Grimsby seafood supplier triples processing capacity with opportunity for further growth

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 14 Dec 2018

A seafood supplier has tripled his processing capacity after buying new premises and consolidating operations on one site.

Atlantic Ocean Seafoods Ltd, wholesalers and exporters of cod and haddock, has taken on a further staff member following the purchase and extensive refurbishment of a dedicated unit in Prince Albert Gardens, Grimsby.

The move from two rented properties, a processing site on South Humberside Industrial Estate and office space in Alexandra Dock Business Centre, has allowed managing director Rob Miall to make the business’ operations more efficient, providing opportunity for further growth, with potential to employ more.

He said: “There was a lot of work to be done, and we still have some work to do, but we’re now in a much better environment with a much better focus. With everything under one roof, it’s all go.”

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Atlantic Ocean Seafoods is investing in all areas of repair from flooring and security to lighting sensors and new equipment in order to make the business more energy efficient. Since moving, 80 per cent of the business’ plastic, polystyrene and paper waste is recycled.

To help with repair costs of the property, E-Factor Business was able to secure a £30,000 grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Steve Parker, E-Factor Business Growth Hub Advisor, assisted Rob with funding enquiries after meeting at a breakfast networking event, creating business plans and forecasting before making the grant application.

Rob added: “We couldn’t have done half the work without the grant. Without Steve’s help, this just wouldn’t have happened.”

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The pair are now in the process of applying for another grant, which would help to purchase new scales. The business is also working towards accreditation in the Safe and Local Supplier Approval scheme for food and drink producers.

Steve said: “It was great to be able to help a thriving business in Grimsby’s historic fishing industry with its move to the new premises. What Rob and his team have achieved so far is a great result.”

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