Free Course Offered To Islanders Who Want To Improve Their Online Sales

visit isles of scilly website 2014Islanders wanting to set up or improve their website, and sell online, can get free advice later this month.

The Islands’ Partnership has teamed up with Export Cornwall to provide a two-day course on e-commerce.

Partnership Coordinator Amanda Pender says it’s an area where many islanders ask for advice.

And she says in this day and age, every island business should have a website because it’s our “shop window to the world.”

Amanda says you shouldn’t let the ‘Export Cornwall’ title put you off either, because this is all about exporting the Isles of Scilly as a destination.

During the first day of the course, being held at Star Castle, digital experts from the mainland will give hands-on guidance to putting together your website, marketing, search engines, and how to make online bookings and transactions.

The second day at the Old Wesleyan Chapel will offer businesses one-to-one sessions, where more tailored advice can be provided.

It’ll be suitable for beginners and those who already have websites – social media and digital technologies are changing constantly, says Amanda, and people need to keep up to date.

Amanda says a website is the best way to engage with international markets and the course will provide some ‘dos and don’ts’ when dealing with different cultures online.

There has been strong interest in visiting Scilly from Germany for some time and surprisingly, this year the Partnership have seen a huge increase in hits to the Visit Isles of Scilly website from China.

“We can’t afford to ignore that,” says Amanda, adding that businesses need to prepare for changes in the tourism market.

The course is being held on 20th and 21st November and is free to all islands’ businesses. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Partnership.