£100k boost for Grimsby fish company

A GRANT of nearly £100,000 from a Regional Growth Fund (RGF) programme is set to help a Grimsby area fish related company expand its growing business.
Freezertech Services Ltd, based applied for the grant from the RGF fund for Developing the Food Manufacturing Cluster in order to help them expand their current premises and buy new machinery to help them grow their business.
The grant is managed by North East Lincolnshire Council with the support of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
The company designs and builds plate freezers, which are used to bulk freeze food products such as fish, meats and pet food into blocks, which are then palletised for transport. The food is pressed between metal plates which are cooled to subfreezing temperatures.
The company has also won a contract to supply plate freezers to BHJ UK Seafood Ltd, which will be moving to the Grimsby area towards the end of the year.
Kyle Bennett, Sales Director at Freezertech said: ‘We’re a family-run business that’s been built over the past 5 years, but we’re now at a crossroads in our growth.
‘We’ve established a reputation for quality and innovation, and that’s creating new opportunities that without the funding, we couldn’t pursue.
‘This grant will allow us to take the company forward and grow the business to make sure it’s fit for the future.
‘The modern freezers and control system we’re supplying to BHJ will allow a 10 per cent increase in production capacity, comparing like for like.’
Richard Sizer, Managing Director of BHJ UK Seafood Ltd, said he was delighted to support a local company.
‘Though we’re part of a large organisation, our philosophy is to support local businesses and people where we can.
‘We’re really pleased to be able to add Freezertech to our supplier list, given we’re moving to Grimsby shortly.’
Councillor, Ray Oxby, portfolio holder for regeneration at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: ‘We’re delighted to help support a small, local company with these funds.
‘It’s great that they’ve had the vision to see where the company needs to grow, and have had the good sense to apply for these funds while they’re still available. I wish them well for the future.’