FAQs

1. How do I submit an entry?
2. When is the closing date?
3. How can I find out more about the awards?
4. I’ve only been in the fish and chip business a very short time, do I stand any chance of winning?
5. Do I have to use frozen at sea fish?
6. There never seems to be a winner in my part of the country, do you prefer the big city shops?
7. Is there any advantage in using any particular make of range?
8. Is there any point in a small back street type of shop entering?
9. Do I have to have a seating area for customers to eat in?
10. How do I know what the judges are looking for?
11. I cannot afford to spend a lot of money on refitting my shop. Is there any point in me entering?
12. I know there are better shops than mine in this area so what’s the point in me entering?
13. Is the competition ever won by a small family shop or is it always the big ones who can afford lots of staff?
14. Do I have to hold the Fish and Chip Quality Award to get anywhere in the National Fish & Chip Awards?
15. In the flagship Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award category, what benefit would it be for me if I won the judging stage for my local area and then got nowhere in the following stages?
16. Do I have to have all new and modern equipment?
17. I’ve entered in the past and got nowhere, so is there any point in taking part again?
18. Is it true that you can only get in the finals if you have spent a lot of money on your business?



1. How do I submit an entry?


Entries can be completed and submitted through our new online platform - https://fishandchips.awardsplatform.com




2. When is the closing date?


The 2018 National Fish & Chip Awards opened for entry on 1 May 2017.


Closing date details for respective award categories are detailed on the different entry forms. The closing date for submission of entries to the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award is 30 June 2017.




3. How can I find out more about the awards?


General enquiries:


Call Nikki Hawkins, Events Manager, Seafish on Tel: 01889 271604 or Andy Gray, Trade Marketing Manager, Seafish on Tel: 07876 035767 or email awardsentry@seafish.co.uk


Sponsorship enquiries:


Nikki Hawkins, Events Manager, Seafish

Tel/Fax: 01889 271604




4. I’ve only been in the fish and chip business a very short time, do I stand any chance of winning?


There is a specific award category, Best Newcomer Award, for people who are new to the fish and chip industry. This provides such people with an opportunity to achieve some awards success without having to compete against long established businesses.




5. Do I have to use frozen at sea fish?


No. It is how you store and look after your fish that is assessed as part of the judging criteria, and not whether it is fresh or frozen.




6. There never seems to be a winner in my part of the country, do you prefer the big city shops?


No. There is no preference shown to big, medium or small shops; it is simply the ‘best’ that we look for.




7. Is there any advantage in using any particular make of range?


No. During any shop judging visits, the judges look for a range that is clean, tidy, well maintained and in excellent working order, and the operation of which is well understood by owners/fryers. The type or brand of range makes no difference in the judging process.




8. Is there any point in a small back street type of shop entering?


Yes! In these awards size does not matter! If you are the 'best' you will always have a chance of winning. Many past winners have been small traditional takeaway shops, who have been successful purely on the back of the excellent service they provide, the products they serve, the practices and techniques they follow and general business systems they have in place.




9. Do I have to have a seating area for customers to eat in?


If you are a fish and chip restaurant there is a specific award category that you can enter; namely the Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant of the Year Award. However, for other award categories, including the flagship Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award, you do not require to have a seating area for customers (sit-in facilities are noted but carry no marks in the judging process).




10. How do I know what the judges are looking for?


The judges are looking for a great product, efficient and polite service, a good clean shop with welcoming staff. Eye catching frontage and pleasing shop interior, with informative promotional point of sale material, will also gain points. The judges are also looking for best practice with regards to sourcing, storage and preparation of raw materials through to the cooking and serving of the actual fish and chips. In essence, the sort of shop you, as a customer, would like to get your fish and chips from!




11. I cannot afford to spend a lot of money on refitting my shop. Is there any point in me entering?


Yes! Think of the local media interest it will generate. Fish and chips is a well-loved UK icon, and as such, your local media should be interested in covering your participation in the National Fish & Chip Awards.




12. I know there are better shops than mine in this area so what’s the point in me entering?


Are you sure they are better than you? Just by entering the awards you can generate good local media interest which can greatly help in the promotion of your business.




13. Is the competition ever won by a small family shop or is it always the big ones who can afford lots of staff?


Many winning businesses have been exactly that; small family owned shops, and with a variety of award categories there are plenty of opportunities to become a winner.




14. Do I have to hold the Fish and Chip Quality Award to get anywhere in the National Fish & Chip Awards?


No. However, if you are not currently a Fish and Chip Quality Award holder, why not apply for it, as it can only be of benefit to your business. Visit the Quality Fish and Chips Awards website for further details. However, if you are a Quality Award holder, then make sure to enter the NFFF Quality Award Champion Award, which is only eligible for entry by current Quality Award holders.




15. In the flagship Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award category, what benefit would it be for me if I won the judging stage for my local area and then got nowhere in the following stages?


Winning an area award is excellent news for your business, and the publicity gained provides a great platform to promote your business to new and existing customers.




16. Do I have to have all new and modern equipment?


No. It just has to be well looked after, kept clean and in good working order.




17. I’ve entered in the past and got nowhere, so is there any point in taking part again?


You may be giving up too easily, and as the saying goes, "you’ve got to be in it, to win it"!




18. Is it true that you can only get in the finals if you have spent a lot of money on your business?


No. However, reinvesting in your business is always sound practice.

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