New Processors' Business Aid Launched –

New Processors’ Business Aid Launched European Fish Trader Published:  23 July, 2003

A NEW business advice module designed to help fish processors improve performance and increase profits was rolled out in Humberside for the first time today.

Representatives from the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish), including Andrew Dewar-Durie, Chairman, John Whitehead, Deputy Chairman, Aoife Martin, economist and Malcolm Large, Trade & Quality Executive, launched the scheme at Five Star Fish in Grimsby. This is the first of a series of one to one visits in Hull and Grimsby.

“We used our knowledge of the seafood industry to tailor this business service to companies processing fish, a key sector of the food chain,” explains Andrew. “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.”

The module 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 UK wide business advice service to seafood processors, 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.