Grimsby’s Inspiring Food and Drink Star Garlanded at the House of Commons

Grimsby’s Inspiring Food and Drink Star Garlanded at the House of Commons

Last night, Thursday 6 November 2014, at a reception at the House of Commons packed with the some of the greatest names of the British food and drink scene

Simon Smith, Managing Director of The Saucy Fish Company was announced as winner of the Best Food Entrepreneur (turnover over £20m) category of the first-ever Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year.

Presented with a trophy by legendary entrepreneur himself Luke Johnson (Pizza Express, Patisserie Valerie, Feng Sushi), Smith declared himself overwhelmed and delighted to have won against fierce competition.

“A major piece of research I commissioned in 2010 revealed that consumers were hesitant about cooking fresh fish — they were unsure how to prepare it and what to serve it with. This consumer insight led me to develop a product and brand that was specifically designed to overcome people’s fear of cooking fish at home by providing easy to cook fillets with perfectly paired sauces – it was fish minus the fuss and now we have global expansion into the USA, Australia, Hong Kong and Switzerland.”

Investec Food & Drink Entrepreneur of the Year , launched only in May, seeks to celebrate the person behind the brand and attracted an outstanding quality of entrant. The British food and drink scene is one of the most vibrant in the world, worth £92bn annually and employing over 400,000 people, with exports at more than £18bn and rising.

Many members of the glittering judging panel – Lord Bilimoria of Cobra Beer, Julian Metcalfe of Pret a Manger, Sahar Hashemi of Coffee Republic – were there to see the announcement of the category winners and overall winner, as well as Sam Parker of Business is GREAT Britain.

James Stirling of Investec, said:

“As a bank that is not afraid to be out of the ordinary, Investec shares your entrepreneurial spirit. We are delighted to be sponsoring these awards which celebrate entrepreneurialism in the Food & Drink sectors. Britain has a rich heritage in producing world–beaters in this industry, and it really looks like that tradition is alive and well.”

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