob Kerssemakers for Porthcressa Bay Panorama
  • Public prize: Steve Hicks for Silver Cloud.

Hallie and Poppy each take home a prize of £50, Steve wins £75, whilst the overall winner, Jacob, who hails from The Hague and who had travelled to Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships and decided to extend his stay for Art Scilly, wins £100.

“Paint the Day was a lovely, well-organised event and I feel privileged to have been awarded the jury prize,” Jacob comments. “I also really enjoyed getting in touch with all the other people taking part and appreciating their creations. I hope next year I can join in again after the gig weekend, just like this year!” Jacob has even written a personal description of his Porthcressa Bay Panorama and the technique he used.

“We’re absolutely thrilled by the response we’ve had – from artists and supporters alike - to this inaugural Paint the Day competition and by the incredibly high standards set,” says Jeremy Brown, Creative Islands Project Coordinator. “As one comment in the exhibition’s guestbook noted, it was ‘a brilliant way to bring all different ages and talents together to enjoy and interpret Scilly’. The judges found it impossible to choose between Poppy and Hallie’s paintings, so they were both awarded the children’s prize, whilst Jacob’s Paint the Day presentation – a black inked scroll of Porthcressa Bay - was simply outstanding. And of course, we’re delighted for Steve Hicks picking up the public prize since painting is a relatively new hobby for him having only recently retired as a boatman. All the paintings from last Saturday are a lasting memory for Scilly on 12th May 2018.”

Art Scilly continues until Saturday with many more artistic workshops to enjoy. You can pick up a programme at the Tourist Information Centre or check out the Art Scilly workshops online.

This year, Art Scilly has been supported by Creative Islands, one of 16 national Cultural DDestinationsprojects funded by Arts Council England which aim to encourage partnerships between the cultural and visitor economies, thereby enabling culture to become a prominent part of the visitor offer.
With just over a week to go, the countdown has begun for the start of Isles of Scilly’s annual celebration of local artists and creative talent, Art Scilly, which takes place across the archipelago from 12th - 19th May.

This year, Art Scilly is supported by Creative Islands, one of 16 national Cultural Destinations projects funded by Arts Council England which aim to encourage partnerships between the cultural and visitor economies, thereby enabling culture to become a prominent part of the visitor offer.

The programme, which extends across all five of the inhabited islands, includes a wealth of intimate workshops in all media, expert tuition from local artists, open studios and gallery soirees. Headlining the festival and new for 2018 is an imaginative competition and exhibition curated by the Creative Islands team, “Paint the Day”, featuring local established art-ists, students, and budding, visiting artists.

Professionals, amateur enthusiasts, visitors and young people are all invited to sign up and produce an original artwork in any medium that records any aspect of Scilly on just one day - Saturday 12th May. All artworks must be completed within an eight-hour time slot, between 9am and 5pm, and will then be exhibited for free in a pop-up gallery on St. Mary's. Prizes will be awarded in three categories and all the work will be offered for sale, providing a unique souvenir of this amazing week.

Art Scilly also welcomes back to the islands Paul Dodgson, an eminent creative writer and TV producer who will host a fun, informal day-long Creative Writing Workshop to encourage all those wannabe writers to explore their inner author. He will also adjudicate the fringe St. Mary's One Act Play festival which returns for another often hilarious evening with local writers performing rehearsed readings from original scripts.

Throughout the week, there'll also be the usual masterclasses and workshops hosted by a variety of artists across the islands all using their preferred mediums - from watercolour with Stephen Morris and fused glass with Oriel Hicks, to acrylics with Liz Bray, linocut printmaking with Vickie Heaney, making of mandalas (Gail Payne) and silk scarves (Liz Askins), plus sketching with Sue Lewington and oil painting with Steve Sherris.

The island of St. Agnes will be hosting an arts afternoon at Pot Buoys Gallery, in the Island Hall and at the Church, Tresco Gallery will be showcasing the paintings and sculptures from various artists' winter residency on the island, whilst on St. Martin's there'll be a satellite Paint the Day featuring the school children.

David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership, says: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Art Scilly festival and we’re delighted that our Creative Islands team, thanks to Arts Council England, has been able to support our local artists to offer even more on the programme this year. There is so much creative talent across the archipelago with artists attracted to Scilly for its sheer beauty, incredible colour contrasts, island heritage and stunning light. We hope that visitors coming to the islands for Art Scilly will be drawn to get involved and be inspired to take home some wonderful creations of their own.”

The full Art Scilly Programme can be viewed online at visitislesofscilly.com/artscilly. Printed programmes will also be available on island throughout the festival. For booking enquiries, particularly about Paint the Day, please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01720 620600 or the Creative Islands team on 01720 620601.
The Islands’ Partnership, is delighted to announce the launch of Scilly’s official Photography Competition for 2018, this year in partnership with Karma St. Martin’s Hotel. This year’s competition is open to all photographers living on, working on, or visiting the islands and is open to entries from this Easter weekend.

