National Fish & Chip Awards - Staff Training & Development

Wetherby Whaler of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, has today (23 January 2020) been crowned winner of the Staff Training and Development Award at the National Fish & Chip Awards 2020.

The National Fish & Chip Awards is a UK-wide competition celebrating true excellence in the fish and chip industry organised by Seafish, the public body that supports the £10bn UK seafood industry. The Staff Training and Development Award recognises businesses that have exceeded expectations by providing great staff training opportunities and apprenticeships for their employees - the people who make and serve up the nation’s favourite takeaway.

Wetherby Whaler battled it out with two other shortlisted finalist businesses to take home the prestigious Staff Training and Development Award. They were assessed against a wide variety of judging criteria, including internal training policies and procedures, training support and forward plans for staff development. Judges also visited the business unannounced to undertake full a review of staff training and development practices. They were also evaluated on the quality of the fish and chips and the level of customer service provided.

Marcus Coleman, Chief Executive at Seafish, said: “Huge congratulations to the team at Wetherby Whaler for winning this award. An effective staff training programme is essential for the development of any fish and chip business and it’s fantastic to see how Wetherby Whaler are excelling in this area. This award recognises business that go above and beyond to provide high quality training, acknowledging the importance of employee progression. Wetherby Whaler invested in staff training and development to the highest level and they truly deserve to take home the crown.”

Philip Blakeman, Managing Director at award sponsor James T. Blakeman & Co Ltd, said: “As a family business with over 60 years’ experience, staff training has always been an important part of our success. The owners of fish frying establishments cannot overlook the importance of quality training for young staff members. As a proud sponsor of The National Fish & Chip Awards, this category showcases businesses that are a credit to the industry. We would like to congratulate Wetherby Whaler on their success in the competition.”

A portion of fish and chips can also contribute towards one of the recommended five a day portions of fruit and vegetables if mushy peas are included. It can also be one of the recommended two portions of fish a week that we should all be eating as part of a balanced diet. Fish and chip shops and restaurants cater to a diverse range of lifestyle and health choices by providing small portion size choices, gluten free options and various types of fish species. Innovation is key for many businesses, with fish and chip shops constantly evolving and adding varied and interesting options to their menus.

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