An online directory featuring hundreds of St Ives businesses has been launched to coincide with the upcoming G7 summit.

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID) collaborated with the St Ives Tourism Association (SITA) to produce the comprehensive catalogue of businesses based in the town.

Everything from shops and art galleries to restaurants, hotels and community groups, are featured in the online brochure, released ahead of the G7 summit being held at Carbis Bay, when the world’s spotlight will be on the St Ives area.

More than 400 levy-paying businesses and SITA members are featured in the directory which has launched on the Visit Cornwall dedicated G7 news section.

BID manager, Helen Tripconey, said: “St Ives has a strong business community, which has worked hard to not only support each other over the past year but to also get ready for what is set to be a busy and exciting summer. We are thrilled to be able to support them with the launch of this directory and to showcase just what makes the town such a special place to live, work and visit.

“Although it has been created by St Ives BID and SITA to coincide with the increase in exposure provided by the G7 summit, we see the directory as offering a lasting legacy for our businesses and holiday accommodation providers. It will be used to promote the diverse range of businesses based here, with accommodation providers also able to share a digital copy with holidaymakers when they arrive for their visit with us.”

Tripconey added that with the recent easing of lockdown restrictions, the town is eager to welcome back local people and visitors in a Covid-secure way for staff and customers alike.

She said: “Many of our accommodation providers and restaurants have reported that they are fully booked for the coming weeks with some businesses also deciding to open for later hours as they welcome back customers. So, we as the BID are focusing some of our efforts in making St Ives look its beautiful best. We have invested in a project of planting, with bright and colourful flowers sprouting up across our seafront and main shopping areas.”

To view the directory, click here.