Gordon Barker was soon negotiating business with Jeffery Port who proposed
splitting the company into leisure, pottery manufacture, and pottery sales
companies (based in England and America).
During the protracted negotiations, in order to improve the cash flow, the
sales director allowed Jeffery Port to sell the stock of ‘seconds’ at lower
Port swiftly put his network into motion and the cut price market was
flooded with seconds, including Cinnamon tableware. Harrods were furious
because Hornsea Pottery had agreed to make Cinnamon exclusively for
them and only sell seconds at the factory shop.
It was during this time that John
Clappison’s unique Strata trinket
boxes and his People series were
also produced. John was made
redundant on 31 December 1984,
subsequently gaining employment
with Royal Doulton.
Still the problems continued and in
April 1984 the National Westminster
Bank sent the receivers in and four
days later they accepted an offer
from Steinberg. Despite all efforts,
Gordon Barker was unsuccessful with
his High Court writ opposing the sale
to Steinberg, but succeeded in
obtaining considerable damages.