Shop reopens and delivery service returns

Good news, our shop will reopen for business and our vans will start delivering again on Tuesday 28th April. We expect to be extremely busy, therefore please bare with us and we will try to visit all of our customers, where possible. All of our staff now have the appropriate protective gear to keep themselves and you safe, please continue to adhere to social distancing when visiting the shop or approaching our van delivery drivers. Please only call our shop if your enquiry is urgent and if you require any special orders please make sure these are ordered the day before. You can do this by leaving us a message by phone, via our Facebook page or emailing us at enquiries@jamesdicksonandson.co.uk. Thank you to all of our loyal customers during this difficult time. John, Neil and Pamela...
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Important customer update – Coronavirus

Important customer update – Coronavirus

Customer update | delivery services This information is intended to provide advice to our customers in relation to Coronavirus (Covid 19). James Dickson and Son is taking an active approach to the evolving situation and taking the latest guidance from government and the NHS. We will continue to collaborate with our various suppliers in relation to fish stocks and strive to keep up with the current demand of fresh fish deliveries. In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, regarding new rules to help tackle the spread of coronavirus and with regards to delivery services, we will continue to provide a first class service to our customers, where possible. We have taken extra measures to ensure that our vans and drivers adhere to new and evolving health and hygiene advice. All of our vans have their own warm water basin, anti bacterial hand wash, anti bacterial gel, hand wipes and door wipes. Every van driver has their own gloves for handling produce and...
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Guest Blog: Alison Henderson | Cooking fish outdoors

Alison has been showcasing her skills by cooking outdoors on an open fire using whole fish and different techniques. Please get in touch with Alison to go on one of her amazing forest foraging and woodland cooking courses. Who are we? We are Dave, Jules, Ali and Rob all good friends and are fire and food fanatics What do we do? We teach, make fire, forage, cook and entertain - in the Wild! Ingredients and the environment are hugely important to us and shape what we do and our ethos: local seasonal sustainable simple - the ingredients are the star of the show, not the wizardry of the chef On 4th August, Dave and Ali hosted ‘Fire & Feast #2’ - a full day, hands on workshop when participants learnt how to cook in the outdoors, deep in The Woods of East Lothian. Backwoodsman skills of building and maintaining fire and wild cheffing skills such as ponassing fish (curing and then hot smoking it over fire) roasting,...
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Guest blog – Alison Henderson, Colstoun Cookery School

Colstoun Cookery School Scotland Alison Henderson, freelance forager, recipe developer and cookery school teacher at Colstoun Cookery School recently held a Fish & Seafood course for her students. Colstoun Cookery School Scotland offer a range of day long cookery courses, aimed at students of all abilities who want to learn how to make delicious food. They use only locally sourced ingredients (where possible) from East Lothian and pride themselves on being the greenest cookery school in Scotland. Using renewable heat and LED lighting to composting all of their food waste, they aim to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. In their very first year, Colstoun Cookery School won the Scottish Rural Award for Best Start Up and in 2018 we were finalists in the Rural Education category. They've taught thousands of students from many varying levels of expertise, from absolute beginners through to the team of a Michelin Star restaurant. Their doors are open to students of all abilities, all they ask...
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James Dickson & Son promotional video

Pamela Zenati, one of the partners in our family business, has been working with Front Edge Media, an online content creation company, who are currently working on a large project with East Lothian Food and Drink BID, producing a number of videos showcasing each producer in the East Lothian region and ours is the first to be produced by Calum and his team. This video provides information on the top quality, fresh fish which we source from the Shetland's and promotes our specialty oak smoked salmon and haddock, which is smoked on the premises using methods handed down through the generations, since 1921.     Thanks to Calum and his team for putting together an excellent promotional video and we look forward to working with him again in the near future....
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Launch of new brand and logo

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new brand and logo which has been designed to give us a unique identity in the fish industry and to make sure our customers can identify who we are. Our logo and brands in the past have been quite generic and dated, and as a business with a long distinguished history of delivering quality fresh and frozen fish to our customers in East and Midlothian since 1921, we felt that bringing our logo into the 21st century would enhance our reputation and give us a brand which we can be proud of. It has kindly been designed with the help of graphic designer Alex Dasi who has years of experience working in both Spain and in the UK. This incorporates our new brand colours to make sure we are consistent in all of our current and future promotional material and advertising. A massive thank you to Alex for his help and excellent advice. Find...
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East Lothian Food and Drink ‘Made by Us’ campaign promotion

Here is our very own Ramsay Zenati, fifth generation of the family business (grandson of the late James Dickson 1933-2011), helping to promote the fishing industry in East Lothian, being photographed at Port Seton harbour by Emma Martin of East Lothian Food and Drink, for the 'Made by Us' campaign. His photo will be used in promotional material and has also been made into a pull up banner, which was used at last year's Highland Show. East Lothian Food and Drink ltd is making history, they are the world’s first county, coming together of food and drink companies, though a legal binding process called a Business Improvement District. Our products are Made by Us, by people who are passionate about what they do and the environment they work in. East Lothian encompasses the sea and coast, the rolling farmland and glorious Lammermuirs, a stunning backdrop to the highest quality products found in Scotland. Visit the East Lothian Food and Drink website for further information on...
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Queen Margaret University – our fish business

As part of the East Lothian Food and Drink BID initiative, we were offered the opportunity of working with second year students from Queen Margaret University (QMU). Initially it was to produce a podcast about our fish business, but the students decided to do a video as well. They came to interview Pamela and visit our shop/fish premises to find out all about the fish processing business. Pamela was then invited to QMU to watch their presentation of the podcast and video, and give feedback on the results - which she was very impressed with. Many thanks to the students for all their help and hard work. You can view the short clip they produced below: Visit the East Lothian, Scotland's Food and Drink County website for further information. ...
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Seafood in schools workshop

Pamela Zenati, one of the partners of our business, was last week at Preston Lodge High School for the seafood in schools workshops run by Seafood Scotland. Pamela is wearing the french Label Rouge apron which was once worn by a member of the Roux family. The workshops were held to educate all the kids at the school about fish and the benefits to including omega 3 in your diet....
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Iain Gray MSP promotes Small Business Saturday UK

To help promote the campaign this year, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Scotland arranged for me to visit James Dickson & Son in Cockenzie, one of many great small businesses in East Lothian. They epitomise the kind of business that Small Business Saturday is all about. Dickson’s have been serving local customers since 1921, and there are currently three generations of the family involved. Being so rooted in the community, over generations, and prioritising customer loyalty over many years – these are exactly the kinds of strengths our small businesses can bring to the local economy. We should do all we can to thank all of our local small firms and shops for the vital contribution they make to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on our high streets. Find out more about Small Business Saturday at https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ ...
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