National wholesaler JJ Foodservice is launching the UK’s first ever Women in Fish and Chips (WiFC) event to help female chippies meet other successful operators and grow their business networks.
The event follows research by JJ Foodservice which revealed 74% of female shop owners would like to meet other successful people running fish and chip shops.
Almost two-thirds (64%) said they would like to build their business networks and connections, while 62% said they would like to have support with managing staffing issues and 57% would like the opportunity to sample new products. Almost half (43%) said they need help to balance work and home life better.
WiFC is free of charge for shop owners and staff and will be held on Monday 13th January at The Studio in Cannon Street, London.
Proposed event chairperson Nikki Hawkins, trade events manager at the Sea Fish Industry Authority, said: “I have been working in the seafood industry for 18 years. I’m delighted to be involved in an event that spotlights and celebrates women in our industry. It can only help to inspire other females and make the fish and chip sector attractive to a wider pool of talent.”
JJ Foodservice supplies thousands of fish and chip shops in the UK across 11 different branches.
Terry Larkin, group general manager for JJ Foodservice, comments: “We care passionately about the fish and chip shop sector and want to provide all the support we can to ensure our customers succeed.
“The event will provide a friendly, informal network for like-minded women to meet and connect, helping individuals to thrive on both a personal and professional level.”
JJ Foodservice is a founding supporter of educational networking initiative, Women in Wholesale, which is now in its fourth year.