Seafish on tour

Posted by Paul Williams, Chief Executive on 08 June 2015

Seafish is on tour, with a series of events around the UK to present the new Corporate Plan. We are covering most of the country, from Peterhead to Plymouth, where we hosted our first meeting on 3rd June. The aim of these events is to explain how the Plan was developed, based on solid industry input from our Panels, and to give levy payers and wider stakeholders the opportunity to question the Executive on how Seafish will meet the objectives described in the Plan.  It has been gratifying that we have had strong support for the events not only from Board members and Panel Chairs, but also from individual members of the Panels. It is so important that the Panel members are willing to say that, although they may not agree with everything in the final Plan, they had their say and they recognise that there was a fair process to balance all the differing priorities.

I have no doubt that we will face some tough questions. Part of the problem with taking a levy is that every sector of industry sees it as their money, to be used to solve their problems. It is often difficult to get someone in a particularly beleaguered section of the industry to recognise that their priorities don't get wider industry support. Of course, some of our occasional problems with levy payer support also come down to poor communication from Seafish. I have lost count of the number of times I have had levy payers telling me "What you ought to be doing is X" only for me to have to explain that we have actually done X for the past few years. I believe our record on communication has improved greatly over recent years, with, for example, our News Alerts on a variety of topics being widely read and well received, but we still have a way to go. Which is why the road show to present the new Corporate Plan is an important opportunity to have the Directors of Seafish available to answer questions.

Dates and venues for these events are below: 

Date Venue Time
3 June 2015 Plymouth Holiday Inn, Armada Way Plymouth, PL1 2HJ 6.30pm-8.30pm
16 June 2015 Edinburgh, Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH 6.30pm-8.30pm
18 June 2015 Peterhead, Buchan Braes Hotel, Station Avenue, Peterhead, AB42 3AR 6.30pm-8.30pm
8 July 2015 London, Wesley Hotel, 81-103 Euston Road, London, NW1 2EZ 6.30pm-8.30pm
20 July 2015 Grimsby, Humber Royal Hotel, Littlecoates Road, Grimsby, DN34 4LX 6.30pm-8.30pm
4 August 2015 Northern Ireland, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Downs Road, Newcastle, Co. Down BT33 0AH 6.30pm-8.30pm
20 August 2015 Wales, Conrah Country House Hotel, Aberystwyth, SY23 4DF 6.30pm-8.30pm

If you would like to attend any of the above events please email events@seafish.co.uk.