Falfish's continued growth following fourteen successful applications
In the past 12 months, Redruth based Falmouth Fishselling
Co Ltd (Falfish), has secured Objective One Fisheries investment
for five projects, bringing their total number of Objective
One projects to fourteen, and total European and national
investment to £637,000.
The recent investment has been used for new office software,
a new chill store and fish processing area, a blast freezer,
hygienic cladding and the purchase of insulated bins.
The new office software will enable Falfish to employ new
technologies for full traceability and operational efficiency;
the new chill store is essential, as it maximises storage
capacity and houses a new processing area which will allow
for preparation of new products; the addition of a blast freezer
allows for rapid freezing of the fish product to retain its
high quality; the installation of hygienic cladding in the
'goods in' area brings it in line with the high
standards of the rest of the factory; the insulated bins will
be used to transport increased tonnages of fish such as cuttlefish,
sardines and scallops at low temperatures, therefore improving
quality and shelf-life.
This investment has enabled the company's continued
expansion by constantly improving its capabilities to meet
its customers' requirements.
Mark Greet, Managing Director of Falfish, said: "Falfish
has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months.
Support from the Objective One Fisheries grants has meant
we can maximise our supply of fresh, quality fish to the UK
"As a company we are very pleased to be continuing
to drive the market in the South West, which, with its wealth
of abundant species, is one of the UK's best managed
and sustainably fished areas.
"This vital funding has allowed us to substantially
grow our workforce and we continue to expand our line of products."
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Manager, commented:
"Increasing the value of fish to the Cornish economy
was the core aim of the Fish Industry Task Force on entering
the Objective One Fisheries Programme in 2000. The successful
growth of Falfish demonstrates that the Task Force made the
right decision to prioritise investment in fish processing.
Falfish now adds more value to the high quality fish landed
in Cornwall and the South West, it provides more jobs and
continues to develop new products and new markets. Successful
fish processing businesses are essential to keep up the demand
for fish and to develop new products."
For further information contact Clare Leverton, Objective
One Fisheries Programme Manager, on 01872 270333 or email
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Falmouth Fishselling Co Ltd
through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance Fund
Other projects undertaken by Falfish supported by Objective
One investment include the purchase of a fish skinning machine,
a new ice plant, a new factory, a freezer tunnel, replacement
drains and floors, a cuttlefish hopper, and a sardine filleter.
The company now employs 100 staff including a highly experienced
procurement and production management team, who have transformed
Falfish from the small business established in 1979, to become
the leading multi species seafood processor it is today, and
rightly deserving the Queens Award for Enterprise it gained
Focusing on sustainable development, full traceability, optimal
operational and financial efficiency, by continually working
closely with customers and taking a proactive stance to the
changing marketplace, Falfish is a leading example of what
can be achieved by maximising funding opportunities.
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Fish Industry Task Force
consists of fishermen's representatives, fish merchants/processors,
agents, port managers and fisheries regulators. It provided
a strategic framework and action plan to guide the investment
of the Objective One Fisheries Programme to develop Cornwall's
fishing industry from 2000-2010. The Task Force guided investment
by commissioning research and proactive supportive activities
to ensure the strategy was achieved. The 2000-2010 strategy
document can be found at www.swpesca.co.uk/fisheriestaskforce.htm.
Objective One Fisheries Programme grants are managed by the
Marine and Fisheries Agency, a national agency of Defra (Dept
for Environment and Rural Affairs), www.mfa.gov.uk.
Mark Greet, director of Falfish can be contacted on 01209
314111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clare Leverton, Objective One Fisheries Programme Manager,
can be contacted on 01872 270333 or email@example.com.
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