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VisitBritain/VisitEngland’s relaunched Business Advice Hub provides free resources to help England tourism businesses to grow. On the updated Hub you can…
  • Learn how to get international-ready and reach overseas markets effectively
  • Get top tips on digital marketing
  • Understand your legal obligations as an accommodation business
  • Find local support specific to your area
  • Explore case studies of real-life businesses…and more.
As well as Covid-19, topics currently covered on the Hub are: Start your business The key target markets in your destination, guidance on the practicalities of setting up a new business and where to get help from mentors.   Find funding Funding options for your business and guidance on managing finances more effectively to maximise your profit margins.   Know your legal obligations On what grounds you can refuse a booking, what licences you need to provide TVs and how to comply with health & safety regulations. You can also buy a printed copy of the popular Pink Book: legislation for tourist accommodation.   Understand health and safety Your legal responsibilities, how to run a safe business and create a Fire Risk Assessment using a free online tool.   Make your business accessible Guidance, tools and resources to help you provide access for all – and gain a share of a £12 billion market. You can also create an Accessibility Guide for your businesses using a free online tool.   Make your business sustainable How to save money, reduce your impact and win more customers with practical sustainability tips and case studies.   Employ and manage staff Step-by-step guides to finding and employing staff, guidance on managing employees and information on apprenticeships.   Find training Training courses for you and your staff on customer service, digital skills and inclusion.   Get quality assessed How to get an official star rating or accreditation for your business from the national tourist board.   Enter the Awards for Excellence How to apply for one of the highest accolades in English tourism – the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.   Market your business VisitEngland/VisitBritain marketing opportunities, our Digital Marketing Toolkit and best practice communication guides.   Attract international visitors Guidance to help your business get ‘international ready’, including extensive research on overseas markets and our Inbound Tourism Toolkit.   Find local support An online tool that tells you who your local Destination Organisation (local tourist board) and Growth Hubs are.

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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