Lockdown Lobsters started in March 2020 with a simple mission to help a fisherman, Sion, from North Wales and to sell his lobsters to London in lockdown
Previously all of Sion’s lobster had been exported to Europe and China. With supply chain and export disruption due to Brexit and Covid 19, the year began with additional paperwork to export to Europe, heavy storms had prevented him on going to sea and when the coronavirus pandemic hit, all of the merchants and restaurants closed down. Traders were cancelling orders saying “we don’t want anything for 5 weeks, maybe 5 months.”
Sion and Jude started Lockdown Lobsters to catch and sell live native lobsters within 24 hours to London.
They saw the lockdown as an opportunity to shorten supply chains and find a market in the UK for this premium Welsh product.
“Suddenly strangers got hold of this and were just sending me emails saying they had deposited money for lobsters into my account with their address. We then had the problem of collecting the Lobsters and delivering them live under global pandemic heavy lockdown. We opted for drop off points with the Giraffe House in Regents Park being a popular choice. 30 People lined up with masks as lobsters were passed out of the back of the car.”
Jude Edginton, Co-Founder of Lockdown Lobsters
"I never thought I would be packing lobsters and selling them direct. It has made the job much more interesting and satisfying. The feedback we get from the customers gives you a bit of a buzz."
Sion Williams, Fisherman and Co-Founder of Lockdown Lobsters