Local Enterprise Partnership To Hold Roadshow On Islands

Islanders are being asked to tell a new economic development body what changes they need to help our islands prosper in a roadshow to be held next week.

The Local Enterprise Partnership, or LEP, is a joint Cornwall and Isles of Scilly board responsible for identify themes for business growth in the two areas.

The LEPs are a creation of the Coalition Government, replacing the former Regional Development Agencies, and are thought by some to be an effective channel of communication from our area to Whitehall.

Their roadshow will visit the Old Wesleyan Chapel on Wednesday next week and attendees will hear an address from Council Chief Executive, Philip Hygate.

The Council’s Strategic Investment Manager, Diana Mompoloki, says she hopes locals will turn out and tell the LEP what their business needs as there is a danger we could be overshadowed by our much larger partner, Cornwall.

She says the Council have already lobbied hard to get funds to improve St Mary’s airport and LEP support for the quay improvement project.

Diana says one of the key priorities for the islands will be tourism, in particular the problems with transport and whether we can integrate our offering with that of Cornwall.

But Diana thinks that our high reliance on tourism means there is also a need for diversification into other areas of business, something that the LEP should be aware of and support.