Humber Seafood tops Britain's industrial clusters – Fishupdate.com

Humber Seafood tops Britain’s industrial clusters Published:  26 March, 2010

THE Humber Seafood Cluster has been hailed as the best industrial grouping in Britain.

Competing against 15 major industries like aerospace, life sciences, biomedical and electronics, the Grimsby based fish group was chosen by an independent judging panel, chaired by the Business Minister Ian Lucas.

The award winner was announced at a gala ceremony at London’s Lancaster House, attended by government ministers and leading industrialists.

In fact there was not going to be an overall winner, but the Humber Seafood Cluster impressed the judges so much that it was decided to change the rules .

Clusters are regional concentrations of related companies and organisations that compete commercially, but also collaborate to share knowledge, increase innovation and drive growth in the sector. They are also designed to raise the profile of UK manufacturers.

Wynne Griffiths, chairman of the Humber Seafood Ltd, and who retired as chief executive of Young’s 18 months ago, said: “This is a magnificent achievement by everyone involved with fish and seafood on the Humber.

“We were up against some very strong opposition and some high tech competitors, so it was great to see a good old fashioned industry like fish come out on top.”

The Humber, was chosen for its “exceptional entrepreneurial dynamism, innovation, skills base and high international level.”

The cluster out of Grimsby declining traditional fish catching industry, and now processes 70 per cent of the nation’s fish.

The cluster’s strategic direction is steered by the board of Humber Seafood Ltd which brings together key stakeholders and businesses from the industry..It now dominated the UK market and was looking to expand at an international level.

Councillor Geoff Lowis, Grimsby’s regeneration chief, said that developments such as the Humber Seafood Institute, the proposed new Grimsby Seafood Village and the Grimsby Fish Market Redevelopment and the recent designation of traditionally smoked Grimsby Fish had played an important part.