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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

  • Tue
    13
    Jan
    2015
    1pm - 3pmLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Two hours of informal training that will help you improve booking opportunities...

    Make the most of your business listing:

    - Use all 4 photo opportunities, and make sure your photos are the best you can have

    - Are you saying all the right things?

    - Improve your copy to that it maximises SEO opportunities

    - Ensure your meta data works for you

  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015
    10am-12 noonLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Two hours of informal training that will help you improve booking opportunities...

    Make the most of your business listing:

    - Use all 4 photo opportunities, and make sure your photos are the best you can have

    - Are you saying all the right things?

    - Improve your copy to that it maximises SEO opportunities

    - Ensure your meta data works for you

  • Wed
    28
    Jan
    2015
    10.15am - 1pmIP Office
  • Thu
    29
    Jan
    2015
    10am-12 noonLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    This is the rescheduled training from 15th January.  If any spaces come up, we will open it up again to all IP members.

    It's about how to make the best of your business listing on the Visit Isles of Scilly website..

    - better photos

    - writing good copy

    - accentuating the plus points of your business

    - improving SEO opportunities

  • Tue
    03
    Feb
    2015
    1pm - 3pmLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Twitter as an effective marketing tool

    Creating an account, building your profile

    How, what and when to tweet

    Useful hints and tips

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015
    10am-1pmIP Office, Steamship House, Hugh Town

    Advice and troubleshooting clinic for members already using Facebook, Twitter and Tripadvisor.  Walk-in!

  • Fri
    06
    Feb
    2015
    10am-12 noonLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)
    • Why WiFi is good for business
    • Getting it set up; costs and equipment
    • Choosing the right routers and boosters to get through granite walls and ensure consistent coverage throughout large or awkward buildings
    • Troubleshooting (Q&A)
  • Thu
    12
    Feb
    2015
    10am-12 noonLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    Facebook as an effective marketing tool

    Creating an account, building your profile

    How, what and when to post

    Useful hints and tips

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015
    Wed
    25
    Feb
    2015
  • Wed
    25
    Feb
    2015
    Thu
    26
    Feb
    2015
    All dayTregarthen's Hotel

    This is organised by Tregarthen's Hotel.  Details can be found via www.supplyscilly.co.uk 

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2015
    All daySt Marys'

    Invitation only event led by Export Cornwall for those businesses and organisations  seeking to access foreign markets. Contact Amanda Pender for more information.

  • Mon
    09
    Mar
    2015
    Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    Various times, all weekTregarthen's and Life Long Learning

    A week long programme of presentations, workshops and events, jointly hosted by the Islands' Partnership and the Council of the Isles of Scilly

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015
    2:15 pmIP Office, Steamship House, Hugh Town
  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015
    10:15 amSt Marys' (IP office TBC)
  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2015
    Sun
    29
    Mar
    2015
    All dayBeaches across Scilly
  • Mon
    30
    Mar
    2015
    11am - 12.30pmLife Long Learning St Mary's (next to Sports Hall)

    - Why WiFi is good for business

    - Getting it set up; costs and equipment

    - Choosing the right routers and boosters to get through granite walls and ensure consistent coverage throughout large or awkward buildings

    - Troubleshooting (Q&A)

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    Fri
    17
    Apr
    2015
    All dayAll islands

    www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly

  • Mon
    11
    May
    2015
    Sage, Gateshead

    Rooting for Hell Bay Hotel in the Small Hotel of the Year Award

  • Tue
    12
    May
    2015
    10:15 amBryher
  • Tue
    02
    Jun
    2015
    5.30pm - 9pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's
  • Wed
    03
    Jun
    2015
    10am - 12noonLife Long Learning

    By invitation only

  • Wed
    17
    Jun
    2015
    10:15 amSt Martin's (TBC)
  • Thu
    16
    Jul
    2015
    6pm - 8pmIP Office
  • Mon
    17
    Aug
    2015
    Gates 7pm, Film 8.45pmHolgates Green

    Tickets from the TIC - 01720 424031

  • Fri
    28
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015
    VariousKarma St Martin's, Tresco, Star Castle

    The Islands' Partnership is proud to host this leading lady from Fascinating Aida as she tours Scilly with her own show, Everything's Coming up Roses.

  • Thu
    17
    Sep
    2015
    10am - 12.30pmSteamship House
  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    11.30 - 130St Mary's Hall

    A meeting to discuss how the cruise ship Meet & Greet programme has gone this year, and how we can make it even better for 2016.  Followed by a thank you buffet lunch. 

  • Tue
    29
    Sep
    2015
    Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    10am - 4pm Newquay Airport Aerohub

    IP members are invited to attend the Cornwall Expo 2015 Exhibition & Conference in the unique setting of Cornwall Aerohub's largest hanger at Newquay Airport.  Learn about the infrastructure improvements programmed for Cornwall and Scilly over the next five years, and how they are set to continue to transform and grow our businesses, skills base and tourism industries.  Further details to follow.

  • Thu
    01
    Oct
    2015
    Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
  • Fri
    02
    Oct
    2015
    10:15 amSt Mary's
  • Thu
    22
    Oct
    2015
    11am - 1pmChurch Hall, St. Mary's
  • Thu
    26
    Nov
    2015
    10am - 12 noonLife Long Learning (next to Sports Hall)

    Get your photography right; create SEO friendly copy; learn how to do great special offers

  • Tue
    01
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amIP Office, Steamship House, Hugh Town
  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015
    10am - 12.30pmLife Long Learning (next to Sports Hall)

    How to write for websites; decided on the right architecture for you!
    Please note, this is preliminary training for those attending the "Build a Website" training in January. If spaces are tight, then priority will be given to them.

  • Wed
    23
    Dec
    2015
    5pm - 9pm TBCHugh Town

    The second Christmas fayre organised by the Islands' Partnership.  Carol Singing, live music, Christmas treats, quizzes and children's activities etc etc.

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