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19 August, 2014 - 09:46 By Staff Reporter

Norfolk crab and lobster supplier earns HSBC finance package


Jonas Seafood, Norfolk’s premium crab and lobster supplier, is capitalising on the UK’s economic recovery by investing for rapid growth this year, boosting both production capacity and employee numbers.

The company, established in 1995, received a £210,000 finance package from HSBC to facilitate its expansion plans, which included the opening of a new £500,000 factory and purpose-built seafood shop in Cromer.

The finance was secured from HSBC’s Norfolk & Waveney Commercial Centre in a deal managed by Michael Tubby. HSBC recently announced £300 million in new lending for SMEs in the East of England to help businesses achieve their growth plans.

The investment will increase production capacity, enabling Jonas Seafood to process up to 1,500 crabs per day and up to 70,000 lobsters a year. The company supplies 15,000 restaurants and retailers across the UK. 

To ensure supply can meet growing demand, the business also recently more than doubled its workforce to a headcount of 49, and future growth plans include extending its product range to appeal to a wider client base.

Kevin Jonas, managing director of Jonas Seafood, said: “Following the positive changes in economic conditions that we have experienced over the past year, we feel that now is the best time to move forward with our growth plans.

“We take real pride in supplying the very best quality crab and lobster to reputable retailers and restaurants across the country. We have experienced a huge increase in trade opportunities in the last year, and the support from HSBC allowed us to increase our capacity to meet the high demand for our product.”

James Howlett, Area Commercial Director at the Norfolk & Waveney Commercial Centre, said: “HSBC has been impressed by Jonas Seafood’s ability to take advantage of the favourable economic conditions and successfully embrace business growth opportunities for the renowned Cromer crab and lobster. We are delighted that the HSBC finance facility has allowed the company to build on its impressive reputation.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Kevin Jonas, MD of Jonas Seafood

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