Fish wholesaler hooks new loan

Growth plan:  Gary Warner, left, and Lloyds Bank's Ryan Sorby.
Growth plan: Gary Warner, left, and Lloyds Bank's Ryan Sorby.
Have your say

Leading independent fish and chip shop supplier Warner Fish Merchants has opened a new office and cold store at Decoy Bank, Doncaster.

Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking and Markets in Sheffield is providing £1.5 million worth of backing for the development, which brings the operations from a number of smaller sites together under one roof.

The new centre will supply frozen fish to fish and chip shops all over the UK and Ireland and even send fish to Australia.

Warner Fish Merchants’ managing director, Gary Warner, said: “This is the culmination of a lot of hard work all across the business.

“We’re delighted that Lloyds Bank shares our vision for growth and have supported us with a new financial package.

“We are continuing to see strong demand for our services based on our high quality and competitive nature. We are where we are because businesses can rely on us to deliver and we do not want anything to compromise that, which is why we have taken the decision to invest in growing our business.

“We’ve also been supported by the Marine Management Organisation with additional funding for our work with sustainable fishing and if we progress as planned we will be creating new jobs too.”

Ryan Sorby, from Lloyds Bank, said: “Warner Fish Merchants has experienced strong growth in a tough environment.

“They are a strong team with a superb track record and a solid plan for further growth in the business.”

Warner Fish Merchants employs 23 people. The company was founded in 1941 by Albert Warner, starting out as a wet fish and fruit stall in Doncaster Market and expanding to Rotherham and Ashby Markets before opening its first wholesale warehouse.