Grimsby’s seafood processing sector has been given a boost, after a consortium of fish merchants were given a £1M grant by The European Fisheries Fund last month.
The consortium, Grimsby Seafood Village, will use the money to build processing facilities, for which it is waiting to receive planning permission. “We have £1.4M funding in place but the grant was needed to ensure the scheme stacked up,” said Gary Cadey, joint md of Grimsby Seafood Village. “It’s been a long road to get to this point but our patience, determination and belief in the project has paid off.”
He said he hoped that planning permission would be granted as soon as possible because the contractors were in place to start building the facility. The first phase will see the opening of a processing factory, with offices and storage. Phase two will see the addition of cold stores and a distribution centre.
The European Fisheries Fund provides EU financial assistance to support the sector.