The seafood cluster around Greater Grimsby has been hailed as the best industrial grouping in Britain.
The Humber Seafood Cluster received the recognition after competing against 15 major industries like aerospace, life sciences, biomedical and electronics, which was chosen by an independent judging panel, chaired by the Business Minister Ian Lucas.
Cluster Marks are a new award recognising the best of Britain's manufacturing clusters and their valuable contribution to the country's economic growth. The idea of the awards is to raise the profile of UK manufacturers involved in cluster activity and to help promote their local strengths internationally. The awards also aim to boost the reputation of the manufacturing sector as a whole and highlight its importance to the British economy.
The cluster's strategic direction is steered by the board of Humber Seafood Ltd which brings together key stakeholders and businesses from the industry; its chairman, Wynne Griffiths, said:
“This is a magnificent achievement by everyone involved with fish and seafood on the Humber. We were up against some very strong opposition and some high tech competitors, so it was great to see a good old fashioned industry like fish come out on top."
The UK’s leading seafood cluster was chosen for its “exceptional entrepreneurial dynamism, innovation, skills base and high international level.”
Business minister Ian Lucas said:
“It was not our intention to have an overall winner of this competition but the strength of support from the panel for the Humber Seafood Processing Cluster was so strong that we wanted to reflect this. So I’m very pleased to name it ‘Best in Show’ at these inaugural Cluster Mark Awards.”
The award is further endorsement of Greater Grimsby’s recognised status as ‘Europe’s Food Town’.