Business Development

BIM provides regional support to seafood companies. Through funding and business planning and development, we can help your company chart a course for the future by identifying new market opportunities.

Business Mentoring Support Panel

Where required, BIM can offer client companies up to three days business mentoring support with a panel of external business mentors.
Please contact your Key Account Manager to discuss your requirements. 

Category Management Plans

We develop category management plans for the main commercial seafood categories:

  • Salmon
  • Pelagic
  • Whitefish
  • Prawns
  • Crab
  • Mussels

After examining all elements of the production and value chain, we advise industry on both immediate improvements that can be made and longer-term business opportunities.

Under our Seafood Category Management Scheme, we develop and fund common-interest projects to deal with key category issues.

Business Snapshot

Our Business Snapshot survey can efficiently determine your business requirements and identify which BIM services will best help you at present. Our regional advisors will work with you to create a ‘snapshot’ of your business needs over the phone or in person.

Brand development

We can work with your seafood company to develop a modern brand that will differentiate your product in the market and drive sales.  

  1. Initally the Step by Step Guide on Branding (pdf 1,012Kb)  will guide you through the process of developing your core brand attributes.
  2. We can then assist you to develop your ideas with the help of an external design consultant providing financial support where possible.

For more information, contact:
Ian Mannix
Direct: +353 1 2144 105
Mobile: +353 87 6624 941

Want to start a seafood business in Ireland?

If you plan to start up a new seafood retail or processing business in Ireland, we can assist you in:

  • Understanding the market
  • Developing new ideas for products or processes in our Seafood Innovation Hub
  • Writing a business plan
  • Increasing your awareness of legislation that applies to the industry and the regulatory bodies
  • Identifying the range of BIM services that will be of help to your business
  • Acquiring the necessary food safety management and HACCP qualifications through our FETAC accredited training courses

Download our New Business Start-up Pack 2014 (pdf 2,668Kb) 

Ian Mannix
Ian Mannix
Speak to me about: business planning advice in the East, brand development and the Seafood Programme
Direct: +353 1 2144105
Mobile: +353 87 6624941
Michael Gallagher
Speak to me about: developing your business in the North West region
Direct: +353 74 9732605
Mobile: +353 87 2897590
Maírtín Walsh
Speak to me about: developing your business in the western region, and aquaculture and seaweed
Direct: +353 91 539364
Mobile: +353 87 7870610
John Hackett
Speak to me about: developing your business in the south west region and seafood retail development and advice
Mobile: +353 87 2334497

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