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The National Fish & Chip Awards 2013 - Silver Anniversary, Enter Now!

This year sees a milestone mark reached for the annual National Fish and Chip Awards, as they celebrate their silver anniversary. New awards for 2013 include Best Foodservice Outlet serving Fish & Chips Award (Independent Outlet) - open to pubs, restaurants, department stores, retailers, cafes, hotels, travel, and leisure.

Celebrating that most iconic of British foods, the Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Competition as it was originally titled, started life back in 1988 as a means of rewarding individual shops and generating some publicity for the independent fish and chip takeaway sector. Over the subsequent years the competition has grown in size and now encompasses a wide variety of business sectors and covers a range of award categories, ranging from the Best Newcomer Award to Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant Award through to separate award categories rewarding excellence for community involvement, staff development and training, and marketing and innovation.

While continuing to reward individual excellence, the awards also act as a platform for helping to raise quality standards and importantly provide a channel for the creation of fantastic publicity for all things fish and chips; helping to keep that most iconic of British foods number one in the minds of the consumer. 

There are 12 award categories for 2013 including

Best Foodservice Outlet serving Fish & Chips Award (Independent Outlet)

Best Foodservice Outlets serving Fish & Chips Award (Multiple Outlets)

Open to pubs, restaurants, department stores, retailers, cafes, hotels, travel, and leisure.

Please visit www.fishandchipawards.com to download an entry form and view the full details rules/eligibility criteria.

Closing date for entries is 14 July 2012

Across the various award categories, businesses are appraised on a wide range of criteria ranging from sustainable sourcing practices, customer service, hygiene and staff training, and most importantly, the quality of fish and chips.

There are no big money prizes for successful entrants however the accolade of being judged one of the best fish and chip businesses in the UK can have an enormous impact on business, with previous award winners seeing their sales increase by up to 100% within weeks of winning.

There are great media opportunities to be gained by businesses by just participating. The awards also provide a benchmark for business development, and can be a strong motivational tool for a business’s staff. 

 

New Awards Event

Bigger and better than ever, the 2013 Awards are now up and running and following various judging stages throughout the remainder of the year, will culminate in a glittering black tie evening awards ceremony  with entertainment, to be held in London in January 2013 at a new larger venue. 

Categories for 2013 (*new categories for this year)

Independent Takeaway – The National Fish & Chip Shop of the Year Award

All independent fish and chip businesses with no more than two outlets. Multiple operators with three outlets or more may enter only one of their outlets in this category or enter all of their shops in the Multiple Operator award but not both.

Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant Award

All independent fish and chip restaurants. Multiple Operators may enter this category but with only one of their restaurant outlets.

Best Multiple Fish & Chip Operator Award

Multiple operators with three outlets or more may enter their group in this category or enter only one of their outlets in the Multiple Operator award but not both.

Best Foodservice Outlets serving Fish & Chips Award (Multiple Outlets)

Open to pubs, restaurants, department stores, retailers, cafes, hotels, travel, and leisure.

Best Newcomer Award

New to the industry and in operation for 18 months or less from 01 September 2010.

Working Smarter – Staff Training and Development Award

Open to all bona fide fish and chip shop operators.

Contribution to the Local Community Award

Recognition for those businesses that support their local community.

The Good Catch Award

Promotion and knowledge of sustainable practices.

Young Fish Frier of the Year Award

Open to applicants who are 25 or under.

 *The Marketing and Innovation Award

Open to all bona fide fish and chip shop operators.

*Best Foodservice Outlet serving Fish & Chips Award (Independent Outlet)

Open to pubs, restaurants, department stores, retailers, cafes, hotels, travel, and leisure.

* From Field to Frier Award

Knowledge, care and promotion of potato produce.

*The Outstanding Achievement Award

To be voted for by an industry panel.

Development of the awards is overseen by an Industry Steering Group comprising representation from the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF, the National Edible Oils Distributors Association (NEODA), past national winners and a number of other prominent sector representatives. The continued success of the awards is also down to the fantastic sponsorship support provided by a wise variety of leading industry players.

National Fish & Chip Awards 2013 - Enter Today!

Entry forms now available from www.fishandchipawards.com

The closing date for entries in all award categories is 14 July 2012.

Sea Fish Industry Authority: www.seafish.org

Responsible Fishing Scheme:www.rfs.seafish.org  

Fish is the Dish: www.fishisthedish.co.uk