17 years ago fish-filleter Walter Simpson used an £8,000 redundancy cheque from his mother to set up a stall in Hull’s fish market. Despite a shrinking fish-processing industry in the UK – subject to new overseas competition – D.R.Simpson Chilled Foods has grown sales to £8.6m. The company mostly purchases haddock and cod from local markets like Hull to markets in Iceland. It then processes and packages fresh and frozen fish in standard weights, differentiating itself from many of its competitors. Simpson sells to major UK supermarket chains, such as ASDA and Freshfields. Managing director, Philip Amos, says focus in each of these areas gives Simpson its edge. Success hasn’t come easily. One night two years ago, a fire thought to have been started by arsonists destroyed the company’s loading dock. Overnight, employees built a makeshift loading area. By 6am the business was back in action.

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Company details
Year1998
Rank11
CompanyDR Simpson Chilled Foods
ActivityFish freezing and processing for supermarkets
LocationHull
Annual sales rise over 3 years130.27%
Latest sales £000s8,599
Staff120
Founded1991

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