A Food and Drink event organised by UKTI is being held in Reykjavik 25-26 November. We are attending to support local food (not seafood companies) to promote their specialist products to potential Icelandic retailers/wholesalers. This will be followed by an event in February 2015 when an Icelandic supermarket will stock British products.
During our visit we will meet several companies / organisations including Promote Iceland, Matis, BICC, H M Ambassador Gill and his team etc to further our relationship.
During their visit to the opening of the Humber Seafood Summit Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and
Thordur Ægir Oskarsson, Ambassador, Embassy of Iceland London met with Steve Norton CEO and George Krawiec Chairman of Seafood Grimsby & Humber to discuss how to renew BICC activity. Also in attendance was Simon Dwyer of Seafox Management Consultants. The meeting confirmed commitment to strengthen the relationship between the UK and Iceland and reafirm the objectives of Anglo-Icelandic Trade. Further discussions will take place in Reykjavik in late November at the BICC AGM.
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, (SGH) a new organisiation that represents the wider seafood sector within the Humber region, including North Yorkshire coast received a further boost at the Humber Seafood Summit when it was announced that George Krawiec, a former chief executive of North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby) Council, had been appointed chairman of Seafood Grimsby and Humber.
A qualified solicitor Mr Krawiec, has worked on many successful projects and brings to the organisation a great deal of experience on organisation and promotion. He also has a hands-on knowledge of the regional seafood cluster which has annual sales totaling more than £2.5 billion.
Two projects have been approved, funding secured and are underway. These are a review of the mobile fishmongers. Circa 100 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. We'll work with the Fish Market and others to identify potential sourcess of supply.
The business plan takes into account the important achievements of the GFMA and sets out a vision to take the organisation forwards. GFMA /SGH will have a clear and transparent purpose to help sustain its members’ and the industry cluster in Grimsby and the wider Humber Region. The aim is to put the organisation on a strong foundation so that it can continue to support and engage with industry for the next 100 years!
This business plan articulates the collective view of the industry on the strategy to be adopted by the GFMA/SGH for the continued development and growth of the seafood processing cluster.
The 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.
Corporate Identity - the GFMA will adopt a new corporate identity to be known as “Seafood Grimsby and Humber” which will be recognisable locally, nationally and internationally.
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