Business Award for Kinloch Damph Fish Farming Today Published: 17 June, 2003
WESTER Ross smolt producers, Kinloch Damph Ltd., (KLD) have won the runners-up award as Business of the Year in the 2003 Highlands & Islands Business Awards, sponsored by Ernst & Young.
KLD, who produce seven million smolts a year from their hatchery at Couldoran, Kishorn, have grown from a one-employee business in 1985 to a 50-person multi-strand enterprise today.
“We’re obviously delighted to receive this award,” said Mark Pattinson, chairman of KLD, a family-run business, which he runs with wife, Gillian, and son, John. “It’s a good reminder to us of what has been achieved during the past 18 years, especially as we are constantly focusing on the next target and often wondering how we’re going to make it work.”
Before Mark & Gillian took over Lochcarron Estate, Kishorn, where Couldoran is based, the business employed one person. Now, through a combination of fish farming, a well-managed stalking enterprise, the restocking of the local river with sea trout and salmon, the provision of residential art courses and the letting of holiday cottages, it employs 50 people. During the same time the local village has increased from just one child of school age to 41.
KLD is headed by Mark as company chairman, while Gillian has developed a successful residential art course business with John, as Developments Director, being responsible for the continued growth of the business.
While all sectors of the business are required to make a positive contribution, fish farming remains the core of KLD’s success.