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29th September 2017

Business Opportunity - Fishmongers for Sale

A unique opportunity to acquire an established Fishmonger's Shop in a beautiful West country village of South Petherton, Near Yeovil

The business has huge potential for an enthusiastic buyer to expand. The shop deals mainly with fresh fish, shellfish and smoked fish, as well as offering a seafood deli counter and an extremely popular homemade range of dishes, including fishcakes, fish pies, and various patés and made to order seafood platters.

Full set of accounts available on request. For further details please call Philip Pearce on Tel 07831 368798.

FOR SALE AT A COST OF £39,000

21st September 2017

Seafood Week

Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018: Winner's prizes announced by organisers

As the deadline closing date of 30th September fast approaches for entries from speciality food & drink retailers from across the UK and Northern Ireland, the organisers have announced some of the prizes the overall Farm Shop & Deli Awards '2018 Retailer of the Year' can win.

Through the extensive marketing and social media campaigns run during the entry stage, entrants to the 2018 Awards can benefit from exposure to over 14,000 viewers to the Awards website, Twitter and Facebook pages - which increases through the finalist and then the winners stages.

In addition to the above extensive coverage, Farm Shop & Deli Awards are pleased to announce their Retailer of the Year winner will also receive a two page 'Spotlight' feature in The Grocer publication.

Seafood Week As media partner to the awards, The Grocer is a multi award winning, premier weekly magazine for the biggest industry in the UK - the food and drink retail sector. The Grocer caters to the entire industry, from directors of the large multiples to independent retailers, enjoying strong readership among growers, food processors and manufacturers, as well as key opinion formers and the national media.

Moreover, the winner will also receive a personalised social workshop, from food-specialist agency Digital Blonde.

The session will be run by Digital Blonde's founder Karen Fewell, who also heads up The Food Marketing School. The specially designed session will cover all social media channels and recent updates to these, identifying opportunities and ensuring the winners are making the most of them. In this bespoke workshop, they will review current activity and discuss tactics to help reach their target audience.

The time with Digital Blonde will even include how to incorporate psychology into marketing and social media communications. Winners will come away with an enhanced understanding of consumer decision making, and how to use these insights to drive footfall and increase sales.

Farm Shop & Deli Awards will also promote the finalists and winners online and through press activity, as well as providing them will the tools to promote their achievements with their local press and customers.

"The awards help to promote businesses like ours, so it is important to be involved. Also, aside from the huge amount of free marketing and publicity to tap into, the awards provide novel ways to interact with customers - encouraging them to vote is always a fun 'competition' between staff!" Delifonseca, Food Hall of the Year winners 2018

There is still time for specialist retailers to enter the awards before the 30th September deadline. With a host of information available on the awards website, including videos and blogs from judges and previous winners, any interested retailer should take a look, and enter today, at farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/awards

1st September 2017

Seafood Week

Sign up now to get the most out of Seafood Week 2017

Fishmongers are being urged to sign up to Seafood Week - and offered marketing materials and promotional ideas to help them make the campaign a success for their businesses.

Seafood Week will be back in October with eight days of promotion and marketing activities of fish and shellfish, and organisers Seafish are looking for fishmongers to sign up for the campaign now.

The campaign enters its third year with a series of media activities, online promotion, and business events, taking place across the UK.

And fishmongers looking to get the most out of the event are being urged to sign up as partners now.

Seafish Marketing Manager Heather Middleton said: "Seafood Week is about getting more people to enjoy seafood, which can only be a good thing for industry and seafood businesses. By teaming up with Seafish for the campaign, we can help businesses across the UK to promote themselves and maximise the benefits of Seafood Week.
"We are looking for people to sign up for the campaign now and let us know how they are planning to celebrate Seafood Week. It's easy to do and there is no cost attached."

In previous years, businesses across the UK have hosted educational events by arranging school visits, invited local media to tours of their business operation, and put on special discounts, competitions and promotions.

By signing up as partners, Seafish can support businesses looking to make the most of the campaign, which runs from Friday, October 6 until Friday, October 13.

To become a partner for Seafood Week, sign up at www.fishisthedish.co.uk/seafoodweek/my-seafood-week. Find Seafood Week materials at orders.seafish.org.

26th June 2017

City of London

2017 British Fish Craft Championships

JOIN US AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND FOR THE 65th BRITISH FISH CRAFT CHAMPIONSHIPS 26th & 27th August 2017

Watch the best of the UK's fishmongers showcase their unique and traditional skills in this leading industry event.

This year set within the grounds of the world famous Billingsgate Market

Saturday 26th August

Come along for a series of demonstrations all prepared by some of the UK's leading fishmongers and then cooked up in simple recipes by Billingsgate Seafood Training School – With free recipe cards and taster sessions available

Sunday 27th August

Watch competitors from all aspects of the industry compete against each other in a series of individual rounds with the overall winner walking away with the prestigious title of British Fish Craft Champion 2017.

Each round is judged by our expert fishmongers, including Past Champions, with points being awarded for skill and performance, presentation, hygiene and appearance.

Over £4000.00 in Prize money on offer

The brochure and entry forms are now available - click here for more information

26th June 2017

Career Opportunities - Strive Training

Strive Training

Various vacancies available in London.

