BIM and Grant Thornton forge strategic partnership to deliver new Management Development Programme

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, in partnership with Grant Thornton, has today announced the launch of its new Management Development Programme, Propel.

The ambitious programme is specifically aimed at CEOs and senior teams working within fishing, aquaculture and seafood processing sectors in Ireland and has been designed to equip them with skills to develop stable, sustainable and profitable businesses within this important sector. The programme will offer a comprehensive approach to the development of individuals and companies through a range of supports, education programmes and advice.

Speaking at the launch of the new management programme, BIM CEO, Jim O’Toole said:

This new programme has been developed in direct response to industry trends and demands. This sector recorded growth of over 6% last year and contributes some €1.15 billion to the Irish economy. To drive growth and prepare for the challenges facing us, BIM is working with the men and women at managerial level within the sector to enable them to adapt quickly to change and build their businesses in fishing, aquaculture and processing.”

Supports and services will be offered by members of BIM’s Skills Development team and Grant Thornton’s Business Consulting team. The programme will cover key disciplines including finance transformation, operational excellence, strategic support, innovation, sustainable development and skills development.

Each participant on the management programme will undergo a Business Diagnostic Session with BIM and Grant Thornton to determine the specific challenges unique to their business model.  A report will be drawn up following each session detailing areas where they can enhance the performance of their business.

Brendan Foster, Business Consulting Partner at Grant Thornton said,

“At Grant Thornton we recognise the value of the Irish seafood sector to the economy and the role that the sector plays in sustaining rural communities throughout Ireland. That’s why Grant Thornton is delighted to partner with BIM and to help to unlock the potential for growth in Ireland’s seafood sector.”

Spaces on the programme are limited to 12 companies in 2018. The closing date for applications is the 18th of July, 2018. The programme is being financed by BIM through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Make an application.