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NFFF - We need to Rebuild

NFFF - We need to Rebuild

WE NEED TO REBUILD - Written by Andrew Crook, NFFF President

Over recent weeks there have been opportunities for operators to attend events again. Some were lucky enough to go to the British Takeaway Awards, others the informative Isle of Ely Open Day.

It was great to see people again after such a long time apart and the social side of the industry is something we need to ensure we manage to rebuild. I remember Fred Capel, when he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement at the National Fish and Chip Awards, saying on stage that many of his best friends are in this room and industry and it is that which makes us so different.

WE NEED TO REBUILD - Written by Andrew Crook, NFFF President

Over recent weeks there have been opportunities for operators to attend events again. Some were lucky enough to go to the British Takeaway Awards, others the informative Isle of Ely Open Day.

It was great to see people again after such a long time apart and the social side of the industry is something we need to ensure we manage to rebuild. I remember Fred Capel, when he was awarded the Outstanding Achievement at the National Fish and Chip Awards, saying on stage that many of his best friends are in this room and industry and it is that which makes us so different.

I have often said that the industry is like one big family, yes, we have our disagreements as all families do, but we all want the same thing and now more than ever we need to be supporting each other and helping each other to grow as operators and as people. I have been in this great industry for 22 years now, and I have met many characters during my career, through my involvement with the NFFF I have worked alongside some amazing people, and I am lucky enough to call them friends. It is these friendships that spur you on through the tough times, and that they have had the same experiences in the past, a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. These friends are also the people who challenge you when needs be, and everyone needs that at times.

Winter is likely to throw up some challenges, with flu looking like a threat. Normally Australia has an outbreak first and we use that to base our yearly vaccine on, this year Australia has been in lockdown, and we have missed a year of infections ourselves so we may have more cases this winter. Masks may help to protect our businesses from infection spreading once again so please keep looking at your risk assessments and revising them when needed.

We face a tough economic climate in a changing trading environment and with a shortage of employees to add to our woes. We need to be standing together, ‘back-to-back’, and fighting outwards to ensure we come out of this in the best shape possible.

There may be few casualties along the way but hopefully, we can keep them to a minimum. We are facing a high rate of inflation which means our sale prices will need to increase but the likelihood is consumers will have less to spend. Compound this with more choice and many existing businesses who were dine in only, now continuing takeaway and delivery, we may have a challenge on our hands but with a great product and service, we stand a good chance.

We must also support the supply chain from the wholesalers to our other suppliers, who are involved in the fish and chip industry. These companies also face increased demands from wholesalers struggling with continuity of supply, driver shortages, and price increases. We all need to understand and work with suppliers in these very challenging times.

We now have much stronger connections with the rest of hospitality and with the Government. Whilst we may have some competition between us for customers, we certainly have many of the same needs and by working together we can achieve much more. It is the independent businesses that add colour to our villages, towns and cities and we are very important to our communities.

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