Steamship Company Launches £30,000 Community Fund

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith

The Steamship Company is to start giving grants to good causes in Scilly and West Cornwall after creating a £30,000 fund.

It is likely that not-for-profit projects in the areas of youth and adult education, training and environmental concerns will be eligible.

Chief Executive Rob Goldmsith says a separate panel will be set up to decide the funding rules and determine which applicants are successful.

That group will be chaired by one of the company’s non-executive directors and will include members of the community with no direct interests in the Steamship Group.

Rob says company has “deep roots in the community going back almost 100 years,” and this fund builds on hundreds of thousands of pounds of support already provided through their Travel Club and sponsorship of events such as the World Pilot Gig Championships.

And he says the additional funding won’t affect any of this existing support. It’s a way of providing a lasting impact and a legacy for the community going forward, he says.

Chairman Andrew May says he’s confident that the new fund “has the potential to make a tangible difference to a significant number of people over time.”

It is hoped that the first awards can be made before Christmas.

3 Responses to Steamship Company Launches £30,000 Community Fund

  1. pete August 8, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Soutie Your asking a island business to reduce prices. Are you mad its all Money Money over here.

  2. Soutie August 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Please Rob, remember that your business is a utility that people have no choice but to use. Your prices are at the edge of affordability and you have a captive market because there is no direct competition and there are significant barriers to entry.

    In this context, put your excess profits towards running a transport service is better. find ways to set your prices lower, reduce freight costs and make the islands more accessible for more people. Failing that, perhaps make the travel experience less awful. That is what you should be doing for the islands, not raising the boat fare significantly and then buying up hauliers and setting up community funds.

    Most of all, I would like to see you restructure your group so that it is becomes possible for some of the passenger services you operate to be separated, and divested to a group that is genuinely ‘community owned’. Having a competitor would be the best way to bring about the ambitious change that is needed and keep you focused on running your core business better.

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins August 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Spot on Soutie. I would go a stage further and ask that the investment in travel club instead go to lowering import costs on necessities.