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The Islands' Partnership, together with Oxford Innovation and Superfast Business Cornwall, is offering three workshops for businesses across Scilly this September. Businesses across the islands are invited to sign up and enjoy the fully-funded training all of which is designed to help them operate more efficiently and profitably.

On 20th and 21st September, Oxford Innovation will be offering Business Planning and Retail workshops, respectively, whilst the following week on 26th and 27th September, digital business analysts from Superfast Business Cornwall will be on island to deliver and extensive Technology for Business to help SMEs get to grips with the technology that's out there and how they can put to great use very easily - to increase sales, exceed customers' expectations and keep their operating costs down.

Any businesses are eligible to sign up - they just need to book their places by calling the Islands' Partnership on 01720 424036 or emailing enquiries@islandspartnership.co.uk

The details are:

BUSINESS PLANNING WORKSHOP Wednesday 20th September, 10.30am – 1pm Tregarthen’s Hotel Conservatory

The 2017 season may well be winding down, but now is just the time to assess how well it went and plan for 2018 and beyond. Did you make your target sales? Were all your customers happy? Did you deliver on your promises? Did you set business goals - and achieve them? Did your new ideas pan out as expected? What might you do differently next year, and beyond? Step out of your day-to-day business churn and join Peter Turpie, business strategy coach at Oxford Innovation on Wednesday 20th September for a morning's workshop to think about, and plan for, your business's future. He'll talk you through a simple framework that you help you consider what you really want out of your business and how you can achieve your ambitions. Afternoon one-to-ones with Peter will be available to all attendees who sign up and attend the workshop.

RETAIL WORKSHOP Thursday 21st September 10.30am - 12.30pm Tregarthen’s Hotel Conservatory

Calling all Scilly retailers! Whether you sell gifts, artwork, fashion, food or stamps, this workshop is for you. Hosted by retail coaches, Luis Gordon and Lynda Clark from Oxford Innovation, it will focus on multi-channel retailing and the changing world of the high street. Get great tips on how to satisfy customers’ increasingly demanding expectations (for locals and visitors), make online shopping and mail-order work harder for you, and discuss ways in which you, as retailers, can work together as a community to optimise opportunities. The workshop will also look at examples of good and bad shop fronts and customer experiences (but not ones from Scilly!). One-to-one sessions will also be available on request to all attendees.

TECHNOLOGY FOR BUSINESS WORKSHOP Tuesday and Wednesday 26th & 27th September (9.30am - 4pm) Lifelong Learning, St. Mary's

This is a two-day workshop hosted by Superfast Broadband Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It is open to new businesses that started trading in the last 12 months or those who have the ambition to grow and sell their product or service outside of Cornwall in the near future. (Other restrictions apply, such as no accommodation providers or fishing/farming businesses.) The practical and jargon-free workshop looks at digital technologies that businesses can adopt and exploit to help them to be more productive and efficient as well as help them grow. One to ones are also available from Digital Business Analysts throughout the two days on Scilly.