We’re aim­ing to be big­gest fish in the aquar­ium busi­ness


Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

AN EX­OTIC fish busi­ness that aims to be the big­gest in the UK is set to launch in Caernar­fon – run by an am­bi­tious univer­sity stu­dent.

Sam Hamill, currently in his third year study­ing Ma­rine Bi­ol­ogy at Ban­gor Univer­sity, will this month launch Big on Fish, an on­line shop and re­tail store sell­ing aquar­ium equip­ment and stock­ing over 1,100 ex­otic fish and co­ral species.

The 20-year-old will stock fish from across the world, with the most ex­pen­sive species re­tail­ing at over £2,000.

Sam – who has been sup­ported by Big Ideas Wales and Ban­gor Univer­sity – will man­age both the on­line out­let which of­fers a next day de­liv­ery ser­vice based in Caernar­fon, as well as a re­tail store in Manch­ester.

His am­bi­tion is to be­come the largest live­stock sup­plier of fish species in the UK and open a re­tail store in North Wales and other parts of the UK.

He said: “It has taken time to build the busi­ness from the ground up to be ready to launch, but I’m a very am­bi­tious per­son and felt this was a mar­ket that I could re­ally add to with both my knowl­edge and pas­sion for ma­rine bi­ol­ogy.

“The busi­ness is aimed at com­mer­cial and pri­vate clients, and I be­lieve we’ll have peo­ple from all back­grounds buy­ing aquar­ium prod­ucts from us – whether they’re look­ing for an ex­otic fish for their home, or an im­pres­sive fish tank for their busi­ness.”

Sam’s in­ter­est in ma­rine bi­ol­ogy be­gan at the age of six and his en­tre­pre­neur­ial nature de­vel­oped dur­ing his teenage years, when he set up his first busi­ness pro­vid­ing pond main­te­nance ser­vices at the age of 17.

Once at univer­sity, and re­al­is­ing how com­pet­i­tive grad­u­ate jobs in the in­dus­try would be, Sam de­cided to set up his new busi­ness to de­velop and grow while bal­anc­ing his on­go­ing stud­ies.

And fol­low­ing 18 months of hard work, Big on Fish is set to launch.

Dur­ing his busi­ness jour­ney, Ban­gor Univer­sity’s En­ter­prise Cham­pion Lowri Owen re­ferred Sam to Big Ideas Wales, the support ser­vice for young en­trepreneurs aged five to 25.

Big Ideas Wales, which forms part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s Busi­ness Wales Ser­vice, and is part funded by the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund, pro­vides busi­ness support and men­tor­ing for young peo­ple to en­able them to make their busi­ness dreams a re­al­ity.

Sam at­tended Big Ideas Wales’ Boot­camp to Busi­ness event in Betws-y-Coed ear­lier this year to craft his busi­ness plan and learn ex­tra skills.

Sam said: “I went to the event think­ing I knew al­most ev­ery­thing I could about start­ing a busi­ness, but in ac­tual fact I quickly re­alised I didn’t know as much as I thought.

“I learnt a lot at Boot­camp about pro­tect­ing my brand and how to mar­ket the busi­ness. It’s a bril­liant ser­vice for young en­trepreneurs to take ad­van­tage of.”

● The next Boot­camp to Busi­ness in Betws y Coed is tak­ing place from March 2-4 in 2018. To ap­ply and for more in­for­ma­tion on the event, visit www.bigideas.wales.

Sam Hamill, who is study­ing ma­rine bi­ol­ogy at Ban­gor Univer­sity, is launch­ing Big on Fish

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