Following two awards in 2016, the Lincolnshire-based chain of fish and chip restaurants and takeaways seems to still be on a winning streak. The Elite will be adding this title to its Heart of the Community award at the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards and its Red Ribbon Awards Special Recognition title for Sleaford manager Rachel Tweedale.
Rachel said: “We’re really pleased to have been shortlisted and to be regional winners of the Family Business category in these awards. Our charitable and community work is really important to us, so to have that recognised alongside our business success is great.
“We’ve been incredibly busy in the past year. Among other things, we’ve raised more than £10,000 for charity and supported a promising young athlete, and of course our hard-working staff have served our wonderful customers with fantastic fish and chips.
“Our move in 2015 to more sustainable fishing stocks has also been something we want to shout about. If we progress further in the competition it will be a perfect platform for us to spread the positive message of eating quality, responsibly sourced seafood too!”
The awards, now in their fourth year, are open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding smaller businesses in the UK, a sector that makes an overwhelming contribution to the UK’s economy and culture.
Mike Cherry, UK Chairman of FSB, said: “Well done to all these regional winners and to all the smaller businesses who contribute so much to our nations’ and regions’ characters and economies. This year’s entries were all of the highest standard and were reflective of the diverse and strong small business culture across the UK.”
James Frost, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer at Worldpay UK, said: “Small businesses will continue to help drive the UK economy through both their innovation and expansion. It’s critical, especially in these uncertain times, that we support and recognise their contribution to the national economic growth and applaud the hard work and commitment that goes into running your own business.”
The regional category winners were selected by a panel of representatives from the small business sector from across the UK, and will now go forward to the next stage of judging.
Eleven national category finalists will be shortlisted to then go through to the final for the FSB & Worldpay UK Business Award 2017, being held on 10th May at Shakespeare’s Globe, London SE1.