Seafood experts hope to hook a top award

by Emma Nolan
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TWO Dubliners have made it to the BIM Seafood Retail Business Awards 2018 finals.
Laura Desmond, from Reid’s Fish Market in Howth, was one of four people shortlisted under the Independent Seafood Specialist category, while Scott Smullen of Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt was named a Supermarket Seafood Manager finalist in the competition.
BIM are specifically looking for retail managers that can demonstrate successful business models, and an excellent understanding of seafood, coupled with outstanding business and sales acumen.

Finalist Scott Smullen of Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt

The competition finals will take place in September when each of the finalists will present to a panel of business experts including retail mentor James Burke, entrepreneur and businessman Bobby Kerr, financial advisor Moira Creedon, and Ronald Hovenars, a food business mentor from Holland who brings an international element of insight into progressive seafood retailing.
Speaking after the announcement of the finalists, Jim O’Toole, chief executive of BIM said: “In September the finalists will need to reflect to the judges how they have implemented what they have learned through their mentoring with the experts in BIM for the benefit of the business, and how they plan to grow their businesses into the future. I wish them all the very best of luck.”
The winners will receive a prize package of business supports worth €15,000 including branding and promotional advice, PR training, business mentoring and support, helping to further develop their business into the future.

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