Processor of the Year 2016
Flatfish Ltd has been crowned the best in the country in the UK’s only awards ceremony celebrating the commercial fishing industry.
Flatfish Ltd fought off the challenge from several other highly successful processors across the country to achieve the accolade at the Fishing News Awards, held in Aberdeen on Thursday, May 26 2016.
The company stormed ahead in the Fish Processor of the Year category, taking more than 74 per cent of all votes cast in the public ballot.
It comes after it was named by the London Stock Exchange as one of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain earlier this year.
Founded by Steven Stansfield in 1979, Flatfish has grown from the humble beginnings of a stall on Grimsby’s fish pontoon into a state-of-the-art, multi-million-pound processing facility in Stirling Street, with ambition to expand even further.
The awards were hosted by Sunday Brunch co-presenter Simon Rimmer, a professional chef and restaurateur, who is chef patron of two award-winning restaurants in Manchester.
“As a chef myself, I know how important it is to consistently source the best quality seafood. Flatfish puts a huge amount of effort into ensuring their product meets this standard while still producing a high volume of filleted fish. Their ethos towards fish is a shining example for how all fish producers should operate.”
Brought back after an eight-year absence, the Fishing News Awards celebrate the men and women who work long hours, often in extremely difficult conditions, to put healthy and sustainable food on our tables.
David Linkie, editor of Fishing News, awards organiser, said:
“Flatfish puts the quality and sustainability of its product ahead of all else. From entering the Flatfish factory, all fish have full electronic traceability; including landing date, catch area, vessel name/registration, port of landing, fishing method and mesh size. This kind of information is invaluable in the effort to ensure fishing remains sustainable, and it’s fantastic to see onshore fishing businesses take this as seriously as the fishermen who catch the fish in the first place.”
Flatfish Ltd named one of the ‘1,000 companies to inspire Britain’
Flatfish has been named one of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG).
LSEG placed Flatfish on the 2016 edition of its ‘1000 companies to inspire Britain’, which celebrates SMEs, examines the opportunities and challenges facing them, and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.
“The selection criteria require companies to have shown not just growing revenue over the past four years, but also to have outperformed their sector peers”, said LSEG CEO Xavier Rolet.
“Our unique methodology, devised by DueDil (itself a leading high-growth technology SME), reveals once again a community of UK businesses richer and more varied than we believe ever identified in any other exercise of this type.”
“We want particularly to shine a light on the companies variously identified as ‘gazelles’, ‘the vital 6%’ or ‘scale-ups,’ which have a remarkably disproportionate impact on UK national economic output. As the CBI recently confirmed, 3,000 scale-up medium-sized businesses contributed £59 billion to the UK economy between 2010 and 2013, effectively making the crucial difference between recession and recovery. To put it another way, just a 1% increase in the number of high-growth businesses would create 230,000 new jobs and add £38bn or 2% to UK GDP.”