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The Islands’ Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Bond as its new Executive Director.   The appointment comes at a time when the Islands’ Partnership can also announce a new three-year strategic partnership with Penzance Helicopters, alongside Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, Tresco Estate and the Duchy of Cornwall, all of whom have renewed their commitment to the Islands’ Partnership for a further three years.

Nick, who takes up his role on 9th September, was previously Head of Tourism at Visit Norwich for six and a half years (2011-2018) before taking time out to care for his father. Prior to that, he was Business Tourism Manager at Welcome to Yorkshire.

During his time at Visit Norwich, Nick was instrumental in leading the destination management strategy including the company’s extensive marketing programme and membership / private sector engagement, and in securing £1 million in investment for the destination. During his tenure, those employed either directly or indirectly by the tourism sector doubled to 12,000, whilst the tourism economy itself grew to more than £700 million.

Andrew Sells, Chairman of the Islands’ Partnership commented: “We are delighted that Nick will be joining the Islands’ Partnership in September.  He has a great deal of experience and expert knowledge of the travel industry and will, I am sure, be an excellent asset to the Islands’ Partnership and to the Isles of Scilly as whole.  The board looks forward to welcoming Nick and his family to the islands.

“Nick’s appointment comes at an exciting time for the Islands’ Partnership,” Andrew continues. “I am delighted to announce that Penzance Helicopters has agreed to become one of our new strategic partners, alongside Tresco Estate, the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company and the Duchy of Cornwall.  The Islands’ Partnership has secured funding from all partners for the next three years.”  As part of the renewals process, Tresco Estate and Isles of Scilly Steamship Group announced, respectively, that Nick Halliday, Chief Executive Officer, and Sharon Sandercock, ISSG Marketing & Communications Manager, will be their representatives on the Islands’ Partnership board of directors.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Islands’ Partnership and my family are really excited to be moving to the Isles of Scilly,” says Nick (Bond).  “I love the outdoors and photography, as well as enjoying good food with friends.  I also have a keen interest in geography and history so, for me, the Isles of Scilly are a dream destination!  I am looking forward to getting to know the islands really well, and those who live and work here, and to help the Islands’ Partnership continue its great work in growing Scilly’s visitor economy.”

Nick will be joined by wife Amanda (also a tourism professional), and two daughters - Alexa 9 and Stella 3.

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2013
    9.30am-11.30pmChurch Hall, Church Street

    This will be first AGM since the IP was formed last year.  Wolf Rock, the Islands’ marketing consultants will also make a presentation of their approach to marketing the islands. The board will report on activities for the past year including the usual matters of finance and governance.  It will also be the first opportunity for members to elect their own representatives to the Board of Directors, with four of the current Directors retiring from office.  

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2013
    8pm - 9pmIn your own home!

    FREE and open to all: Claire Jarrett is well-known for her real-time, online seminars or "webinars". This one is designed to help small businesses learn how to set up a marketing campaign on Facebook, even if you are new to it, and how to how to build a fan base.  You'll need to register in advance on www.clairejarrett.com/facebookwebinar. There may be a bit of a hard sell for services at the end - because she offers the webinar for free - but you can just log out at that stage!  

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2013
    8:00 pmHeadland Hotel, Newquay

    The IP supported nine Scillonian businesses in their applications to the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Four made it to the finals - Hell Bay Hotel (Small Hotel of the Year), Juliet’s Garden Restaurant (Café and tearoom of the Year), The New Inn Tresco (Pub of the Year), and St Martin’s Dive School (Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience of the Year) - and we'll be wishing them lots of luck this evening when the overall winners are announced.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2013
    10.00-13.00IP Office

    Strategy meeting

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2013
    11.30am-1.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Meeting and lunch for IP members to learn more about Get Set For Growth, a new initiative to help small businesses with finance, and marketing & sales.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2013
    2.00-3.30pmIP Office

    Meeting to discuss Walk Scilly and the creation of more events to boost tourism calendar.  Any member wanting to be involved should contact the IP office.

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2013
    10.30am -12.30pmLife 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…

  • Wed
    11
    Dec
    2013
    10.30am - 2.00pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Informal gathering and networking opportunity for IP members.  Listen to short, informative presentations and business advice from invited guest speakers, including Robin Barker for Services for Tourism which managed the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards. 

  • Thu
    12
    Dec
    2013
    10.00 - 1.00pmIP Office

    Strategy Meeting

  • Mon
    23
    Dec
    2013
    12pm-3pmIP Office, Hugh Town

    Come and collect your copy of the Visit Isles of Scilly 2014 brochure, and chat with the IP directors and staff about the new look and branding.  We'll have a glass of wine and a mince pie waiting for you, too!

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