An employee at a Bradford fish and chip shop has been shortlisted for Employee of the Year at the National Fish and Chips Awards.

Joanne Newman from Towngate Fisheries in Idle has made the top 10 list in the new category launching in 2024.

Over the last few months, the fish and chip industry has been proposing which colleagues and peers deserve to be recognised for their standout contributions to the businesses they work for.

Of the many applicants, 10 will continue the judging process having caught the attention of the fish and chip expert panel, who inspected the nominees’ industry knowledge, work ethic, customer service skills and more.

The award provides an opportunity to champion small businesses in local communities.

Employers’ investment into skills development is a key ingredient for helping team members serve up the best experience for fish and chip diners, as well as furthering their personal career progression in the industry.

You can see the full shortlist for Employee of the Year here.

Towngate Fisheries described as a ‘little gem’ on Tripadvisor

On Tripadvisor, Towngate Fisheries has a rating of 4.5/5 out of 236 reviews.

One recent visitor said: “I happened across Towngate Fisheries by accident while visiting Idle on business.

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“What a little gem. I haven’t had better fish and chips and look forward to visiting Idle and this chippy once again.”

Another added: “Excellent fish and chips chosen off the lunch time menu, cooked to perfection, friendly staff you won't be disappointed.”

President of the National Federation of Fish Friers and awards organiser Andrew Crook said: “The greatest asset any chip shop, or business, could ever have is its people and we have received a fantastic amount of nominations for individuals who are setting the bar sky high and blazing a fantastic trail for others.

“It’s so exciting for us to see how passionate these professionals are for the industry and how much their careers mean to them, as well as the customers they serve.”

Nominees will face the judges for one last time, with four to make it through to the finals.

The victor is to be announced at the awards ceremony on February 28, 2024, at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.