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...Kelly Barnes, Krispies, Exmouth, Devon



Are there any innovations you’d suggest for independent chippies?

If you’re bringing something new and innovative into your business make sure you do your research first and know you have a market for it. Fish and chips is easy to do badly and I strongly believe in keeping things simple but doing them really, really well.


How did you get into the industry?

I met Tim at a holiday park in Exmouth in August 1997. We moved in together in the January of 1998 and Tim was a manager at the local fish and chip shop. I ended up with a job on the counter and have loved it ever since. We bought our first shop together in 1998.


If you could change jobs with anyone else for the day who would it be?

Richard Branson. I find him inspiring and love how he’s built up his businesses. I believe you can never stop learning.


What’s your favourite film?

I have so many that take me back to being carefree and to the days of sleepovers with my girlfriends. But I think my ultimate favourite is Top Gun, I love Tom Cruise and the soundtrack to the film is awesome!


What was the first music single you bought?

It was a 7” vinyl single, The Flying Pickets 'Only You'. I loved the song, we went to Our Price on a Saturday and I bought it with my pocket money.


Do you have a nickname?

Mrs B, my friends call me this and I am also known as Mrs Krispies, I have gained this one since having the shop!


What did you want to be as a child?

My first thought was I wanted to join the Navy as my grandad was in it. As I grew older that swiftly moved onto a tour rep abroad, I loved the idea of being free and away from home.


If you could have anyone join your team who would it be?

I'm not sure if he’s still alive but Ray Kroc, he was the guy who founded the concept of McDonald’s and, as much as they are Marmite in business, I believe the concept, to make good food consistently, anywhere in the world, is something lots of people could learn from.


What’s your favourite food?

My friends laugh at me as my signature dish at home is a salad! My salad consists of cold meats, crusty bread, pickles, lots of cheese and a good chutney! No green in sight!


What sports team do you support?

Not really a lover of sports at all! Never have been but if I had to choose between football or rugby it would be rugby every time.


If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Again, Richard Branson is the person I’d love to meet. I would ask him “When things were tough, what was the driving force that made you never give up?”


If you were Prime Minister for a day what’s the first thing you would do?

I would listen to teachers more! I would abolish all the paperwork and allow teachers to do the job they trained to do.


If you could go back in time what year would you choose?

I would choose the year my daughter was born in 2002, I was very young when I had her and working so hard to build the business that I missed out on a lot of her growing up in that first year. So I would go back and make sure I made the most of that first year.


Do you have any hobbies?

Entertaining! I love being the hostess, having friends and family around the table in my house and making sure they are well fed and watered.


What question would you like to ask our next “30 minutes with”? 

What would you change in your business and why?

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