Huge £5m investment for Grimsby fish company

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 21 Apr 2017

A GRIMSBY fish company is to benefit from a £5 million investment.

Since winning a large contract from Marks and Spencer last year, Five Star Fish has taken on a further 150 staff at its Athenian Way site off Pyewipe, bringing its workforce to 500.

Now, Two Sisters Food Group, which purchased the Grimsby business in 2010, has announced a £5 million investment.

Simon Wookey, Meal Solutions MD, said: "The investment at Five Star will provide the platform for sustained growth, and position the site so it can deliver the future needs of our customers.

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"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."

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.

Britain's biggest food manufacturer, it says it is in the midst of a multi-million-pound programme and the ongoing investments made in the last 12 months represents the largest the business has ever undertaken.

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.

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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.

"We've experienced a period of stabilisation and building, with a strong focus on driving out cost and embedding our efficiency culture so we're 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.

"The project has moved at pace and we've had some fantastic support from colleagues at other sites that have worked with us to develop our food culture, and thereby supply our customers with improved consistency and better eating quality."

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