The Food and Drink event organised by UKTI was held in Reykjavik 25-26 November and culminated in a reception hosted by H M Ambassador Gill. THis was a precursor to an event planned for 5 - 15 February 2015 when "The Best of British" will be showcased in several major supermarkets.
Despite recent inertia there is still a will to make BICC more efective. This was reaffirmed at the AGM in Reykjavik on 25 November 2014. The meeting confirmed commitment to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Iceland and reafirm the objectives of Anglo-Icelandic Trade.
Proposals included working with other Nordic Chambers especially Norway.
The objective of the Chamber is to promote and maintain commercial links between Britain and Iceland.
In accordance with the Chamber’s objective it:
Seafood Grimsby and Humber, the first Board meeting was held on 15 December 2014 and chaired by George Krawiec, a former chief executive of North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby) Council, who was appointed chairman of Seafood Grimsby and Humber in September.
The Board is a cross-sectoral mix of industry and public sector.
Two projects have been approved, funding secured and are underway. The mobile fishmongers project will see the mobile sector undergoing vehicle inspection by a former senior environmental health professional. Curreny > 80 vans leave Grimsby every week to sell direct to the public. The project will establish a database of vans and more crucially enusure they meet the necessary high standards required. A code of practise will also feature. The second phase will be to market the 'vans' via social media, apps etc.
The other project is supply chain and will feature working with the Grimsby Fish Market and the local catching sector amongst others to identify potential sourcess of supply.
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.
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