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A New Plaice For Spinners

Mirfield couple, Simon and Sofia Render, haven’t let the pandemic dampen their ambition, following the launch of a new fish and chip restaurant in Dewsbury, which is part of the ongoing expansion of their fish and chip business.

The couple opened the doors to Spinners Fisheries takeaway just as the second lock-down hit. This followed an extensive renovation project that saw a once vacant pub transformed into the new eatery.

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the covid pandemic, Sofia and Simon have remained committed to expansion, and have now extended the business to incorporate their new restaurant.

“Our vision when we started our journey was to open a takeaway and restaurant, covid did not change this ambition and we have been 100 per cent committed to completing our plan and continuing with our investment,” comments Sofia Render, Business Owner.

“Covid did not stop us from purchasing our building or opening our takeaway, which we bought, renovated and launched in the space of just seven months during the pandemic. So, we were determined that it would not dampen our restaurant dreams either, which is why we are so proud to have opened our restaurant doors!

“Although Spinners Fisheries has only been open for a short time, we have received an overwhelming response from the local community, this has continued to give us the confidence we need. Our customers have supported us from day one and we know that the restaurant is providing a further boost for the local area.

“When we made the decision to buy the building, we knew that we had a lot of work to do. But we partnered with a good team and they have helped to bring our vision and this place back to life, which has always been at the heart of this community. In fact, if it hadn’t been for our architects, Spinners Fisheries wouldn’t even be here now!”

Working with Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA), Sofia and Simon secured planning and building regulations, but not before the Dewsbury based team had successfully disproved planning policy.

Gerald Sharp, Senior Technician at MWA, comments: “The building that Sofia and Simon purchased needed extensive renovation. Over the years it had many uses, but most recently was a pub, which had been vacant for some time. As a result, it was run down, had become an eyesore and was a hub for anti-social activity. Despite this, we had to disprove planning policy. Given the loss of the public house as a community asset is a reason not to permit, we had to challenge this!”

Sofia concludes: “Spinners as a pub had lost its heart within this community but through Spinners Fisheries, we have enhanced the amenities for residents and created a much-needed asset that we can all be proud of.”

The building that Sofia and Simon purchased needed extensive renovation. Over the years it had many uses, but most recently was a pub, which had been vacant for some time. As a result, it was run down, had become an eyesore and was a hub for anti-social activity. Despite this, we had to disprove planning policy. Given the loss of the public house as a community asset is a reason not to permit, we had to challenge this!”

Gerald Sharp

Senior Technician