A new fish shop in the Bucksburn area of Aberdeen has opened its doors to the local community, following an £85,000 funding facility from Bank of Scotland.
The modern premises on Oldmeldrum Road is the first standalone retail outlet to be opened by the Jack Taylor business, which currently runs a wholesale fish processing operation in Fraserburgh.
Having grown from two employees to a 16-strong team in its first two years of operating, the business is now looking to focus on the retail market.
Jack Taylor sources its fish locally from Peterhead and Fraserburgh markets and process the catch at its Fraserburgh plant before transporting to the retail shop. The business aims to promote a healthy eating lifestyle amongst the local community by offering fish, including haddock, lemon sole and salmon, at affordable prices with advice on how to prepare and cook.
Joel Watt, Jack Taylor Director, said: “Opening a consumer facing premises is a huge step forward for our business. It’s been a fantastic experience so far with the local community rallying behind us in support. We’re proud to be able to offer a healthy, fresh food alternative to our customers as the fish is sourced locally.’’
“We’re very grateful to Bank of Scotland which has been instrumental in helping us secure and renovate the premises and also helped us get the business off the ground when we launched back in 2013.”
Mark Simpson, Bank of Scotland relationship manager for the Aberdeen area, added: “Jack Taylor is a great example of an Aberdeenshire business success story. The progress achieved over the last two years shows the level of expertise they own when it comes to the fishing industry.
It’s been a real privilege working with the team and being a part of the business’s growth. We now look forward to deepening our relationship with Jack Taylor as it continues its growth.”