Boost your seafood skills and expertise
OPPORTUNITIES to improve, grow and upskill will be underlined to Grimsby's premier industry when the first Humber Seafood Development Day is held in the town.
Seafish, the Government body that oversees the sector, is hosting the free event, building on the success of recent summits that have seen hundreds of people expand their knowledge and hone expertise through seminars.
To be held at Humber Seafood Institute, on Thursday, February 14, it presents processors and importers with the opportunity to learn more about financial support and trading opportunities.
Dr Paul Williams, chief executive of Seafish, said: "We have devised the Humber Seafood Development Day programme with the needs and concerns of the seafood industry in mind. Those attending will receive information and support on the matters that most concern them – trade and funding. This event reinforces Seafish's commitment to helping the fishing industry reach its potential."
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With speakers including Stephen Noblett of UK Trade and Investment, Richard Hill of Grimsby Institute, Simon Dwyer and Liz Baghurst from Seafox – a private company specialising in funding and management consultancy – and representation from North East Lincolnshire Council, the day will be broken down into three 90-minute sessions. It starts at 11am looking at trading opportunities, providing a detailed look at new and existing partnerships. A second workshop covers funding, with the final session taking in basic skills and training.
Seafish and the Humber Seafood Group hope to turn Humber Seafood Development Day into an annual event.
Leendert den Hollander, pictured, chief executive of Young's Seafood, and vice-chairman of the Humber Seafood Group, said: "The development day is an important opportunity to continue developing industry practices within the Humber region. Each of the speakers at the event brings with them a wealth of experience and knowledge and will provide insight into key issues, which will be invaluable to participants.
"It is vital that members of our industry come together and discuss their own experiences and establish new business opportunities, particularly focusing on how we motivate consumers to eat seafood twice a week, as this will allow the fishing industry to continue evolving."
To reserve a place on a specific workshop or to attend the whole day, contact Tricia Jordan on 01472 252317 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, February 8.