How we've helped St Martin's Watersports

Skills Hub case study

Business overview

Kayak and SUP hire from St Martin's, Isles of Scilly

I feel like I now have my very own training department which is fantastic. I regularly receive emails about courses they feel may be of use to me but most importantly I know who to turn to should the need arise.

Anna Browne

How we helped

At St Martin's Watersports, customers are given the chance to explore the crystal-clear waters and the natural beauty of Scilly at their own pace.  Uninhabited islands, ancient settlements, beautiful wildlife and a magical sandbar can all be discovered and enjoyed with a minimal impact on the islands’ unique and stunning environment.

Anna set the business up in 2018 and was steadily growing it and expanding the range of equipment available for hire.  Anna said, 'Running your own business is fun and exciting but also has its challenges with a lack of time to do anything not directly related to the day to day tasks being a key factor'.

Anna contacted the Skills Hub in the winter of 2020 for a skills review, she talked through the areas she felt that she wanted to develop and her Skills Connector drew up a training plan for her to work from.  With all the uncertainty from the pandemic, Anna found that it was great to stop, review her current situation and to be given all the options that were out there. 


Anna going kayaking

One area Anna wanted more knowledge about was social media content and marketing.  The Skills Hub offered a number of free two hour webinars that she found invaluable. 

She discovered she could find the time to attend them,  they helped reinforce her existing knowledge and illustrated ways to improve on what she was already doing. 

She highlighted that tapping into the expertise of the Skills Connector was invaluable to help her move forward and allowed her to access to a wealth of resources she simply wouldn’t have known were available.   

'I’m up skilling, increasing my knowledge as required and don’t need to worry about the training needs of my business'.



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The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Skills Hub from October 2017 - June 2023 was part funded by the European Social Fund and match funded by Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership. The project  received £2,885,993 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.

Business name St Martin's Watersports
Contact number 07470 711857
Contact email [email protected]
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