Grimsby market celebrates retail upgrade

GRIMSBY Fish Market has achieved an advanced version of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard. It is thought to be one of the very few fish markets in the country to have this highly prized standard.
It follows on from another and equally important accreditation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).The award puts Grimsby Fish Market at the forefront when it comes to  doing business with major multiple retailers and others both at home an overseas who now demand this standard as a fundamental requirement before they will deal with an organisation or a company.
BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by more than 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies.
The Standards guarantee the high quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.
Martyn Boyers, chief executive of Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, the company which runs the fish market, said he was pleased at the achievement and the earlier MSC accreditation which should allow the market and its users to sell fish to leading retail names.
‘It has been hard work, but well worth it and a lot of credit must go our manager Carl Hunnysett and Danny Payne also here at the market who have helped us achieve it.’
He said it showed the market had achieved high standards in hygiene, health and safety and fish traceability.
Boyers added that supplies of fish, especially from Iceland, had held up well this year. It was also continuing to develop its offshore energy arm and this includes a new £1.8 million slipway.