Five Star Fish processing plant. (Photo: Five Star Fish)
Grimsby-based company invests GBP 5m in processing plant
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
Grimsby-based fish firm Five Star Fish is to make a GBP 5 million (USD 6.4 million) investment on a processing plant in an attempt to create a platform for sustained growth and to position the site so it can deliver the future needs of its customers.
The firm, owned by 2 Sisters Food Group since 2010, has managed to make the move thanks to a large contract signed with Marks and Spencer last year, The Grimsby Telegraph reported.
Sources from the firm pointed out that the M&S contract was picked up by Five Star following the shock move by the national store to end its long-standing relationship with another Grimsby business, Icelandic Seachill.
Since then, Five Star has been able to take on further 150 staff at its Athenian Way site off Pyewipe, bringing its workforce to 500.
"Our priority is to continue to work in partnership with customers to ensure that we are well placed to deliver on quality, service and price," pointed out Simon Wookey, 2 Sisters Food Group's Meal Solutions division MD.
Alongside the investment in factories, Meal Solutions has also rolled out a "cross functional lean programme" where all sites share best practice and build towards a gold standard business platform.
For his part, Mark Dalby, acting site lead at Five Star, added: "It's been all hands on deck at Five Star Fish after we won the new business.”
Dalby explained that there has been a period of stabilisation and building, with a strong focus on driving out cost and embedding their efficiency culture so that they are all fit and ready for the future.
"The upgrade has introduced new technology, an extra line and the widening of a second. This has been a huge boost to our colleagues and is a perfect reward for their ongoing hard work and commitment,” Dalby stressed.
The entrepreneur also pointed out that the project has moved at pace and welcomed the support they had from colleagues at other sites.