Providing advice for a crucial sector in our region

The Seafood sector varies dramatically but no matter what your particular niche the need for expert advice on your finances is constant throughout. Whether you’re on the frontline with vessels out catching fish on a daily basis, processing fresh produce from your factory or running a wholesale or retail outlet we are here to help you keep your head above water.

Being established in one of Europe’s most important and historic fishing towns has enabled us to build relations with key industry professionals and work with local organisations within the seafood industry, such as the Grimsby Fish Merchants Association.

Working with these organisations ensures that our specialist seafood team has vast industry knowledge and experience and can provide the best level of support to help business growth and wealth development.

Due to the nature of the industry, we understand the pressure on profit margins, which is why it is vital that cash flow and all other financial matters of your business are constantly monitored. We’ve partnered with the UK’s leading Cloud accounting providers which can integrate with external applications and allow you to record transactions and stay up-to-date on the move.

We understand the pressure on profit margins, which is why cash flow is so vital

How we can help

Our seafood experts can deliver the following services:

  • Help to evaluate the current financial performance of your business and pin-point areas for improvement.
  • Support your applications for grants, finance and locating sources of funding, such as the UK Seafood Innovation Fund.
  • Advice on dealing with the import and export of fish stocks and the relevant VAT implications.
  • Complex capital allowance calculations and assistance with any research and development tax relief available to your business.
  • Accounting for foreign currency transactions and management of associated risks.
  • Help you to plan financially for any changes to quotas and UK rights in the uncertain times post ‘Brexit’, with changes likely to have an impact on future fish prices for all areas of the industry.
  • Review your current stock and computer systems to ensure they’re suitable for your requirements and provide the information you need on yields and profits on specific stock lines.
  • Stay ahead of changing legislation to ensure your business is compliant (e.g. IR35 – Off Payroll working).

What our clients say...

As a seafood trade association we have a diverse membership, but our members have one thing in common: the need for sound, reliable and professional financial advice. Forrester Boyd, with its experience, adds value to sectoral representation. I’m delighted with the relationship, no matter how big or small, simple or complex the query is, I know I’ll receive a qualified, no nonsense answer.

Grimsby Fish Merchants Association Ltd