22.3 C
Saturday, July 20, 2024

Lancashire fish farm targets Yorkshire expansion after securing 15-year lease with Environment Agency

One of the oldest fish farms in the UK has expanded with a third site after securing a 15-year lease with the Environment Agency.

The lease has enabled Costa Spring Hatchery Limited, a trout farm based in Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire, and Sinnington, North Yorkshire, to open a third farm in Pickering, North Yorkshire, and the business is already eyeing a fourth site to help it meet demand from the industry.

The three trout farms rear live trout that are supplied to recreational fishing lakes across the country as well as fingerlings supplied to other commercial trout farms. It’s original Dunsop Bridge trout farm, which supplies brown and rainbow trout, was established in 1926.

Now one of the largest trout farm businesses in the UK, Costa Spring Hatchery supplies over 20 million fingerlings each year to support trout fishing in the UK.

Philip Mart, a director of Costa Spring Hatchery, said: “Recreational fishing remains the most popular sport in the country in participation terms and the demand for our trout is very high, so we’re delighted to have secured the lease with the Environment Agency for our third site.

“We have now set our sights on another location in Yorkshire to further expand the business and we continue to seek and recruit people interested in a career in trout farming because there is certainly plenty of work for them.”

North West law firm Harrison Drury provided legal advice to Costa Spring Hatchery’s owners Philip Mart and David Jones in attaining the 15-year lease at Pickering. The firm had initially advised the pair on a management buyout of the business from the Birtwistle family in 2011.

Wendy Newbury, commercial property solicitor at Harrison Drury’s Clitheroe office, said: “It’s always a pleasure when a client returns to us for further advice when they are growing a business. Phil and Dave have a long history of trout farming in the region and their knowledge is unsurpassed. It’s no surprise their business continues to thrive.”

Philip added: “Wendy’s support has been instrumental in getting the business secured in Pickering and we are grateful for the speed and expertise she provided in organising the necessary paperwork and valuable advice to secure the lease.”

The new Pickering site is now the largest for the business and employs four full time staff and one part time worker. Owners Phil and Dave are seeking to grow its team at the site.

The Dunsop Bridge site employs four full time staff and one part time worker and its Sinnington farm is co-managed by the team at Pickering.



Bespoke wins Wiserr lead generation contract

Digital marketing agency Bespoke has won a digital marketing contract with Wiserr to...

Dad jailed for murdering two-year-old son

A man has been jailed for life for the...

GO Blackpool app launches to boost local businesses

Blackpool Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) has launched GO Blackpool,...

Bin it and bag it: Jollyes launches nationwide free poo bag giveaway

Retailer Jollyes will open its next brand new store...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Best UK Football Betting Sites For 2024

Football is the UK's biggest and most popular sport....

Gareth Southgate steps down as England manager

England boss Gareth Southgate has announced it's "time for...

Investigation launched following fatal fire in Blackpool

A joint investigation has been launched following a fatal...

Bin it and bag it: Jollyes launches nationwide free poo bag giveaway

Retailer Jollyes will open its next brand new store...

More News

Free travel for military personnel on Armed Forces Day

Free travel will be available on Stagecoach bus and tram services for military and ex-military personnel on Armed Forces Day. This Saturday is a chance...

Lancaster shop worker fined for selling vape to underage girl

A man working in a Lancaster vape shop has been fined £916 for selling a disposable flavoured vape to a teenager without asking for...

One in three businesses in Lancashire fail test knife purchases

Trading Standards revealed that one in three Lancashire businesses failed their test purchases for knife sales. Operation Sceptre, an operation focusing on knife crime, involved...