The islands offer significant investment opportunity, business potential and training opportunities. Important infrastructure improvements to St. Mary's Airport, Lands' End Airport and St. Marys Quay guarantee a future for improved transport provision on the isles. New workspace on St. Mary's and St. Agnes offers those with ambition a hub to develop and grow their business, all in landscape of an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Through the 'Island Futures' SEP the following priorities will be delivered through themed action plans:
- To secure resilient, year-round transport services to Cornwall and further afield
- To improve the quality of the tourism offer
- To promote the Isles of Scilly more effectively
- To diversify the economy
- To create more collaborative opportunities for the islands' businesses
- To make the islands more self-sufficient and more resilient to future changes
To find out more about our business ambition, opportunities, assets and priorities visit www.scilly.gov.uk
To engage with the Island Partnership and their work with the business community visit www.islandspartnership.co.uk
Smart Islands programme
The programme targets several of the Islands Futures priorities and has the following goals:
- 20% reduction in electricity bills by 2020 (40% by 2025)
- 40% of the isles’ energy demand met through renewable generation by 2025
- 40% of vehicles being low carbon or electric by 2025
- Internships, cultural exchange and STEM* skill delivery for young people
- Full programme of energy efficiency measures delivered by 2020.
The current challenges are considerable. Providing affordable and reliable electricity, drinking water, sewage treatment and waste disposal for Scilly’s remote island population is expensive and presents considerable practical challenges. This must all be achieved within the beautiful but sensitive environmental and heritage context of the islands.
There is an exciting opportunity on Scilly to take a fundamentally different approach to waste, water and energy. The ambitious goals of the programme can be achieved by the introduction of a Smart Grid, generating energy from waste, sewerage and a mix of renewable energy sources; unlocking value and savings for Scilly’s residents and businesses through a locally owned Community Energy Services Company.
You can find out more about some of the possibilities that are being explored in the technical survey here.