New Scilly Business Through To Awards Final

island fishA Bryher Businesswoman says she’s “thrilled and really proud” to have been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category in this year’s Cornwall Business awards.

Amanda Pender started Island Fish with her brother Mark last year.

They both gave up their jobs to work fulltime in the family-run local shellfish and fish supply operation.

Amanda says that leaving their previous jobs was a “real leap of faith.”

She says the support received from islanders and visitors has been “phenomenal” and the company has gone on to prove that Scilly’s fishing industry has a lot to offer and is not in decline, as is often suggested.

Island Fish is up against a pub from Fowey and a new website promoting Cornwall.

Amanda will hear whether her family has been successful during an awards event at St Mellion on May 12th.

The celebrity booked to hand out the awards is Levi Roots. He won investment on the TV show Dragons’ Den for his sauce product.

If Amanda wins it’ll be the second-time one of the awards has found its way to Bryher.

Last year Tom Matthews won the young businessperson of the year prize for his work with the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Tom’s family operates the island campsite and he now works for Tresco.

Amanda says that being shortlisted for this award is “quite simply recognition of a huge amount of hard work and the fantastic support we have received across Scilly.”



3 Responses to New Scilly Business Through To Awards Final

  1. Andrew Julian April 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Hi Amanda and Mark. Great to see your news and congratulations on getting this far. We wish you all the very best and will be watching closely on May 12th.
    It’s nice to be doing something positive for the Islands and especially with fishing so -‘ go for it ‘
    Our fingers are crossed !
    Andrew and Hilary

  2. Sally fowler April 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    We hope Amanda doesn’t forget her uncle the famous Johnny Potts. Well done amand from Sally and Ralph fowler

  3. Laureen wesley April 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Delighted for you and your family. Have enjoyed having fresh fish when staying on bryher. Looking forward to hearing of your success