The Council of the Isles of Scilly and the Islands’ Partnership have teamed up to offer a week of bespoke support for business owners, sole traders and budding entrepreneurs living and working across the islands.
Scilly Business Week takes place from Monday March 9 to Friday March 13 and will feature a series of free workshops, presentations and one-to-one advice for business owners in all industries – from retailers and restauranteurs, to manufacturers and trade service providers, and from accommodation providers to artists.
Sessions will include how to introduce simple marketing techniques to boost business revenues, an introduction to Google ads and analytics, merchandising and developing online retail sales; succession planning for (family) businesses, managing TripAdvisor and online reputation management, book-keeping and financial awareness, improving the customer experience, profitable manufacturing, recruiting and retaining good seasonal staff, and intellectual property and copyright protection.
There’ll also be an informal evening event at Tregarthen’s Hotel – a chance to network with fellow business operators as well as hear a couple of short presentations about Scilly’s economic future, both within the tourism sector and across the wider business community.
“This is an excellent opportunity for business owners across Scilly to really immerse themselves in how they can grow their trade profitably and operate efficiently,” said Islands’ Partnership executive director, David Jackson.
“The sessions will be highly practical, and supplemented by useful one-to-ones where businesses can seek specific advice regarding their own particular needs.”
All the sessions are free, but places are limited to 20 per session, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Participants can book their places by calling the Council’s Lifelong Learning office on 01720 424880 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.