The Islands’ Partnership (IP) is a non-profit making company that is limited by guarantee. It is funded entirely by membership subscription together with some corporate sponsorship. We are responsible for marketing the Isles of Scilly as a destination, and for managing the Visit Isles of Scilly brand in all its facets. Since 1st April 2015, the IP has also taken on the responsibility of managing the Tourism Information Centre on St. Mary’s.
We are also responsible for supporting our member organisations by providing them with the resources, energy and focus to grow their individual businesses – thereby enabling our tourism economy to develop to its full potential.
The IP reaches out to all sectors of the business community – tourism, horticulture, the food and drink industry, fishing, transport, retail and so on – championing their needs and providing a shared platform to develop common goals. We are acutely aware that virtually every business on Scilly, whether directly or indirectly, is affected by the performance of our tourism economy; our overall goal therefore, has to be to increase visitor numbers and to keep Scilly firmly on the tourism map.
The Islands’ Partnership was established late in 2012 following the outcome of a comprehensive report conducted by the eminent tourism consultancy, “Blue Sail”. It recommended that a single new partnership was formed from the three previously separate groups (Island Marketing, Island Tourism, and the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Tourist Board) then involved in managing tourism in Scilly. In 2013, the Islands’ Partnership received some funding from the Isles of Scilly Local Action Group (LAG), an initiative supported by both DEFRA and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development."As a newcomer to Scilly, I have been grateful for the support I've received from IP and have benefitted enormously from the excellent business advice and training they provide. My membership fee constitutes good value. The IP’s marketing efforts raise the profile of the islands as a whole, and this has definitely had a positive impact on local businesses, including my own." "Every business on Scilly should be responsible for marketing and promoting the islands as a destination and I think that with the Islands' Partnership we can do this as one. It is absolutely vital that we all work together to reach the end goal of reversing the decline in visitor numbers and boosting the economy on the islands. It is for that reason that I feel it is imperative that everyone should become a member of the Islands' Partnership."