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Analysing the marketing strategies that fish farming businesses in the UK can use to gain a competitive advantage

Christiana Adeola Olawunmi (School of Management, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)
Andrew Paul Clarke (School of Management, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore marketing strategies that UK fish farming businesses can use to gain a competitive advantage. The marketing strategies examined include product branding and core competencies, sales promotion, market positioning and segmentation.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey through an online questionnaire was mailed to five randomly selected trade associations of UK fish farming businesses and distributed to their registered members, of which 200 responded. Both male and female genders with different age groups and levels of experience in the UK fish farming business participated. In addition, ten articles were sampled for a systematic review.

Findings

Results show that UK fish farming businesses could increase sales by using ecolabels in product branding to attract premium prices, build consumer confidence and using high-quality packages for fish products will keep fish fresh for a longer period.

Research limitations/implications

The scope of this research is limited to the UK. The findings cannot be generalised and used for other jurisdictions because of variable economic and market conditions.

Originality/value

A significant recommendation from this case study is that fish farming businesses need to be creative and innovative in ways such as leveraging branding, sales promotions and core competencies to win the trust and confidence of consumers. Most importantly, each fish farming business should know the specific marketing strategy that works for them; this case study shows that not all branding and sales promotion techniques enhance competitiveness. The scope of this research is limited to the UK. The findings cannot be generalised and used for other jurisdictions because of variable economic and market conditions.

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Acknowledgements

Data availability statement: Data that support the findings of this study are available on request in UCLanData repository at https://doi.org/10.17030/uclan.data.00000304.

Citation

Olawunmi, C.A. and Clarke, A.P. (2022), "Analysing the marketing strategies that fish farming businesses in the UK can use to gain a competitive advantage", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-03-2022-0039

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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