Fish firm makes the top 100 of export rankings

Eyemouth-based D R Collin, fish suppliers, are in the top 100 of the Sunday Times HSBC International Track.

Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 12:06 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th June 2018, 12:42 pm
D R Collin lorries parked up at Eyemouth Harbour.

The company sits in 75th spot of the 200 league table.

D R Collin has nine factories in Eyemouth, employs 120 people locally and has an annual turnover of £50million, sending 10-15 lorries of shellfish to Europe every week.

The finest restaurants in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland and France serve shellfish provided by the company, and have done for the best part of two decades now.

“We started exporting in 1998 on a small scale providing high quality produce,” said director James Cook.

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He explained that when it became clear that the export business was strong they invested heavily in their Eyemouth based business.

With 80 per cent of their business being exports, Mr Cook admits that despite being very positive about the sector which is currently vibrant, the company is ‘very nervous’ about Brexit.

“We are nervous our industry will be bargained away and will be the sacrificial lamb,” he said.

The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales, measured over their latest two years of available accounts.