Bandon fish shop in the running for BIM Seafood Retail Business Award

Lar McCarthy, The Fresh Fish Shop, Bandon, Co. Cork. Pic John Sheehan

BIM is delighted to announce that eight finalists, three of whom are from County Cork, have been shortlisted for the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award 2018 today (Wednesday 19th July 2017).

BIM are specifically looking for retail managers that can demonstrate successful business models, excellent understanding of seafood, coupled with outstanding business and sales acumen. Two of the County Cork finalists are under the Independent Seafood Specialist category, namely, Donagh Good, Good Fish Shop, Carrigiline and Lar McCarthy, The Fresh Fish Shop, Bandon, Co. Cork. Additionally Piotr Wojakowski from  Fields Supervalu in Skibbereen is a finalist in the Supermarket Seafood Manager category. 

Applications were invited for the inaugural Seafood Business Retail Awards under the two headings, Supermarket Seafood Counters and Independent Seafood Specialists. Four candidates from across Ireland have now been shortlisted in each category.  

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, CEO, BIM said, “The objective of this competition is to identify the seafood business with the best seafood business skillset.  The judges will be taking a critical look at management structures, future growth plans, sales and profit performance.  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 finalists are:

Independent Seafood Specialist

Donagh Good, Good Fish Shop, Carrigiline, Co. Cork

Laura Desmond, Reid’s Fish Market, Howth, Co. Dublin

Lar Mc Carthy, The Fresh Fish Shop, Bandon, Co. Cork

Collier, Fisherman’s Catch, ClogherHead, Co. Louth


Supermarket Seafood Manager

Scott Smullen, Dunnes Stores, Cornelscourt, Dublin

Daniel Drwall, Tarpeys SuperValu, Co. Cavan

Dan O’Regan, Garveys SuperValu, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Piotr Wojakowski, Fields SuperValu, Skibbereen, Co. Cork


The winners of the BIM Seafood Retail Business Award 2018 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.