The annual Isles of Scilly Photography Competition continues to be a hugely popular feature across the islands, attracting nearly 4,000 entries over the past four years.  Last year was our biggest to date, with 1,350 photos submitted.  And the winning photos from the previous competitions - Mark Smith’s “The Daily Commute” (2017); “Sky, Sea, Sand” by Carl Farran (2016), Megan Gallacher’s “Tropical Oasis” (2015) and “Puffin” by Steven Burbidge (2014) - have all become iconic marketing images for the Isles of Scilly alongside many of those that were shortlisted in their categories.

The outright winner will win a three-night break for two on a Bed & Breakfast basis at Karma St. Martin’s, dinner for two at Karma St. Martin’s on one of the evenings, and two return tickets to Scilly (flights or passenger ferry) from Penzance or Lands’ End.

The eight categories for the 2018 Isles of Scilly Photography Competition are: An island playground; Creative Scilly; Escape to Scilly; Islands at Work; Natural Scilly; Our History & Heritage; Secret Scilly; and Taste of Scilly.

“With the launch of our Creative Islands project this year, we are particularly keen for budding photographers to explore Scilly’s rich cultural and artistic heritage.  We know too, that so many people come to Scilly to escape the hustle and bustle of modern-day living which is why we’re also looking to capture those perfect moments of wellbeing and island escapism,” says David Jackson, Executive Director, Islands’ Partnership (Visit Isles of Scilly).

“The annual Isles of Scilly Photography Competition is a great addition to our seasonal calendar and one that is enthusiastically anticipated by some visitors to the islands,” he adds. “We’ll be looking for photos that really do encapsulate the essence of Scilly and welcome photographers keen to showcase their talents in Visit Isles of Scilly’s marketing materials including the Visit Isles of Scilly Guide, our website and various promotional materials throughout the year.

“And finally, of course, I would like to thank Karma St. Martin’s for their kind and generous winner’s prize.”

Following the closure of the competition on 30th September, a short list of the best entries from each category will be selected by representatives of the Islands’ Partnership. These entries will then be displayed online via visitislesofscilly.com, and the general public invited to vote for their favourite images. The winner will be notified by email in November 2018.

For further information about the competition and how to apply, visit our special website page: visitislesofscilly.com/photographycompetition
Industry leaders gather as part of English Tourism Week to show support for one of the country’s most tourism-dependent destinations   The Isles of Scilly today launches a bold new long-term plan for its vital tourism industry. The forward-looking Destination Management Plan sets out a new vision and a shared approach to help revitalise what is the islands’ principal industry, supporting around 85% of all employment.

The Plan has been developed by the Islands’ Partnership, the lead body for tourism and business on Scilly and has been supported by all of the islands’ major stakeholders and funded by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

Alongside new investment in transport, quality and service, the plan calls for a stronger emphasis on its hidden cultural heritage, its potential as an eco-destination as well as the need for increased collaboration to help extend Scilly’s comparatively short tourist season.

James Berresford, Chairman of the Islands’ Partnership: “As a destination, the Isles of Scilly is blessed with some of the most outstanding natural assets of anywhere in the UK. We have a wonderful opportunity to harness these assets in a way that repositions the islands as the escape destination, meeting the growing demand for discerning, authentic, experience-led tourism. The Destination Management Plan will be instrumental in bringing the islands together behind this shared ambition, helping to ensure our industry is both sustainable and fit for the future."

David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands’ Partnership added: “Today’s launch marks a really significant moment for the islands. The Destination Management Plan, alongside the emerging Smart Islands programme and a new Local Plan, represents a genuinely exciting opportunity to trigger a real step-change in our industry and for Scilly to become a truly sustainable destination that’s economically resilient yet protective of its precious environment and unique sense of place.”

Tim Bagshaw, Head of Operations at the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Tourism is one of the region’s priority sectors and has been recognised as such in our 10 Opportunities prospectus. For the Isles of Scilly in particular, there’s real potential for Scilly’s tourism industry to grow and become more competitive and we’re confident that the new Destination Management Plan will be a vital mechanism to help drive this growth.”

The launch event for the new Destination Management Plan was held this afternoon at Tregarthen’s Hotel on St. Mary’s and brought together many of the islands’ leading tourism businesses, coinciding with the national English Tourism Week.

You can download and read the Destination Management Plan here.  (This is a compressed file.  If you'd like a hard copy you can request one from the Islands' Partnership office.)
The Islands' Partnership is delighted to report the busiest ever Scilly Business Week, with more than 200 participant slots snapped up across the week. There were more than a dozen sessions in total – ranging from workshops about online book-ability and Food Hygiene & Safety to how businesses can engage with and benefit from Plastic Free Scilly and how to prepare for the new General Data Protection Regulations that come into force in May.

