Historic opportunity for Isles of Scilly marine firms
A helping hand for far west marine companies has embraced
Isles of Scilly operators with a special presentation day
at the Scillonian Club in Hugh Town.
Existing and prospective members of Cornwall Marine Network
(CMN), the specialist marketing and training support body,
had the chance to meet Tim Bowerbank, marketing manager, and
Paul Wickes, training manager. CMN is targeting a massive
boost for the industry following the award last year of a
£1.25 million Objective One led investment package.
"The Isles of Scilly is a vitally important part
of our territory and we are anxious to ensure that all the
islands' marine companies have every opportunity to
enjoy the huge range of support services now available through
CMN," said Mr Bowerbank.
CMN is already working closely with several Isles of Scilly
companies, notably Blue Boats and its Powercat 525 motorised
catamaran, which recently won the 'Innovative Boat of
the Year' category in the Europe-wide inaugural IPC
Media Marine awards.
Other member companies include St Mary's Boatmen's
Association (representing ten companies), Rat Island Sail
Boat Company, The Sailing Centre and Hicks and Sons Boat Hire.
Mr Bowerbank said he was encouraged by the number of attendees
who had indicated their willingness to join CMN following
the presentation, which was supported by Objective One.
As well as working with individual companies, CMN is now
devising a programme of further activities with Isles of Scilly
companies, including tailored workshops. Mr Bowerbank commented:
"The clear aim is to assist in ways which have not
previously been possible in driving these businesses forward
with structured marketing programmes and expanding the skills
base through enhanced training programmes."
Mr Wickes said the industry had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to transform itself with the aid of a major new programme
of training initiatives. The funds and expertise were now
in place to tackle skills shortages and to provide significantly
improved training opportunities and structures.
For further information please contact Tim Bowerbank on 01326
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Cornwall Marine Network
through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
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