New Processing Advice Scheme To Be Launched In Shetland –

New Processing Advice Scheme To Be Launched In Shetland European Fish Trader Published:  30 May, 2003

A NEW business advice module designed to help fish processors improve performance and increase profits will be rolled out for the first time with Shetland processors this week.

Seafish designed the new module, in response to industry demand, to focus on the operational aspects of fish processing businesses. It links into a DTI business tool – The Benchmark Index -developed for small to medium sized companies to help them compare their performance with best practice within different industry sectors.

Delivered as part of Seafish’s business advice service, the new module will help processors to identify their current strengths and weaknesses and develop a positive strategy for the company. The business adviser delivering the module will also work with the processor to identify targets for improvement.

The module normally costs around £900 but seafood companies who complete it with Seafish can take advantage of a special, subsidised rate of £100.

Aoife Martin, from Seafish’s economics team, will be visiting Shetland companies on the third and fourth of June in the first phase of rolling out the scheme across the UK. She said: “By allowing companies to rate their performance in relation to other firms in the same sector, this new module will encourage businesses to work together in helping to drive up standards in the industry.”