Steamship Company Holding Public Meeting To Hear Islanders’ Views

scillonian aug 2015The Steamship Company is giving you the chance to share your views on their business.

They’ve arranged a public meeting so that locals can discuss any of their services and operations, including the Travel Club, Skybus, the Scillonian, Island Carriers and Nike Engineering, directly with decision makers.

Senior management and directors will be available at the event next month in the Scillonian Club to answer questions personally.

Chief Executive Rob Goldsmith says they’ve found similar events on the off-islands useful but he says this St Mary’s session will be bigger and he hopes that islanders will go along and talk constructively about their services.

Chairman Andrew May says the economic success of the islands and that of the company are closely connected.

Their passenger numbers were up by around 9% in the first seven months of this year, so he says it’s now time to discuss what happens next.

And he says it’s important that they listen to their customers.

Andrew doesn’t think people who are dissatisfied with the company will dominate the public session.

He says he expects to face some challenge from the audience, but feels it will be more of an intelligent conversation.

The company also intends to outline their plans to develop the transport system for residents and create further growth in the visitor market.

The event will be held at the Scillonian Club on 16th September, with two sessions between 11am to 2pm and from 3pm to 6pm.



5 Responses to Steamship Company Holding Public Meeting To Hear Islanders’ Views

  1. Soutie August 19, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    The reason I was told was that there was no baggage allowance for day trippers. Which would suggest that baggage handling is where the margin is!

  2. Sheila Thomas August 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Watch this space – will Rob Goldsmith turn up or not? If his record of not answering letters addressed to him personally is anything to go by, I doubt it

  3. Mike Peaker August 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Remembering how many days Lands End airport was closed the winter before last it is not surprising that the passenger numbers are up considerably in the early part of this year. A breakdown between Skybus and the Scillonian, and between day trippers, residents,and holidaymakers, would be very informative.

    Mike Peaker

  4. Tom Gordon August 17, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Passenger numbers are up by 9% but it would be interesting to know the split between day trippers and islanders and holidayers because day trippers have in comparison much less importance to the islands (although the The Steamship Company profits more universally, however long they stay for).

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins August 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Not sure thats quite right Tom, day tripper fares are considerably lower. The thinking used to be that it gave visitors a taste with a view to staying longer in the future.