Weymouth fishmonger nets £46,000 of government funding

Weymouth fishmonger nets £46,000 of government funding

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:03am 6th July 2020.

Weyfish in Weymouth are now able to provide a permanent home delivery service thanks to a new government grant. 

The Government's Domestic Seafood Supply Scheme (DSSSS) has awarded over £1million to 20 projects across the UK.

The aim is to get more people to buy and eat locally caught seafood.

Weyfish in Weymouth are a harbourside fishmonger based in the historic old fish market.

They have been allocated £46,484 from the government, which they have used to expand their business. 

The funding has allowed them to take on an additional part time employee, purchase a fully electric delivery van and update their online and phone ordering service. 

Owner of Weyfish, Sean Cooper told Wessex FM:

"Keeping our retail operation open during the pandemic, and expanding to serve new customers in the area, has been an important lifeline for the fisher community, ensuring Weymouth's fishing fleet has had the certainty of a continued market to land to while local restaurants and pubs have been closed and the markets at Brixham and Plymouth disrupted. 

"Our contactless, home delivery service, in particular, proved incredibly popular locally. The opportunity to buy fresh Dorset fish and shellfish while supermarkets shut their counters was very well received. Thanks to government support, we're delighted to be able make this service a permanent fixture, and completely free for local residents during July. 

"Given the uncertain economic outlook, we are even more pleased to be able to provide another part time role with the company - as our new delivery driver."