A FROZEN seafood business has doubled the size of its Newton Aycliffe headquarters after increasing its presence in Yorkshire.

Collins Seafoods, which sells 10,000tonnes offrozenfisha year from its base on Heighington Lane Business Park, has also won the Brakes Best Supplier 2012 Fish & Seafood award.

The accolade was given to Collins for its excellent support and service as well as its impressive track record in delivery and quality.

Collins is now gearing up for more success after doubling its Aycliffe base to more than 10,000 sq ft to accommodate more staff and a new sales team focusing on growing its presence in Yorkshire.

The company is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Frozen At Sea fish and lists fish and chip shops across the North of England and wholesalers throughout the UK and Ireland among its customers.

Claire Swinbank, operations director, said: “We were greatly honoured to receive an award from such a huge and highly regarded organisation as Brakes.

“We are consistently supplying a top quality product at the right price, with good distribution links through our new fleet of vehicles, and we are the main distributor for Samherji (Icefresh), one of the biggest suppliers of Frozen At Sea fish inEurope.We are looking forward to continue growing our business.

The company recently added Elaine Armstrong, Gina Mclean and Martin Robson to the sales team, and promoted Christine Searle fromsales to a business development role.