Our heritage

Our business and family heritage are in fish and fishing.

  • The first Coulbeck family business was located in Grimsby fish docks

    The first Coulbeck family business was located in Grimsby fish docks

  • Trawler at Grimsby (picture courtesy Grimsby Telegraph)

    Trawler at Grimsby (picture courtesy Grimsby Telegraph)

  • Our roots lie in an earlier Grimsby business called Jack Smith Ltd

    Our roots lie in an earlier Grimsby business called Jack Smith Ltd

  • Jack Smith (left) unloading wild salmon with a colleague

    Jack Smith (left) unloading wild salmon with a colleague

  • The first Coulbeck family business bought fish at auction at Grimsby

    The first Coulbeck family business bought fish at auction at Grimsby

  • Andrew Coulbeck in 1990 with a magnificent wild-caught salmon

    Andrew Coulbeck in 1990 with a magnificent wild-caught salmon

  • Jack Coulbeck joined our family business in May 2017.

    Jack Coulbeck joined our family business in May 2017.

JCS Fish is owned and run by Andrew and Louise Coulbeck, both of whom have deep roots in the fish industry. Louise comes from a trawling family whilst Andrew began his working life in the family business, Richard Coulbeck Ltd (RC Limited), which specialised in buying and selling dogfish.  RC Limited then acquired Jack Smith Limited, a long-established Grimsby firm renowned for sourcing shellfish and wild salmon. 

For many years, Andrew worked closely with Jack Carlisle Smith himself, who passed on his fifty years of knowledge and his fish handling skills to Andrew before he retired. 

With Jack Smith's help and training, Andrew Coulbeck had become one of Grimsby’s most well-known experts in salmon.  He saw the potential of making the fish more accessible by moving into farmed fish, becoming one of the first seafood companies to do so. In fact, such was Jack Smith's influence on Andrew's career that when he came to set up his own company, he named it in honour of his early mentor.

And so JCS Fish was born in 2000.  We still specialise in salmon and we now service a large cross-section of the food industry - both foodservice and retail - with our salmon expertise, products and ideas. We're still a family business and were delighted when Andrew and Louise's son, Jack, joined the company in 2017.

  • “I am so proud to continue our family tradition in seafood. And through JCS Fish hopefully we can have a real impact on the nation's enjoyment of salmon! ”

    Andrew Coulbeck

    Founder and MD

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