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Posted By: Tom Crump

A VIEW FROM OUR OXFORD INTERN!

 

I’m Tom, a 20 year-old Economics student at the University of Oxford, based in Grimsby. I contacted Seafox in an effort to arrange some work experience in management consultancy at the beginning of August, and the following Monday I met Simon for an interview.

Later that day, I was sat in Seafox’s office at the Humber Seafood Institute, Europarc, in a meeting with a Managing Director of another firm discussing the possibility of broadening Grimsby’s seafood infrastructure, taking notes and contributing to the discussion. The weeks that followed brought more of the same: meeting with directors in and out of the Seafox office, discussing the seafood industry in Grimsby and how Seafox can improve the operations of local firms. I was completely immersed from the off, and learned quickly about the history and function of Grimsby’s seafood industry.

As a part of this, I worked closely with a client to help process and analyse the feedback from a questionnaire which had been previously drawn up by Seafox. I created a method to input the data and to process it, quantifying qualitative feedback to create a presentation to feed back to the client as a service. It has been a huge learning experience for me to have such responsibility and involvement from the outset, and I hope that it has been rewarding for Seafox too.

In addition to this, I assisted with Seafox’s bid writing team. Working with a number of clients, I helped to draft the bids to unlock Governmental and European funding for the local area. I swiftly learned about the criteria behind the bids, about the detail required to successfully unlock the funding and about the craft behind writing a successful bid. In the coming weeks, we will find out whether the bids were successful.

As my short time with Seafox draws to a close, I have been reflecting on the experience which brought me into contact with prominent figures both locally and nationally: this includes chief executives, managing directors, influential public and private sector figures and even a government minister. I had no idea how active and lively the local fishing industry still was, but these few weeks have been a magnificent insight into what the local region has to offer. It was thoroughly refreshing to see the dynamism of the Grimsby job market, too - there are opportunities available throughout the town, and I thoroughly believe that young people can thrive here. Particularly in engineering, I feel that there is huge potential for careers to flourish here, and I hope that local young people recognise this.

Posted By: Liz Baghurst

 

OH WE DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE!

 

Much is spoken about the sustainability of coastal tourist resorts in the UK and their prospects for the future. As active stakeholders in North East Lincolnshire’s economy Seafox has been delighted to observe and contribute towards the progress being made in Cleethorpes last year, a Town with great prospects and a strong sense of identity.

The Town certainly has a buzz about it and has seen the emergence of an evening economy to rival many Cities, in no small part owing to the growth of offshore wind and our other thriving sectors. It is encouraging to see investments being made by the private sector in the service industry with the Premier Inn Cleethorpes, Riverside, People Bar to name but a few.

In 2015 a brand new partnership called Coast NEL was established by the areas’ Visitor Economy Services and Retail Group which has championed a winning bid to Government for £25,000 to invest in developing and driving the strategy for growth. This will help to galvanise partners in the community as well as providing an opportunity to improve engagement with Government.

Seafox also played its role and was delighted to support the delivery of a grant from the Regional Growth Fund towards The Pier, Cleethorpes, a top quality development of a most iconic property. It was a pleasure to work with father and son team Bryan and Simon Huxford to enable the restoration of this special building. The refurbishment has seen the creation of modern multi-purpose venue that will host a wide variety of events from unique weddings to business conferences and exciting functions. The Pier, Cleethorpes, has also generated over 30 new jobs and launched a new restaurant, tearoom and public house which are attracting visitors from outside the area as well as serving local patrons. The development has cast a spotlight on the resort nationally and internationally by playing host to the World Seafood Congress welcome party earlier this year to a global audience and we are certain this will be the first of many such prestigious events held in Cleethorpes.

2016 will also bring a new Cycle Hub to Cleethorpes which will provide a facility for the enjoyment and promotion of cycling in the resort. Cleethorpes has crafted a role for itself as modern visitor centre and quality place to be for local people, the prospects look sunny for its continued prosperity. Can’t wait to see what else 2016 has in store and how we can be involved!