The post-Brexit age has brought significant challenges toDR Collin & Son. David Rosie discusses transport, reliability and why the decision to fit a comprehensive camera system brought unintended benefits, writes Kevin Swallow.
THREE weeks into the New Year and DR Collin & Son’s trucks are on national television. Along with AM Shellfish and Dartmouth Crab Company, they are outside Downing Street (18 January) to protest against Brexit bureaucracy, which is creating major delays of shellfish exports to Europe and threatening the existence of long-established companies.
Five of its vehicles took part in the 50 truck protest, which was the culmination of mounting frustration. With the point made, and a Police warning to go before they are fined for contravening Covid-19 restrictions, the drivers return home.
“The managing director James Cook asked if our drivers were willing to do the protest. They were all dead keen because their jobs were at risk,” says David Rosie. He is the transport manager for Eyemouth based DR Collin & Son. Set up in 1952, it supplies hospitality, wholesalers and retailers with fish sourced from Scottish waters.