#ICYMI — 8th May 2020

As we get to the end of week six in lockdown, it’s been another busy one for us in our remote “offices” and so, many stories in the latest edition of #ICYMI stem from our own clients.

Save our seafood industry: Many sectors have faced incredible strain over recent weeks, however in Scotland, our seafood industry is on its knees with few boats able to go out and processors struggling to operate. Our client, Seafood Scotland this week petitioned the UK’s supermarkets to reopen their fresh fish counters in a bid to restart the industry. With supermarkets up and down the country able to open and sell fresh produce, Seafood Scotland believe that supermarkets play a central role in supporting the industry while the export of Scottish seafood is on hold. With Morrison’s fresh fish counters already open, we hope other stores will soon follow suit to jump start the industry. More on this here.

Foodbank Friday: Glasgow Clyde College has become the first college in Scotland to join the national ‘FE Foodbank Friday’ campaign, which sees further education organisations around the UK pledging to raise money for community food banks. Launched just a week ago, the College has already exceeded its fundraising expectations raising a brilliant £3,700 which will benefit four Glasgow food banks. Standing as a vital pillar in the community, it is heart-warming to see the College further supporting its local neighbourhoods. If you’re feeling generous, you can visit the JustGiving page here.

Retiring to the sun: Some of CalMac’s former lifeboats are to get a new lease of life in Mozambique once the pandemic lifts to serve its tourist industry. The boats, which hold up to 150 people, were removed from MV Isle of Lewis when new upgraded equipment was fitted. This is not the only new home for the boats that were built to serve routes between Oban and Barra, as other former CalMac lifeboats have been repurposed as a polar expedition vessel and a houseboat in the Netherlands. That’s what we call upcycling! Read more here.

And finally: With all our international travel plans on hold for the foreseeable, our wanderlust is high at the moment. However, through the wonder of the internet, many cultural institutions are throwing open their doors for the public to enjoy a little bit of inspiration from our sofa (or sun lounger if you have been able to enjoy this week’s sun). From Frida Kahlo’s former home in Mexico City to a Japanese animation studio museum, the world is at your fingertips — and only requires a reliable internet connection rather than a 15 hour flight. Who knows, maybe this will spark some new bucket list destinations for us all for when we can escape to the sun again.

We’ll be back next week with more #ICYMI. As ever, until then…stay safe.