“To win the Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year Award in January 2014 was amazing, the ultimate goal, and a very proud moment for all the team at Quayside – it really doesn’t come any better than this!
"Winning this prestigious award has been a personal ambition of mine since becoming young Fish Frier of the Year ten years ago. The benefits for our business are endless, and not just by being busier but also by being presented with the opportunity to become a voice for our great industry. The award has created so many wonderful opportunities both nationally and internationally and not just for me but for all my family members – and taking fish and chips to the Far East to showcase to Japanese consumers was unbelievable. It has been fantastic to help raise the profile of the fish and chip industry and I am passionate that we will continue to do so.
"For us winning the award was not the end of something but rather the start of something else.”
Stuart Fusco, Quayside, Whitby, North Yorkshire
"Being involved in and becoming a winner at the 2013 National Fish & Chip Awards has been an absolute pleasure. From the huge marketing opportunities to be gained and associated increase in sales, through to the excitement of the awards ceremony itself, it is an experience we couldn't recommend highly enough to other business owners.”
Sarah Taylor, Pantini’s Fish & Chips, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
"Winning the national title for the flagship Best Independent Takeaway Award category was not only the realisation of a personal goal that I have had for many years, but a life-changing experience with amazing subsequent opportunities opening in all directions.
"Winning the 2013 Good Catch Award was also great recognition for the passion we have at The Bay for the industry’s future and the importance of responsible sourcing.”
Calum Richardson, The Bay, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire
"The National Fish & Chip Awards are the ultimate showcase for our wonderful industry and I would strongly recommend that the owners of all ambitious and progressive fish and chip shops and restaurants enter the competition.
"I have been involved with the competition, entering a number of categories over the years, and I have seen my sales increase as a direct result of being a regional finalist in the main award category on two occasions and by also winning both the Good Catch and Best Independent Restaurant Award categories.
"Seafish is the organiser of the entire competition and their support for the fish and chip market, through the National Fish & Chip Awards is tremendous and their support should be appreciated and exploited!
"The fish and chip market will continue to face severe competition from a broad spectrum of other takeaway food markets, therefore the positive publicity that you can generate for your business, by entering the awards and by taking advantage of publicity opportunities, will help you to increase your sales in the intensely competitive market place for takeaway food.”
Richard Ord, Colmans of South Shields, Tyne & Wear