Existing Business Success Story: Sail Lofts St Ives
We recently caught up with Elizabeth Davies, Director of Sail Lofts St Ives, a series of luxury and contemporary self-catering apartments nestled in the heart of old St Ives and just a stones throw away from Porthmeor beach. Elizabeth got in touch with Unlocking Potential and tapped into the expertise from our Future Focus mentors to help with developing and growing her team.
Elizabeth has been part of Sail Lofts St Ives right from the beginning with the apartments being opened to guests for 10 years now. Elizabeth knew she wanted to grow the business but needed support in recruiting the right person and support to develop their skill set. Conor who was the first successful candidate has now been with the business for 18 months. Elizabeth has also recently just recruited another member of the team, Helene, through our recruitment support package.
When you’re a small business it can be quite difficult to keep people developed and it’s something that I’m quite passionate about, developing the people that are here. Unlocking Potential have made that happen through mentoring and coaching. They have kept us energised, we have that energy naturally but Unlocking Potential have fuelled that with monthly meetings.
Elizabeth Davies, Director Sail Lofts St Ives.
We have also tapped into the coaching services that are provided by Unlocking Potential, focusing on marketing and strategy, which have been great! The marketing has been particularly helpful. We’re quite a creative team but the restraints of a small business is time, you don’t always make enough time for things that are really important. Being involved with UP and having these meeting meant we were really focused and we made time for it. They got us together as a group which is invaluable and they help facilitate that energy!
Elizabeth Davies, Director Sail Lofts St Ives
In my opinion, Sail Lofts have struck the balance between professionalism, customer service and innovation in how they deliver to the market just right. They practice what they preach.
Becks Isaccs, BDM
Our Future Focus programme combines inspiration, cutting-edge thinking and practical resources. It’s been created – in partnership with the University of Exeter for Cornwall and IOS business leaders who want to accelerate growth, reduce risk and create change.
We offer a three-part programme combined with our collaborative networks and access to research which will ensure you can break boundaries, innovate and prosper:
- Events – Superstar keynote speakers sharing their fascinating experience and knowledge.
- Labs – Industry experts working with you and other leaders in a supportive peer group.
- Resources – During Labs you’ll develop an action plan. We’ve got a host of high-value resources (including subsidies and funding) as well as access to experts to help you deliver it.
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