Duchy Offering Business Skills Course To Women Tenants

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

Hugh House, the offices of the Duchy of Cornwall in Scilly

Female Duchy of Cornwall tenants are being offered two days of advice on how improve their business skills.

WIRE is a non-profit company representing a network of women who work in rural enterprise. It founders believe that women on farms are often the drivers of their individual businesses but can feel isolated with few chances to share experience and meet likeminded businesswomen.

Today an invited group of Duchy tenants including farmers, tourism businesses and artists, will attend the free sessions.

The Duchy is funding the event and the experts have been touring the Prince’s estate holding these seminars around the country.

Jenny Bagnall from the Duchy’s Hugh Town Office says marketing advice will form an important part of their skills-sharing session, but they are aware than online and social media promotion has been extensively covered by the Islands’ Partnership.

So the advisors will offer some additional promotional ideas.

Tomorrow they’ll focus on leadership skills. Jenny said they had to tailor the programme to Scilly because operating a business here brings additional challenges and opportunities.

She’s keen for attendees get the most from the session especially as many Duchy tenants involved in flower farming and holiday lets are giving up their time in a very busy period.

Lady Arran, a Devon-based businesswoman and a member of the Prince’s Trust Council, is an advocate of the WIRE initiative. She’s coming to meet the attendees at Juliet’s Garden today.



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