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The Islands' Partnership is delighted to announce the Scilly Business Week Programme 2019 which is taking place 18th – 22nd March.

The week-long series of workshops, presentations and networking events are all designed to help enhance the productivity, creativity and profitability of businesses operating across the islands. As usual, the business week will feature the Islands’ Partnership annual Tourism Forum with updates on business and island activity from the Islands’ Partnership, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Council of the Isles of Scilly, Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, Tresco Island, Duchy of Cornwall and Creative Islands, as well as specific detailed workshops with guest speakers from award-winning businesses to seek solutions to extend Scilly’s season and set a new Scilly “Standard”.

The event is once again kindly sponsored by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth & Skills Hub who help businesses access the right support and training opportunities to work smarter, develop and grow. New for 2019 is a specific Business Support Market Place and networking lunch on Tuesday 19th, led by Chris Phillips, Senior Business Connector from the Growth Hub and Trish Peacock, Business Connector from the Skills Hub, bringing together providers of finance, business skills, specialist projects and training opportunities under one roof for Scilly’s businesses to access.

Hot topics this year include digital updates and tips for selling online and voice / social commerce; engaging with customers in the Instagram age (the social media for business in 2019); ensuring VAT registered businesses are ready for the introduction of digital tax returns, and website / SEO MOT workshops. There are also presentations and workshops on the future of the Smart Islands Partnership – including the Business Energy Efficiency Scheme and Go- EV (Electric Vehicles) Project – and how to improve Scilly’s public realm and the retail environment.

Derek Thomas MP completes the line up in the afternoon of Friday 22nd March with a surgery and discussion about Brexit and what the outcomes will mean for businesses on Scilly. There will then be a complimentary trip for all Scilly Business Week attendees who wish to visit the brand new Community Observatory on St. Martin’s which opens to the public on 1st April. This is one in a series of complimentary Locals’ Discovery Days that will be taking place in the early season.**

“Scilly Business Week is now well established on the Islands’ Partnership calendar. Indeed, five years on, we’ve introduced new elements to the programme to complement the workshops, including a Locals’ Discovery Day series, Market Place and Annual Tourism Forum to ensure it remains compelling and relevant to Scilly’s business community,” says David Jackson, Islands’ Partnership Executive Director. “We’re also delighted this year to welcome Derek Thomas MP and high calibre speakers – Jill Landeryou from one of Cornwall’s leading self-catering accommodation experts, Latitude50; Mightier Words’ Suzie Inman, handmade giftware retail guru Poppy Treffry; and Founder & CEO of the “What do you think” movement, Poppy Barnfield OBE - alongside a raft of industry experts in their field. We hope that business owners from across the islands will see the value of this year’s Scilly Business Week and sign up to lots of the workshops on offer.”

“The Islands’ Partnership have put together a really great programme for this year and we are delighted to be working with them again to make sure businesses on Scilly can make the most of the development opportunities out there,” adds Stu Anderson, Operations Director for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub & Skills Hub. “It’s a great fit with the work that we do at the Growth & Skills Hub, connecting business owners and entrepreneurs with the right support and training opportunities to help them work smarter and grow in a way that is right for them. This year the Skills Hub will also be promoting the Access to Training Fund, which is available to help businesses with travel costs to attend training on the mainland.”

Participants can book their places by calling the Islands’ Partnership office on 01720 620601 or emailing enquiries@islandspartnership.co.uk. All the sessions are free. (Priority for IP members if necessary.) The full programme can be viewed here: Business Week 2019 Programme FINAL.

** Other Locals’ “Discovery” outings include the Isles of Scilly Museum opening on Wednesday 13th March 2.30-4pm; Tresco Abbey Garden tour 11am – 12noon, Monday 1st April, and a St. Agnes Sea Safari for locals with St. Agnes Boating and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust on Wednesday 3rd April 1pm – 3pm.

Upcoming Events

  • Fri
    17
    Jan
    2014
    9.30am - 11amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Learn how Facebook can increase your business. Learn what to post, how to post and how to grow your Facebook profile and followers. A quick overview of how to promote your posts and your page  and how Facebook fits into all the other areas of your marketing.  Room for 12 people, so first come, first served!

