Transmit loan boosts Riley’s Fish Shack in North Shields

Tynemouth entrepreneur Adam Ridley has plans to expand and a Transmit Start-Up grant has enabled him to fund a purpose-built kitchen and wet room

Gilbert Johnston Damian Baetens, director of Transmit Start Ups with Adam Riley (front) beside King Edward 's Bay, Tynemouth
Damian Baetens, director of Transmit Start Ups with Adam Riley (front) beside King Edward 's Bay, Tynemouth

A Tynemouth entrepreneur’s fish shack business has proved a recipe for success with ambitious plans to expand and a successful event partnership already under his belt.

Adam Riley set up Riley’s Fish Shack as part of Tynemouth’s Food Festival in 2012 where he sold 40 kilos of fish and has exploited its potential since with a pop-up café at King Edward’s Bay every weekend this summer.

To grow his business he needed to have a permanent preparation area and a grant from Transmit Start-Ups has now funded a purpose-built kitchen and wet room near North Shields fish quay.

Adam’s Riley’s Fish Shack has proved so popular he is planning to have a café open sometime next year, selling a wide range of locally caught fish and lobsters.

He said: “The loan has been a tremendous boost. Before I had my own kitchen I was travelling up to Heddon-on-the-Wall to use a farmer’s kitchen, so I was working really long days. The fish is now brought in by North Sea fishermen, prepared by me and cooked within a really short space of time so customers are eating fish at its very best.”

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