FISH and chip entrepreneur Ken Blow has expanded his business to South Yorkshire, creating more than 40 jobs by opening a new restaurant with the support of a six-figure loan from Lloyds TSB Commercial.
Mr Blow’s KB Fisheries business, which trades as Kenny’s and has restaurants in Worksop and Retford in North Nottinghamshire, has opened its first South Yorkshire outlet on Doncaster Road, Rotherham.
Mr Blow said: “This new site particularly appealed as it is ideally placed on a busy road between Rotherham and Doncaster, which means a lot of passing trade.
“There are also no other eat-in fish and chips restaurants of this kind in the area, and business has been going well so far.
“As our customer numbers grow, we will be looking to increase the workforce further and will be looking to the local community for employees to fill the new positions.”
Plans are already in place to increase staff numbers at the restaurant by around 20 per cent by Christmas, and Mr Blow is looking for more sites in the region.
He switched banks to secure the loan needed to buy and refurbish the premises and install the equipment.
Jason White, business development manager for Lloyds TSB Commercial, said: “By bringing something new to the area, Ken and his team have really hit the ground running with the launch of their newest venture which is already proving popular with both locals and passing customers.
“After the initial jobs boost the opening brought to the community, it’s great to see Ken’s plans to create even more new jobs before the end of the year.
“Ken’s careful planning and research meant that we were able to see exactly how the new restaurant would benefit the business and this, coupled with Ken’s experience and track record in the industry, meant we were able to quickly put together the loan to enable the opening.”
n Although fish and chips is considered to be a British institution, fried fish was introduced to Britain by Jewish refugees from Portugal and Spain, while chips were first created in the 17th century in either Belgium or France.