Greater Lincolnshire LEP visit to Grimsby Seafood Cluster October 2020

On 13th October LEP Chair Pat Doody, Deputy Chair Sarah Louise Fairburn, Chief Executive Ruth Carver and agrifood advisor Martin Collison, visited the Humber Seafood Cluster with Lincolnshire County Council Chief Executive Debbie Barnes and Karen Seal of the Inward Investment team.

They were hosted by Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive of Seafish, Simon Dwyer who leads Seafood Grimsby and Humber and Yvonne Adam, Director of Youngs Seafood (part of the 850 Group) and a LEP Board Member.

During the meeting the potential for the fish processing sector to grow was discussed and an agreement was reached to work together by focusing on three priority areas for growth:

  • Skills, innovation and sustainable productivity growth;
  • Trade including imports, exports and inward investment;
  • Ports and logistics to deliver an efficient food chain.

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The visit also showcased Made Great in Grimsby, #MGIG, the branding launched for the cluster’s seafood products in October 2019.  Now a year old, Simon Dwyer commented that: “It’s our first anniversary and since the launch we are pleased with the engagement with #MGIG. Five seafood businesses have redesigned their packaging to accommodate the logo and other organisations like, E-Factor small business support, are using the logo too.  Significantly it’s now trademarked and we have exciting plans for the logo aligned to creating the awareness of the 100’s of seafood products processed in over 50 approved processing plants in Grimsby”.