Strive Training, an accomplished private training provider who deliver nationwide training courses, are currently looking to recruit permanent assessors for the Proficiency skills qualifications in:
Fish and Shellfish, Meat and Poultry, Fresh Produce, Brewery, Food Industry Skills, Education and Training

Food and Drink Assessor essential criteria:
*Applicants must be qualified Assessors with a recognised Assessor award: D32/D33, A1, TAQA or working towards their qualification will be considered.
*Experience of delivering full Apprenticeships in Food and Drink, Functional Skills.
*Must hold appropriate occupational competency in any of the above areas of at least 2/3 years in the Industry.
*The ability to hit the ground running.
*Organisational skills are a must.

Food and Drink Assessor duties:
*Assess and support learners through full Apprenticeship frameworks in Proficiency Skills.
*Targeted to actively recruit learners to grow your own caseload and maintain size of caseload through marketing and sales activities
*Manage/maintain a caseload of approx. 40 learners, the successful candidate will plan and coordinate their own diary to ensure learners are being visited in a timely fashion
*Visit/observe learners in their place of work to gather evidence towards their Apprenticeship/QCF qualifications.
*Manage your diary efficiently to ensure timely visits and reviews are conducted.
*Organise and maintain documentation on learners' progress.
*Support, advise and motivate learners.
*Overcome barriers to learning and adapt delivery to meet learner's needs.
*Meet Assessor KPI's in terms of timely visits, quality paperwork and general administration.

This is an excellent opportunity to work for an organisation which offers career development, career progression and excellent earning potential.
If you have the relevant skills, qualifications and are passionate about making a difference in the education of learners, please get in touch with us!
Email: kberkowitz@strivetraining.co.uk with your CV and cover letter, quoting the reference ‘fish federation

10th March 2017

Farm Shop & Deli Show

Deli Show

Birmingham NEC 24th - 26th April 2017

FREE to attend, the Farm Shop & Deli Show is a market leading retail event, at the show you'll find ideas, innovative suppliers and exciting products you need to make 2017 a year to remember! Passionate about what you do, finding like-minded suppliers is necessary to make your business succeed. So make sure you come along to Farm Shop & Deli 2017 to touch and taste everything it has to offer.

The show is also the home of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards where 13 category winners (including a 'Farm Shop & Deli Fishmonger of the Year') and our overall 'Retailer of the Year' are announced live on stage on Monday 24th April by Nigel Barden.

With over 450 companies exhibiting from across the full speciality retail spectrum, there is much to see, read more at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/

15th February 2017

Calling all fishmongers

Seafish

Billingsgate Seafood School needs your help

The Seafood School at Billingsgate is taking part in an EU wide project looking at the training which is currently available to fishmongers in different countries.

The e-fishNet project is part of Erasmus+ the EU programme for education and training. We would like to know what training you have received or are currently undergoing and what you think about it. We would also like to know what training fishmongers would like to see available and how you would want it to be delivered.

The aim is to identify gaps in the training and to develop a programme that would be available to everyone. If you can spare 10 minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire and give your views, we would be very grateful.

There are 3 ways you can take part:

  • Go to www.seafoodtraining.org, click on 'About us' then 'Fishmonger and specialist training' where you will see the questionnaire
  • If you prefer to receive a copy of the questionnaire by email please contact Lyn Gower at lyn@seafoodtraining.org
  • Call Kirsty at the Seafood School on 0207 517 3548 and answer the questions over the phone

12th February 2017

Seafish to kick off new health campaign – Fish 2 a week

Seafish

Seafish is launching a new health campaign which aims to encourage the public to eat two portions of fish a week.

Fish 2 a week will focus on the health benefits of seafood by explaining that by eating just two portions of seafood each week, people can lead healthier lives, and has been developed following the success of Seafish's award-winning Superfishoil campaign which concentrated on omega-3.

The new campaign is an opportunity for businesses to promote the benefits of eating seafood and as a way of encouraging the general public to eat more fish and shellfish. An industry toolkit of marketing materials, social media ideas, and official logos is available to download on the new website www.2aweek.co.uk. You can also get involved in the campaign, which launches on February 13, on social media by following the hashtag #my2aweek.

NHS and health professionals recommend we eat two portions of fish each week, one of which should be oily fish. Fish 2 a week will be getting this message out to people and encouraging them to eat more fish more often.

For further information on the campaign, contact Kieran Westbrook at Seafish by emailing Kieran.westbrook@seafish.co.uk.

2nd February 2017

Business Opportunity - Mobile Fishmonger Van for Sale

Seafish

Sadly due to other commitments, an opportunity is available to purchase a mobile fishmonger van, complete setup and, if required, an established delivery round in the Taunton/Somerset area will be included free of charge.

For Sale by a long standing member of the NFF and well known face within the fish industry, the vehicle is in great condition, with all the necessary fixtures and fittings, including hot water, and in its current form has been awarded a 5 for food hygiene rating.

The van is a 2014 VW Transporter T28 SWB. it is a 2.0TDI and has only covered just over 24k miles, with one previous owner up to 3800miles the van is well maintained and fully serviced.

Purpose converted as a mobile fishmonger van in 2015 it has a Webasto under bonnet fridge unit fitted by the Cold Consortium in Hull. It has a hot water basin, led internal lighting, paper dispensers, storage, display and preparation areas.

A great opportunity for someone new to the industry to get a flying start and a great price of just £16000 plus VAT - for more information or to view the van please contact Rob on 07792 750405