Member of the Week - Wester Ross Fisheries
Wester Ross Fisheries is Scotland’s oldest and the only independently owned premium sashimi salmon farmer, supplying sustainable Scottish Salmon all around the world. Wester Ross is unique in its process of hand-rearing, while using no GMOs, no growth promoters and no antibiotics at any stages of the salmons’ life.
Using fish trimmings and not relying on dedicated wild-caught fish ensures the worlds’ best FIFO(Fish In – Fish Out) ratio. The salmon are fed trimmings of fish destined for human consumption; the feed is also organic, kosher and halal certified. Wester Ross also uses cleaner fish wrasse as their all-natural sustainable solution to the challenge of wild sea lice; wrasse have now become an integral part of the company’s husbandry, keeping the salmon healthy and growing well.
Moreover, all nets from the Wester Ross farms are sun-dried, hand-repaired and hand-cleaned using no harmful chemicals. Thanks to all these traditional and innovative ways of hand-rearing, all Wester Ross Salmon are now completely medicine-free.
Gilpin Bradley is the Managing Director and a majority shareholder of Wester Ross, the only remaining privately-owned Scottish salmon farm. Today Wester Ross employs 45 staff, and supplies many loyal customers throughout USA, Japan. Middle East and Europe.
Gilpin has been brought up on salmon farms, with his father Dr. Robin Bradley managing the first Scottish Salmon Farm site at Lochailort; Gilpin recalls helping feed salmon in small hexagonal shaped rigid salmon cages and loading wooden boxes of farmed salmon on the train in the early 70’s. He has been an Scottish Salmon Producrers Organisation SSPO board director since 1997, and has represented the Scottish independent salmon farming at international level on many occasions.
He studied at Robert Gordon’s Business School, before joining Morgan Grenfell Investment Bank in London for a few years, before returning north to join the challenging salmon business in the early 1990’s. Married with 2 daughters, his home is near Nairn, North Scotland.
In 2013 Gilpin received ambassador of the year for the Highlands & Islands Food and Drink sector.
We asked Wester Ross Fisheries why they would like to feature as member of the week: "To improve and enhance our local profile".
Gilpin shared with us their business plans over the next 12 months: "Continue to grow and expand our export markets".
Wester Ross Fisheries are pleased to have recently featured in The Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100; appearing on the 58th place on this years’ list. Wester Ross were delighted with the news and a successful comeback after featuring on The Sunday Time Lloyds SME Export Track 100 two years earlier.
Wester Ross Shared with us what they value most about Chamber Membership: "Excellent connections and ability to trade with local suppliers".
They also provided their 'top tip' to fellow members to maximise their Chamber Membership: "Never be Complacent! There's always something new to learn in a fast-changing global market."