Seafood producers listed among Britain's most successful private companies –

Seafood producers listed among Britain’s most successful private companies Published:  14 October, 2009

TWO leading fish producers have been listed among Britain’s most successful 250 mid market private companies.

British Seafood, which has substantial manufacturing interests in Grimsby and Hull based Andrew Marr International rank along with the likes of London top store Harrods and Manchester United Football Club as the businesses proving the most resourceful and resilient in ploughing through the economic downturn.

Sponsored by the HSBC Bank and the financial giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, the list was published at the weekend by The Sunday Times and is now regarded as a key barometer to economic performance in the mid market private sector.

With sales of just over £280 million – up by almost £2 million on the previous year – Andrew Marr International is a described as a seafood trader which can trace its origins back to 1870. It trades fish both internationally and within the UK and products include mackerel and sardines. The company is also involved in fishing vessel management in UK waters, temperature controlled storage and distribution and it has offices in Norway and America.

Founded by Mark Holyoake, British Seafood, which specialises in sourcing, processing and distributing fish and shellfish to food producers worldwide, saw its sales jump by £53 million to £255.8 million in 2007, the latest year for available financial information.

British Seafood’s most recent large scale acquisition was Five Star Fish of Grimsby which is undergoing a £7 million expansion which will create many new jobs.

Five Star is a leading supplier to the UK food service market.