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New business gets seal of approval

A new South Holland fish processing business is up and running following a seal of approval from South Holland District Council's Food Safety team.

Cllr Malcolm Chandler

One Fish Company, based in Millennium Way, Wingland, Sutton Bridge, was granted Full Approval of a Food Business Establishment, following visits from SHDC's Food Safety Officers over the past few months.

During the inspections, officers ensured that the firm's equipment and facilities met with current legislation and were able to advise staff on correct food safety procedures.

The firm stores, labels and dispatches salmon to supermarkets and having moved to the site at the start of the year, were keen to start trading as quickly as possible.

Any company that handles or prepares food products of animal origin which are not being sold directly to customers must be approved by the local authority and SHDC prides itself on offering an efficient and thorough service.

The council is also committed to attracting and supporting new businesses to help the South Holland economy develop and grow and creating new jobs in the area.

Alex Stewart, Operations Manager for One Fish, said: "It's only taken a few months to get this operation and up and running and that's thanks largely to SHDC's Food Safety team.

"They have been fully co-operational and supportive from the outset, allowing us to focus on the many other tasks involved with setting up a new business."

Ian Trevor, from Spalding consultancy firm Food Fix Limited, who helped oversee the inspections, added: "This is a great example of organisations working well together to get a company off the ground."

Malcolm Chandler, South Holland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Food Safety, said: "We are keen to welcome new businesses to the district and give them the help and support they require to establish themselves.

"In this case it is particularly pleasing that the company has been able to start trading within in a matter of months and will be employing local people."

For more information about food safety and setting up a food business visit www.sholland.gov.uk.

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