Speakers added to JJ Foodservice event

More experts on the line up for Women in Fish and Chips conference

Attendees to JJ Foodservice’s innovative new industry event will be feeling extra chippy after a couple of speakers were added to the line up.

Seafish Market Insight Analyst, Suzi Pegg-Darlison, and employee retention expert Alan McColm (pictured above) have joined the list of speakers at the inaugural Women in Fish and Chips event that takes place on 13 January 2020.

Pegg-Darlison will be revealing the key trends and opportunities in the eating-out sector with a particular focus on seafood gathered from her work with Seafish, a public body that supports the £10 billion seafood industry, while McColm is focusing on the practical tools he used to help his restaurant thrive in his Improving Business Performance Through Your Team workshop.

McColm is the joint owner of the award-winning Real Food Cafe in Tyndrum in western Scotland and has earned recognition for improving operations and business performance through cultural change and investing in people.

Elsewhere at the event, Janet Colclough, who owns Nana Jan’s, a modern fish and chip shop in Buckshaw Village in Chorley is discussing how she has applied her background in retail and logistics to deliver an eye-catching, high-tech customer journey.

The three speakers join a raft of other industry experts at the wholesaler’s maiden fish and chip event, with Pegg-Darlison looking forward to the chance to meet like-minded industry figures.

“We’re excited to speak at the UK’s first ever event dedicated to women in fish and chips,” she said. “Fish and chip shops served an estimated 109 million servings of fish and chips as a meal in 2018 (up 5% on the previous year).

“Meals that contained seafood in the eating out market were up 3.7% compared with the previous year which is fantastic news for fish and chip shops.”

JJ Foodservice supplies thousands of fish and chip shops in the UK and is a founding supporter of educational networking initiative Women in Wholesale, which is headed up by New Era PR’s Elit Rowland.

The foodservice wholesaler has taken a leading position on increasing diversity in the past with a campaign to introduce more women working in its depots – achieving a 18% ratio at its peak.

Group General Manager for JJ Foodservice Terry Larkin said: “We care passionately about the fish and chip shop sector and want to provide all the support we can to ensure our customers succeed.”

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