Sleaford area family chip shops crowned national champions

Rachel and Adrian Tweedale, co-directors at The Elite Fish & Chip Company which won the national food and drink Family Business of the Year award at this year's Family Business Awards. EMN-190716-171834001
Rachel and Adrian Tweedale, co-directors at The Elite Fish & Chip Company which won the national food and drink Family Business of the Year award at this year's Family Business Awards. EMN-190716-171834001

The Elite Fish and Chip Company, which has chip shops in Sleaford and Ruskington, is celebrating after being named as national champions in the food and drink category at this year’s National Family Business Awards.

Staff from the family-run business, which also has outlets in Lincoln, enjoyed a night of glitz and glamour on Saturday to celebrate this year’s National Family Business Awards at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Staff from The Elite Fish & Chip Company. The company was crowned national champions in the food and drink category at this year's National Family Business Awards. EMN-190716-171823001

Staff from The Elite Fish & Chip Company. The company was crowned national champions in the food and drink category at this year's National Family Business Awards. EMN-190716-171823001

Adrian Tweedale, Director at the Elite Fish and Chip Company, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the national title for the food and drink Family Business of the Year. This award win is the highest accolade for a family business – and we’re thrilled to be adding more silverware to our trophy cabinet.

“We wouldn’t be where we are without our hardworking and dedicated staff, as well as our amazing customers who have shown loyalty to us over the last 30 years. This award tops off what has been a hugely successful time for our business after we raised more than £32,000 for three wonderful charities to mark our 30th anniversary.”

The award win comes after a busy and successful period for the Elite Fish and Chip Company; earlier this year the firm celebrated a double award win at the East Midlands Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019. In March, the Elite also announced that it would be opening a fourth restaurant and takeaway in Lincoln’s historic Bailgate which is due to open later this year.

The National Family Business Awards recognise the very best in family-owned businesses across the UK and Ireland. This year’s awards marked a decade of showcasing the very best in family-owned businesses and have become the highest and most sought-after accolade a family-owned business can take home.