BIM, Ireland’s seafood development agency, has launched a nationwide campaign to find the most talented and knowledgeable young fishmongers.

Entries are invited for the BIM Young Fishmonger Award, the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award for 2018, along with the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award  to pinpint Ireland’s ‘most progressive, professional and knowledgeable’ retail businesses. 

BIM 2017 Young Fishmonger Eimantas Jean Yves prepping

Eimantas Zvirblis (left) winner of the 2017 BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year (Supermarket Seafood Specialist) and Jean Yves, chef at Donnybrook Fair, prepare and cook an alternative Easter Sunday lunch. Photo Paul Sherwood

Two awards: ‘Supermarket Seafood Counter’ and ‘Independent Seafood Specialist’ focuses on fishmongering skillsets and demand excellent seafood knowledge, strong technical preparation skills, coupled with ‘outstanding customer service’.

The inaugural business retail award is open to supermarket managers and independent fishmongers, and will recognise business models that clearly demonstrate a strong business acumen that sets them apart.

The winner of the young fishmonger award will receive a specially-designed trophy and PR support, and will participate in a two-day cookery course at the Rick Stein Cookery School in Padstow, Cornwall.

Winners of the seafood business retail award will receive a prized worth €15,000 including a brand review audit, PR training and support, and access to business experts covering HR to financial advice. 

Closing date for entries is April 28, 2017