Founded in 2010 by the late Walter Simpson as a spin-off from his frozen fish company, this Hull-based fresh fish supplier provides packs of chilled fish to supermarkets including Lidl and Morrisons. The frozen fish business ceased trading in 2012, but the fresh processor survived and is now run by the founder’s son, managing director Dean Simpson, 39. Copernus grew sales to £46.7m in 2016, when it launched its Hooked on Fish brand of prepared fish packs, including smoked haddock and ready-to-microwave salmon.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank66
CompanyCopernus
ActivityFresh fish supplier
LocationHull
Annual sales rise over 3 years57.74%
Latest sales £000s46,727
Staff170
Founded2010
Websitewww.copernus.co.uk

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