We were also delighted to welcome to Scilly, Donna Kehoe, South West agent for the Bank of England who hosted a round-table, and Tim Bagshaw from the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership who delivered a keynote session on the recently published 10 Opportunities prospectus for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.

And there was also plenty of opportunities to chat to the business and finance experts one-to-one as well as to network with fellow businesses across the islands at lunches hosted by the Islands’ Partnership, Smart Islands and by our generous sponsors, the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub.  Businesses on the islands also showcased new products they are introducing this year, including a new mobile booking app for St. Agnes Boating, extended premises and new product lines and premises at Island Fish and the opening in May of Longstone Lodge, a new style of accommodation for Scilly.

“I enjoyed the Smart Islands panel session and hearing the panel's 'on the spot' responses to the questions posed,” says Sarah Poat of Polreath Tea Rooms & Guesthouse. “The subsequent workshop buzzed. Everyone had plenty to say and lots of ideas and the panel members facilitating each group had to work hard to keep us on task!  I also thought the Plastic Free Scilly session was great. If our combined interest and support can instigate change then fantastic. Whilst we banished single-use plastics from our daily routines at Polreath a number of years ago now, Nikki Banfield, from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust provided us with lots of fascinating facts, figures and ideas as to how we can reduce our reliance on plastic even more and encourage others to do the same.”

Anna Cawthray from Scilly Seal Snorkelling agrees: “The Plastic Free Scilly session was thought provoking with useful advice on ways to reduce single-use plastic. There seemed that there was a lot of enthusiasm in the room to make changes and hopefully that can be capitalised on to help preserve our stunning natural environment. The social media presentation was highly entertaining with useful exercises that helped you focus on who your customers are and how to reach them,” she adds. “The information about Search Engine Optimisation was especially useful and I have used the website recommended on the course to review my own website and make improvements accordingly.  It's always good to meet with other businesses before the season starts to find out what's new and to realise that you might not be the only one who's not quite fully prepared yet!” 

Kirsty Graham, from the Isles of Scilly Voucher Scheme summed up: “I really enjoyed Scilly Business Week this year. It feels like it is really gathering momentum”; whilst Nick Benatar, General Manager of Tregarthen’s Hotel, which hosted most of the week, was keen thank his staff and the Islands’ Partnership, as well as the speakers for putting on such a successful week. 

“There was a great atmosphere to this year’s Scilly Business Week and lots of enthusiasm for the workshops and presentations taking place. It’s a great opener for the new season,” says Chris Phillips, Business Connector for the CIOS Growth Hub. “We’re delighted to have supported this event again this year. Connecting business owners and entrepreneurs with the right support, funding and training opportunities to help them work smarter and grow is what the Growth Hub is all about, so it’s a great fit for us. Anyone looking for a helping hand for their business can get in touch any time.”

“There was a strong business presence at this year’s Scilly Business Week, with a great range of topics discussed and debated,” adds David Jackson, Islands’ Partnership Executive Director. “The anecdotal feedback we’ve received has been really positive, with many saying it was the best yet. Nonetheless, we are currently carrying out a Scilly Business Week survey that will help us gauge levels of satisfaction as well as ensure we keep topics relevant in the future. I would like to thank Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub for their generous support and in helping us to make Scilly Business Week a great success.”
Leading mainland suppliers from across Cornwall, the West Country and beyond are beginning to arrive on St. Mary’s today and are setting up their exhibition stands ahead of this year’s Supply Scilly event, which takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February.

The trade, hospitality and business services show, held to showcase mainland goods and services to businesses on Scilly looks set to be another success, with 25 suppliers, the biggest number ever, attending and exhibiting at the show, which this year is once again hosted by Tregarthen’s Hotel.

With free entry for all, businesses on Scilly are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the great trade deals – and tastings - on offer. Exhibitors include many of the region’s leading catering suppliers and wholesalers who will be offering fantastic new product ranges and great services tailored to the Scillonian customer.

Supply Scilly has once again being organised by the Islands’ Partnership in collaboration with Tregarthen’s Hotel. David Jackson, Executive Director at the Islands’ Partnership says: “We’re delighted to be organising Supply Scilly again this year with the support of Tregarthen’s Hotel. After last year’s fog-bound event, it’s great that the sun is shining on us this year and all the exhibitors have arrived. This pre-season event is a fantastic opportunity for businesses on Scilly to have dedicated access to many of the region’s leading suppliers. I’m sure that lots of good business will be done over the next two days.”

Exhibitors include an exciting range of food and drinks suppliers, catering specialists, accommodation suppliers, as well as IT and trade professionals, insurance brokers and business merchants. To see a full list of the exhibitors, go to the Supply Scilly website at www.supplyscilly.co.uk. For further information, just click on the links in the suppliers list.

Find Supply Scilly at Tregarthen’s Hotel, St Mary’s from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd February from 9am to 4pm.