Lill Brothers, Dewsbury Fish Market

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Our History

When Amos Lill began his successful seafood empire, refrigeration wasn’t even invented. Deliveries in and around Hull and district, where the business began, were distributed from a different horse power to the refrigerated fleet that the business relies on today.

Back in 1855 when the business was found, Amos transported his supplies to shops on his horse and cart. He didn’t have the benefit of modern technology assisting in swifter delivery services nor did he have to contend with supermarket competition. However, he did, face many changing times during the generations of his family business; one of the greatest changes was the company move from Hull to Bradford following the development of the railway which enabled countrywide travel. Its expansion led to the move of Lill Brothers to new premises, originally Shipley then later, St. James Wholesale Market where it continues trading more that 150 years after it began. The Company’s survival is testimony to its ongoing success.

Norman, the last generation of the Lills, ran the Company until 2000 when he decided to retire and sold the Company to one of its long standing employees, Shakil Rashid. Shakil continues to build on the family legacy, supplying fresh and frozen fish along with other seafood products and various other frozen foods to fish shops, restaurants, nursing homes, pubs, clubs and private homes throughout West Yorkshire and its surrounding areas.
Lill Brothers is one of the oldest trading businesses in Bradford specialising in the finest quality, fresh and frozen fish and seafood. Based in Bradford, situated in the wholesale market, we serve the catering trade, schools and nursing homes. All of our customers are very pleased with our top quality fish, competitive prices and excellent Monday to Saturday delivery service.

Lill Brothers was established in Hull and was taken over by Shakil Rashid when the last of Lill brothers retired. Shakil, Bradford born and bred, was trained by Norman Lill and successfully managed to maintain the reputation and quality that the Company was and still is renowned for. Originally, established as wholesalers, we have extended to serve the wider community with opening a retail outlet in Dewsbury.

Our most recent expansion is the introduction of various non fish related frozen products, to name a few, spicy wedges, fries, chicken nuggets and steaks, all varieties of samosas, pizzas, peas and many more which can be delivered by way of our wholesale, retail or home delivery service which is successfully serving the local community.