Scilly’s Business Owners Form New Group

economic development eco dev signRepresentatives from Scilly’s business community have come together to help drive the next round of European investment on the islands.

They’ve formed the Isles of Scilly Business Forum, an informal group that will engage with the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Council’s Economic Development Team to devise a strategy for supporting economic growth in Scilly.

In June, Business Secretary Vince Cable, announced that £512m of European Union money would be made available for the islands and Cornwall from 2014 to 2020

Founder members of the forum include Robert Francis, Robert Dorrien Smith, Zoe Julian, John Peacock and Ted Moulson.

Speaking at the meeting, Robert Francis said there are many good businesses in Scilly, big and small, but they rarely get the chance to talk to each other.

He felt the new group was a good way to bring the business community together to discuss what’s needed to drive growth on the islands.

At their first meeting at the Old Wesleyan Chapel last Thursday they met with Emily Kent from the LEP, who described how the new EU fund would be administered.

Top of the new forum’s agenda is how to make the most of superfast broadband, which is expected to come to Scilly early next year.

Ted Moulson said the group is keen to welcome new members and to broaden their range of expertise.

Anyone who wants to join and share their ideas should get in touch with Ted, Robert Francis or Robert Dorrien Smith.