Rockfish, the Mitch Tonks-led seafood concept, has promoted Laura Cowan to director of marketing and communications.

Cowan has worked with Tonks for nearly 20 years, heading up PR and communications for his flagship restaurant The Seahorse and the Rockfish group.

The promotion comes as seven-strong Rockfish secures planning permission for a new site in Sidmouth.

Tonks described 2019 the as a “turning point” for the Will Beckett-chaired business.

During the year Rockfish appointed former Burger & Lobster operations director Dave Strauss as restaurant director, completed on sites in Weymouth and Poole, and refinanced the business with backing from Gresham Ventures.