Starting a Fish and Chip Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Fish and chip shops are specialist takeaways that prepare, cook and serve a range of fried fish, freshly cooked chips, battered sausages, chicken nuggets, burgers, and pies and pasties. They also supply popular accompaniments such as mushy peas, curry sauce, cheese sauce and soft drinks. While most only operate an at-counter takeaway service, some also provide a seating area within the chip shop. They generally accept orders over the phone and some also take orders online.

Food business establishments such as fish and chip shops are highly regulated under legislation relating to registration of premises, food safety, waste disposal, and workplace health and safety.

The fast food industry is highly competitive, with around 30,000 takeaways, including 10,500 fish and chip shops, currently trading in the UK.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a fish and chip shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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