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2014
    9.30am - 4pmOld Estate Office, Tresco

    This course is being organised by Life Long Learning and costs £95. Boats to and from Tresco will be provided as necessary.  For details, call 424880 or visit www.learnscilly.co.uk

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2014
    09.30 - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Twitter: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2014
    09.30 - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Facebook: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Mon
    17
    Feb
    2014
    11am - 2pmKingsley Village, Nr NQY Airport

    Organised by Outset Cornwall and Enterprising Women.  For self employed and smaller businesses - lots of finance, tax and business development advice.  Details: www.outsetcornwall.co.uk

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2014
    Wed
    19
    Feb
    2014
    Tregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Great opportunity for IP members to exhibit as a supplier and/or do business with a wide range of suppliers from the mainland at this hospitality trade exhibition. Details can be found at supplyscilly.co.uk 

  • Tue
    18
    Feb
    2014
    10am-11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval
    • Learn how Email Marketing is still relevant and delivers measurable results in an increasingly complex digital world
    • Appreciate what is current good practice in terms of content and send frequency
    • Get to grips with interpreting and using the resultant analytics
    • Review examples of campaigns and consider content that might be relevant to different businesses
    • Understand how segmentation works and how it benefits business
  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2014
    9.30am - 5.00pmLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    This training is being hosted by Life Long Learning. For further information, call 01720 424884.  Should be very useful for those businesses with water systems / pools....

  • Tue
    04
    Mar
    2014
    08:15 - 10.00amFalmouth - Cornwall Marine Network Conference Suite, Unit 7a, Falmouth Business Park

    Learn about the Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency’s unique support tailored to individual businesses’ needs;
    Hear how we have created apprenticeship solutions for hundreds of Cornish businesses;
    Find out how the Agency takes the hassle out of recruitment by employing the apprentice on your behalf and handling all the payroll and administration;
    Have breakfast with us and meet out team of specialist advisors;
    Speak to employers and apprentices who have benefitted from our services.

    For details and to book a place - email info@cornwallapprenticeshipagency.co.uk or call 01326 314904.

  • Tue
    11
    Mar
    2014
    9.30am - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    A practical session to get you started on Twitter and tweeting with confidence about your business

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Agnes

    Directors are getting out to the off-islands to be accessible to as many members, and potential members, as possible. Following their meeting, there will be Q&A session, open to all.  

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    13.00-14.15Coastguard's Cafe, St Agnes

    Following the Islands' Partnership Board Meeting on St Agnes this Thursday (13th), the IP directors are hosting a public session from 1pm until 2.15pm at the Coastguard's Cafe....coffee and sandwiches provided. It's an opportunity for everyone on St Agnes - members and non-members - to talk to IP directors (included our newest addition, Rob Goldsmith) about any concerns, issues, ideas, suggestions etc.

  • Thu
    13
    Mar
    2014
    9.30am - 11.30amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    A practical session to get you started on Facebook and creating / sharing content about your business with confidence

  • Thu
    20
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    An event hosted by Outset Cornwall and Life Long Learning.  It's free and very useful to new start up businesses - information, advice and financial guidance

  • Fri
    21
    Mar
    2014
    11.00am-3.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    A fantastic programme of events being facilitated jointly by Visit Cornwall and the Islands' Partnership, and hosted by Malcolm Bell.  Open to everyone and free of charge.

    Programme: Using PR in a crisis, Effective use of social media, Best use of email marketing, flood recovery planning, Getting the most out of Google, What does your website say?

    Opportunity for 1:1 sessions after the formal proceedings close at 3.30pm.

    Please register your interest so that we can gauge catering numbers. 01720 424036 or email enquiries@islandspartnership.co.uk 

  • Mon
    24
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    For experienced Facebook users who want to enhance their marketing expertise and understand analytics

  • Thu
    27
    Mar
    2014
    10.00-15.00Life Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Cornwall Apprenticeship Agency is hosting a shared apprentice event, beneficial to Island businesses who might be interested in sharing an apprentice.

    The Agency was set up to support small businesses and in particular seasonal businesses who were unable to meet the criteria of employing an Apprentice.  Some of the barriers include the situation where a single business does not have enough work for an apprentice full time or need support with employment.  But a couple of businesses in similar sectors may be able to share an Administration Apprentice.  The Agency would employ the apprentice on behalf of both employers.  We would work then work with training providers to deliver the training.

  • Sat
    05
    Apr
    2014
    Sun
    06
    Apr
    2014
    Beaches around Scilly!
  • Thu
    10
    Apr
    2014
    10.30am - 3pmWesleylan Chapel

    Meet the consultants, get more information, and have your say.

  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014
    Fri
    18
    Apr
    2014
  • Sat
    12
    Apr
    2014
    7pm onwardsSt Mary's Hall Hotel
  • Sun
    13
    Apr
    2014
    11am - 1pmPorthcressa Beach
  • Tue
    15
    Apr
    2014
    10.00-12.00amLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Learn about Trip Advisor, and how to use it and other online / social media to your advantage and so enhance your business's reputation.

  • Wed
    16
    Apr
    2014
    1:30 pmTown Hall

    The Council and other transport partners will explain their roles and responsibilities in transport delivery.   

    There will be an opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each organisation and to give everyone a chance to ask questions and express their views on transport issues.

