Clifton Seafood is a thriving seafood hub in the UK, but it’s not the only place on the planet that’s taking advantage of the current economic climate.
The company that makes the fish and chips says it’s also been receiving calls from people across Europe who’ve lost their jobs due to the Brexit vote.
The UK voted to leave the European Union in June and has seen its GDP shrink by 3.8% in the past year.
Many businesses are struggling to stay afloat.
“We are very much in the midst of the economic crisis.
The economy is a mess and people have been in limbo for some time,” said Jens Ruppel, co-founder of Cliftons Seafood.
“But we’ve always been resilient and we are just now seeing the impact of Brexit.”
The UK voted in favour of Brexit because it was the only country outside of the European Economic Community that was free from the dictates of Brussels.
That meant the government could restrict imports of certain products, such as meat, dairy, fish and seafood.
And since then, businesses have had to rely on importing the meat they produce themselves.
In fact, the country is still importing meat from the European bloc, with the country exporting over 90% of its food to Europe.
But that’s not stopping many businesses from hiring people who have been forced to move abroad.
Many of those jobs are being filled by refugees from countries like Greece, where there’s been a massive migrant crisis since the summer of 2016.
While the migrant crisis has been a boon for Cliftons Seafood, many other businesses in the country have also been hit hard by the vote.
The company is also in the process of opening a second location in Istanbul, but said it’s still looking to hire a few people to help it cope with the influx of new customers.
“We need to start hiring, but the UK has just been such a huge market for us, it’s just too big for us to do that ourselves,” said Ruppels.
“And so we need to find a way to take on more people.”
Clifton, in its second location, opened in June this year.
When the Brexit votes happened, it had to start moving out its seafood and chips business.
Now, it has another restaurant, and is preparing to open a second seafood shippage center, with an aim to take in more than 10,000 customers a day.