Whilst supplies to the Grimsby Market have decreased we continue to work with colleagues in Iceland but we recognise the internal changes that impact on the exports of whole fish to Grimsby.
A recent meeting in London with Ambassador Thordur Aegir Oskarsson to discuss mutual business opportunities, not just seafood was encouraging.
We hope the Ambassador will visit Grimsby / The Humber during September to progress further.
Seafood Grimsby and Humber: this new organisation is growing in stature and rapidly becoming recognised as the Clarion of the Seafood Industry. The recent Brussels Seafood Expo (21 - 23rd April), as part of the English Seafood stand proved successful.
Two projects are well underway: The mobile fishmongers’ project has been well received with 41 independent mobile trades signing up to vehicle inspection by a former senior environmental health professional. The code of practice is almost ready and will be a valuable tool for traders.
The next phase is to market the 'vans' via social media, apps, web etc. and pick the top ten vans and use them as a show case for the wider promotion and possibly select one who can champion the work in terms of PR. There is a natural and very sellable TV programme here - a one man TV crew following a champion monger around the country would yield good content. We also want to use Seafish and tie in with their ‘Fish is the Dish’ campaign in terms of recipe ideas for the mobile vans
The second project is supply chain and we will be working with the Grimsby Fish Market, the local catching sector and Agents to identify and attract more supply. We know the dynamic of purchasing is changing, it’s much easier to source direct. But there is still a need for a market. The industry stakeholders have a responsibility to work collaboratively to attract supply, if that initiative fails the Market will have no option other than to source and sell direct.
This business plan articulates the collective view of the industry on the strategy for the continued development and growth of the seafood processing cluster.
Key challenges include:
· Financial stability – strengthen and stabilise the organisation’s financial position
· People – develop and grow an experienced team that can meet industry’s increasing demand
· Focus – provide a package of support that meets members and partners expectations and offers value for money
· Communications – improve awareness of the industry and engagement with its stakeholders across the cluster
· Projects – annual programme of initiatives to address industry challenges and opportunities with the support of partners and funders.
· SG&H has been asked to write the Food and Seafood strategy for the local authorities Development & Growth Board. This is a unique opportunity to be the ‘architect’ and influence the decision makers.
Seafood Grimsby and Humber (SGH) - Vision for the future
“To champion the Grimsby and the wider Humber seafood processing cluster across the supply chain from mobile fishmongers to corporate giants”.
“To develop and enhance the competitive performance, quality practices and global reputation of a sustainable Grimsby and wider Humber region seafood processing industry”.
The link below will give details of the extension of EFF/MMO grant funding.
If you are interested please contact Liz at Seafox details as below. Liz is an expert and will advise you accordingly
Director of Funding and Grants
Seafox Management Consultants Ltd.
Office: Humber Seafood Institute, Origin Way, Europarc, Grimsby, DN37 9TZ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1472 361623
Mob: +44 7817 471 525