Confectioner issues Brexit statement amid fears over 'no-deal' scenario

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Mar 2019

A leading East Yorkshire confectioner has reassured regular customers amid fears over a no-deal Brexit, but warned other buyers they could find themselves “at the back of the queue.”

Shepcote, which produces cake decorations and almond marzipan confectionary, has pledged to “look after its regular customers wherever it can” whatever the outcome of Brexit.

It admitted however it “did not have all the answers” to the possible impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the business, and issued a warning that “speculative” customers would be its lowest priority if market conditions change for the worse.

Shepcote issued the statement in response to concerns from its customers over the impact of Brexit.

It said: Shepcote have started to receive numerous requests for information about the company’s plans in the lead up to Brexit, particularly in the case of a ‘no-deal’ scenario.

Shepcote is a confectioner which specialises in marzipan and cake decorations (Hull Live)

“It is simply not practical for this company to answer all the questions being sent to us by individual customers, because frankly, we just don’t have all the answers.

“We have been speaking with our suppliers and also the importers of the goods we supply, and there has been no indication that supplies of product are likely to be affected.”

Shepcote has been a family-bun confectioner since 1969.

The marzipan specialist, based in Driffield, supplies a number of luxury London stores, and has customers across Europe and beyond.

Shepcote is a confectioner which specialises in marzipan and cake decorations (Hull Live)

In the statement, it said while the business had not been urged to “stock-up” on products in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it was “forward buying a little more than it normally would, just in case.”

Shepcote said: “Regular customers should rest assured that whatever the Brexit outcome, we will look after them wherever we can.

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“They will be our first priority, while those who buy from us on an ad hoc basis or are simply making speculative approaches because their own supplier has let them down, will go to the back of the queue.

“Concerns about any increased duty in the event of a no-deal Brexit cannot be addressed because once again, no one knows what the effects might be.

“However, should there be an increase in import duty which leads to higher prices, then Shepcote will try to mitigate most of these…”

The business said it hoped the statement would ease the fears of its customers and suppliers.

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