Fish company invests £5m after securing M&S contract

Five Star Fish, a food processing business in Grimsby, is investing £5m in its plant following the win of a major client.

Five Star, part of the 2 Sisters Group, reportedly won a major supply contract with Marks & Spencer from Grimsby rival Icelandic Seachill, ending a decades-long relationship with the retailer, according to the Grimsby Telegraph.

£250m- turnover Seachill is currently up for sale by its Reykjavik-based parent Icelandic.

Since the contract win, Five Star has been able to employ a further 150 people at its site on Athenian Way in Grimsby, bringing staff numbers to 500.

It was acquired in 2010 by 2 Sisters.

Mark Dalby, acting site lead at Five Star said: “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 widened 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.”