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UK Government Officials learn about #MadeGreatInGrimsby story

November 29, 2021

Officials from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) funding team visited Grimsby to meet industry and stakeholders to learn about the dynamic cluster.

Officials met seafood processing businesses as well as Professor Val Braybrooks from The National Centre for Food Manufacturing, Mike Woods, Chairperson of Grimsby FMA, Wynne Griffiths, Fishmongers' Company regional representative and CEO of Seafish Industry Authority, Marcus Coleman. Having received a presentation on the UK and regional seafood processing industry they heard from Val Braybrooks about ambitions for a Grimsby based centre of seafood processing skills, training and innovation.

DEFRA team talked about the Government's £100m ‘UK Seafood Fund’ and the three pillars of focus being; Innovation and Science, Infrastructure and Skills. Mike Woods commented "The level of interest shown by Government in our cluster is encouraging and the funding that will be released over the next couple of years gives an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to invest in themselves and the supply chain. We very much look forward to hearing more from DEFRA over the coming months."

DEFRA team were represented by Matt Darlison, Jessica Saunders and Adam Kennedy who our pictured with Val Braybrooks.