A Bridlington Lobster exporter, who worked with his late father in a 60-year-old family business, has decided to close the company.
Sam Baron, who worked alongside his late father Mick, both ran Baron Shellfish based in the town.
He has blamed the government for the vastly increased red-tape and hidden costs since Brexit, saying they have failed to be straight with the fishing industry.
In a statement with a Notification of Closure , Sam said:
“With deep sadness in my heart I write to you today to inform you that I’ve had to let my business head over rule my heart and bring Baron Shellfish Limited to closure.
Working alongside my late father as a schoolboy to set up the 1st lobster tank business from scratch In our home Port of Bridlington and thereafter seeing Bridlington Harbour Thrive and become the biggest shellfish port in the United Kingdom.
Many years ago we decided to take total advantage of the common market and Increase our business by selling direct to customers in the EU.
This meant we could competitively buy from our fellow merchants at Bridlington and the local boats, making us more of dispatch centre to the EU
Which in turn meant the costing of conditioning grading packaging costs etc were kept in the UK as you can appreciate this meant more of the revenue created by the live lobsters stayed in the UK.
At this time we would like to thank all our customers and all those who have helped us through the years for their support.”
Sam’s late father Mick was well known for owning and running the famous Blue Lobster restaurant on Bridlington harbour and along with Sam owned the Baron Shellfish company.