Kelly Barnes of Krispies to Chair Women in Fish and Chips
Andrew Crook - NFFF President
January 26, 2022

Owner of Krispies in Exmouth, Kelly Barnes, has been named chairperson at this year’s Women in Fish and Chips (WiFC) conference, taking place on February 28th in Birmingham.

She will join the line-up of successful shop owners and industry experts to discuss how to ‘Build Better Businesses and Teams’ at the event, organised by JJ Foodservice.

Serving fish and chips for more than 20-years, Kelly’s shop has won numerous national and local awards, including being crowned Best Fish & Chip Shop in the UK in 2019.

Elit Rowland, Head of Communications at JJ Foodservice, said, “Kelly is a great addition to our line up – she’s extremely motivating and has a great story.”

Taking place in Birmingham, topics planned for the day include recruitment and retention, future food trends and how to make fish and chips more attractive to the next generation.

Kelly commented, “We’re all facing the similar challenges right now with rising food and energy costs, not to mention skills shortages. It’s great to come together with other like-minded shop owners, in a friendly environment, where we can share ideas.”

See all confirmed speakers and themes here:  

Register for the event here. Or email 

WiFC is an annual event organised by JJ Foodservice to help inspire, support, and connect women working in the fish and seafood sector.

The event is free for shop owners and managers. Tickets for suppliers cost £150 + VAT.

About JJ Foodservice

National wholesaler JJ Foodservice is an independent foodservice specialist delivering from eleven MSC-certified branches across the UK. Customers can order online or on the phone, for collection or delivery. Orders placed by 8pm will be delivered on the next available delivery day and same-day collection is available for all customers, seven days a week. JJ sells a wide range of fish and seafood products, including IQF, Line-Caught and Frozen at Sea options, all sustainably sourced and competitively priced. Catch dates are available on selected lines.

JJ Foodservice is a founding supporter of Women in Wholesale, which is now in its sixth year and has helped hundreds of females in the industry to progress in their careers.

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