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Davie Tait
5th September 2012, 15:45
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TWO YOUNG Polish fishermen, who have based their business in the Uists, have been named Outer Hebrides top young entrepreneurs at the regional finals of the 2012 Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Brothers Konrad, aged 29, and Kamil Kosieradzki aged 28, founders of K&K Fishing, were announced as regional winners at a ceremony at Langass Lodge on North Uist. They were presented with a £1,000 cash prize by Pauline Bell, volunteer development manager with Youth Business Scotland. Konrad and Kamil now go forward to the national final taking place at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday November 13.

Originally from Poland, Konrad and Kamil moved to Uist in 2005 and after gaining general experience in the seafood and fishing sector they bought their own scallop dredger the Stelimar in 2009. The vessel operates out of Kallin harbour on the east coast of Uist with their catch landed daily to the Kallin Shellfish processing plant.

Shortly after they began trading, they faced a significant personal and professional challenge when Kamil was diagnosed with a serious illness. Despite having more fishing experience, he had to step back from the business and concentrate on his treatment and recovery. Konrad, with support from the local fishing community, successfully managed the business until Kamil was well enough to return to fishing. Happily, Kamil appears to have beaten his illness and is now back at work full-time. The brothers are known locally to be extremely hard-working and have integrated well into the community. They have built a home in North Uist and are making plans to commission a new custom built vessel.

The brothers see their future and the future of their business in Uist and hope that by continuing to grow they will create employment opportunities and continue to contribute substantially to the local economy.