“For the Tin Coast to remain ‘special’ for the people who live, work and visit here, 

and for everyone to contribute to its long term sustainability.”

Care for the Tin Coast

Do you care about Tin Coast? Do you want to join a local network that:

  • Helps your business prosper?
  • Supports a thriving local community?
  • Cares for our cultural heritage and natural environment?

Then sign up to join the Tin Coast Partnership.

There are 3 Levels of business membership:

1. Tin Coast Members – entry level

Any business can become a Tin Coast business member, if you:

  • Support the aims of the Tin Coast Partnership
  • Would like to receive information about the Tin Coast by email
  • Prefer no financial or time commitment

2. Tin CoastSupporters – actively supporting

You are a Tin Coast Supporter who pro-actively supports the Tin Coast, if you:

  • Support the aims of the Tin Coast Partnership
  • Would like to receive and share information about the Tin Coast
  • Actively promote the Tin Coast and its principles with visitors
  • Contribute time and/or financially support the Tin Coast Partnership (through a variety of ways (see FAQ)
  • Want to have the opportunity to promote your business as a Tin Coast Supporter. We can provide a link on the Tin Coast website with a link to your business, recognising you as a Tin Coast Supporter, and permit you the use of the Tin Coast logo for marketing purposes – conditions apply.

3. Tin Coast Partners – leading partners

You are a Tin Coast Partner who has a leading role in delivering the aims of the Tin Coast Partnership, promoting the Tin Coast values to businesses and visitors, and/or function as a visitor information point.  Your business will be acknowledged as a Tin Coast Partner on our website, and be permitted to use of the Tin Coast logo – conditions apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ 1: What is the Tin Coast (Business) Membership Scheme?

The Tin Coast Business Membership Scheme is a voluntary ‘responsible visitor scheme’ for any one working with visitors, to make sure the Tin Coast remains a great place to live, work and visit. It is a platform for collaboration, exchanging information, training, and making improvements to the local area.

FAQ 2: What are the principles of the Tin Coast Partnership?

  • protect and enhance the area’s natural and cultural heritage
  • provide visitors with a high quality experience in all aspects of their visit
  • communicate effectively to visitors, tourism businesses and residents about the special qualities of the area, and enable discovery and understanding of the area
  • contribute to local environmental sustainability (for example, by reducing energy and waste, promoting use of public transport)
  • contribute to local economic sustainability via tourism to the local economy, for example, by using locally produced food, local suppliers, visitors using local shops
  • contribute to local social sustainability, by ensuring that tourism supports and does not reduce the quality of life of local residents
  • monitor and influence visitor flows to reduce negative impacts

FAQ 3: What is the purpose of having Tin Coast Business Supporters?

  • To add value to businesses by developing the Tin Coast philosophy and promoting sustainability principles
  • To develop the Tin Coast profile as a destination for attracting visitors out of season
  • To increase benefits from tourism to the local economy, for example, use locally produced food, local suppliers, visitors using local shops
  • To provide a channel/network for delivering information to visitors (and local people) about what the Tin Coast offers (as the Tin Coast has no Tourist Information Centre)
  • To create a platform for communication to address issues and to develop opportunities

FAQ 4: How does the Tin Coast Business Membership Scheme work?

  • There are different levels of membership, depending on the level of involvement and benefits a business aspires to.
  • There is no verification process involved, and the partnership is not going to ‘police’ these businesses. It is about businesses ‘moving forward’ with regards to these principles, rather than measuring businesses against a fixed set of criteria. However, if people clearly flaunt these principles, then they may be open to criticism from customers or peers.
  • Tin Coast Supporters can carry the Tin Coast logo which recognises them as a Tin Coast Supporter (conditions apply), and will gain promotional benefit.
  • Members are asked for a donation – see FAQ 5 ‘What does it cost?’

FAQ 5: What does it cost?

Business Supporters contribute through a ‘visitor gifting scheme’. We are not stipulating the exact amount that a business should pay. Some larger businesses can afford more, while micro businesses may not afford very much. Donations can be made as a flat fee, or be dependent on business volume, a donation per stay or cup of coffee (see examples below)

Business Turnover

Flat fee donation (indicative)

Or choose to make contribution based on customer’s donation:

< £10,000

£25-75

£/bed, £/booking

x pence/cup of coffee

x pence/glass of beer

% of turnover

£10,000 – £100,000

£150

>£100,000

£200-250

The Partnership is developing a clear policy and a transparent process of how this money will be used to deliver its vision: ”for the Tin Coast to remain ‘special’ for the people who live, work and visit here, and for everyone to contribute to its long term sustainability.”

FAQ 6: Who/what is the Tin Coast Partnership?

This is a local partnership of local businesses and local organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors, who work in the interest of its long term sustainability, so that the Tin Coast remains a great place to live, work, and visit.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact: esther.kieboom@btinternet.com