     

  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    Sun
    20
    Apr
    2014
  • Thu
    17
    Apr
    2014
    TBC

    This is following the  Transport public meeting on Wednesday 16th.  IP member representatives will meet to discuss inter-island boating, on-island transport, customer service etc.

  • Fri
    02
    May
    2014
    Mon
    05
    May
    2014
  • Sat
    10
    May
    2014
    Sat
    17
    May
    2014
  • Sun
    11
    May
    2014
    11am - 4pmThe Garrison
  • Tue
    13
    May
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Fri
    16
    May
    2014
    Mon
    19
    May
    2014
  • Wed
    21
    May
    2014
    Thu
    22
    May
    2014
    Across the islands

    James Berresford, Chief Executive VisitEngland & Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive VisitCornwall tour the islands

  • Sun
    01
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    05
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    12
    Jun
    2014
    11.30am - 3.15pmTregarthen's Hotel

    Free to attend and lunch included.  All the details are on the Get Set for Growth website

  • Fri
    13
    Jun
    2014
    10am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014
    2:30 pmField adjacent to Veterinary Surgery
  • Tue
    17
    Jun
    2014
    9.30am-4.30pmLife Long Learning, Carn Gwaval (next to Sports Hall)

    Up to 20 spaces available; fully accredited course delivered by Cornwall College. Booking essential.

  • Wed
    18
    Jun
    2014
    9.30am-4.30pmLife Long Learning, Carn Gwaval (next to Sports Hall)

    Up to 20 spaces available; fully accredited course delivered by Cornwall College.

  • Thu
    19
    Jun
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Martin's Island Hall
  • Sun
    29
    Jun
    2014
  • Thu
    03
    Jul
    2014
    10.o0am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Thu
    31
    Jul
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    07
    Aug
    2014
    10am - 3pmTown Hall, Silver Street entrance
  • Sat
    06
    Sep
    2014
    Doors open 6pmFive Islands' School Performance Hall

    The Islands’ Partnership has arranged for comedian and TV presenter Russell Kane to perform at the Five Islands School on Saturday 6th September as part of his hugely successful live show, Smallness.  He will be supported by the Kernow King. Doors open 6pm for 7.30pm start!

  • Thu
    11
    Sep
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Mary's - IP office
  • Sat
    13
    Sep
    2014
    Sun
    14
    Sep
    2014
  • Fri
    19
    Sep
    2014
    Sun
    21
    Sep
    2014
    Across the islands

    By popular demand, following the enormously successful Walk Scilly Week 2014, we've added a new Autumn Walk Scilly Weekend event to our calendar of events.  Details to follow soon!

     

     

  • Mon
    22
    Sep
    2014
    5-7pmFraggle Rock, Bryher

    Get your photography right

    Write your listing to optimise SEO

    Learn where best to list on the website

    A relaxed and informal training session with Amy and Carolyn to review and improve listings for visitors.  Bring your laptops / mobile devices.

  • Mon
    06
    Oct
    2014
    Thu
    09
    Oct
    2014
  • Fri
    17
    Oct
    2014
    11am - 1pmChurch Hall, Church Road, St Mary's
  • Tue
    11
    Nov
    2014
    10am-1pmIP Office, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    20
    Nov
    2014
    Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    9.30am - 4pmStar Castle Hotel & ATLANTIC INN (Note Change of Venue on Friday!)

    Export Cornwall is coming to Scilly to deliver two days of expert advice on how to sell successfully online.  The first day will be a series of presentations delivered by experts in their field at the Star Castle; the second day takes place at the Atlantic Inn and will involve round table discussions and workshops to answer specific questions about specific business challenges and provide a more detailed learning experience of e-commerce.

  • Fri
    21
    Nov
    2014
    12noon - 3pmWesleyan Chapel, St Mary's

    Have your questions answered about Superfast Broaband....

  • Mon
    24
    Nov
    2014
    5pm-7pmLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Make the most of your business listing - photography, writing for Search Engine Optimisation and using your three listing options wisely

  • Tue
    25
    Nov
    2014
    1pm - 3pm TBCSt Agnes - Coastguards Cafe

    Make the most of your business listing - photography, writing for Search Engine Optimisation and using your three listing options wisely.

  • Thu
    27
    Nov
    2014
    1pm - 3pmSt Mary's Life Long Learning (next to Sports Hall)

    Make the most of your business listing - get the photography right, write for search engine optimisation and use your listing options wisely.

  • Tue
    16
    Dec
    2014
    10am-1pmSt Mary's - IP Office
  • Tue
    23
    Dec
    2014
    5pm-7.30pmHugh Town

    Late night shopping, Christmas Carols, entertainment, cooking and wrapping demonstrations, and more!

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