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The latest in the long list of Regional Growth Fund grants from the Growing the Humber Programme has been awarded to a local Grimsby company seeking to upgrade their IT systems.

For the last 15 years, JCS Fish Ltd has been providing high quality salmon products to the seafood industry, including the award winning Big Fish Brand ready meals. Since starting up, the company has grown and now employs 32 people at its Grimsby site.

The company has now outgrown its current IT systems, and a recent review pointed to the need for real-time information to capture shop floor data as well as track purchases and sales, particularly with the launch of its new delicatessen and farm shop products.

Nearly £29,000 will be spent on new systems to support the growing company, creating one additional job in the process.

Louise Coulbeck, Director of JCS Fish Ltd, said, “The investment will create a much more efficient working environment, particularly for our sales staff. And thanks to the Regional Growth Fund, we’ll be able to improve our stock traceability – something that’s key to modern customers. Cash flow is crucial for a business like ours, so to outlay nearly £29,000 on fixed assets is a big ask. This boost from the Fund will mean that we can quickly implement the changes we really need.”

Councillor Ray Oxby, portfolio holder for regeneration, said, “Whether we help companies with small or large grants, anything that helps to create and keep jobs in our area is a bonus. I wish the company well.”

The grant was administrated by North East Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the Humber LEP Growing the Humber Programme.