Growing Scotland's seafood business
Across the second quarter of the year Crick worked with Seafood Scotland as part of its input to the Scottish "Connect Local" initiative - a free government funded advisory service to the Scottish Food and Drink industry. Connect Local services are provided by SAC, SAOS and Seafood Scotland, and focus exclusively on supporting Scottish companies selling within the UK.
Crick's task was to canvas members of the Scottish seafood supply chain on their priorities for business development within the UK market-place - based on a programme of industry interviews, backed by an online questionnaire survey and desk-based research. A particular focus of the piece of research was on capturing views on business confidence, identifying key areas of growth within the UK market-place, and establishing areas where Connect Local support would be most helpful. Research outputs contribute to the formulation of the Seafood Scotland and Connect Local support programmes for 2017 and 2018.
Apart from visiting various Scottish seafood centres of large and small-scale production and trading, and drawing on findings from recent work assignments in more peripheral areas of the Scottish coast, Crick took the opportunity to meet with members of the North East White Fish Forum in Peterhead, and to attend the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference held in Inverness in April.