Phew, what a year 2017 was! Firstly, we won our first ever National Award and then we were on BBC 2. We also sponsored our first Exe Estuary Beach Cleans, welcomed some more of Mr Krispies Fishy Friends (including our favourite, Mickey the Mackerel pictured right) and all year we have been busier than ever before.
But don’t for a minute think that 2017 was our peak! We are all rested after Christmas and ready to go again for another amazing year. We already have some exciting things in our diary for 2018 and here are just some of things you can look forward to at Krispies over the next 12 months.
It all starts this month at The National Fish & Awards 30th Anniversary Ceremony in London on 25th January. Last year we won the From Field to Fryer Award, this year we are nominated for the Marketing Innovation Award. We are extremely proud to have been chosen as one of the top three shops in the UK and if we actually win this it will be the icing on the cake! Keep your eyes on our social media pages for instant updates on the day.
One thing that was new for us in 2017 was sponsoring the Exe Estuary Beach Cleans run by Exe Estuary Management Partnership. We love Exmouth and we are passionate about maintaining a clean and safe environment so fish can thrive so supporting this worthwhile event seemed like a natural fit. We are intending to continue to sponsor the Beach Cleans throughout 2018. Again, keep your eyes on social media for confirmation of dates and times.
A definite day for your diary is 22 September 2018. Every year the RNLI hold Fish Suppers throughout the UK to raise money for the RNLI and also give everyone who volunteers a chance to let their hair down. As you know, Tim is a volunteer Crew Member for Exmouth RNLI and so this event is very close to our hearts and this year we want to achieve something truly special – we are going to attempt to hold the biggest RNLI Fish Supper ever! We are still finalizing details but you can be sure there will be fabulous fish, fun, music and laughter all in the name of raising as much money as we can for the RNLI. Information on tickets will be published in due course.
Then in the Autumn of 2018 we are planning a radical transformation. We know you love Krispies and sometimes our popularity means waiting a little longer than you would like for your Fish and Chips. We are going to be rewarding your patience by investing in a major upgrade of our equipment and a total refit of our shop so we can serve even more Award Winning Fish & Chips and add new and exciting things to our menu too! This is our biggest upgrade in over 10 years and we simply cannot wait. We would do it sooner but it takes months to manufacture our bespoke new cooking range.
So, you can see, we have a busy time ahead and this is not all we plan either! There will be other events, launches and competitions throughout the year so make sure you keep on eye on our website, follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram and read your Krispies Chronicle when it drops into your inbox every month for all the latest information.
Finally, thank you to every single one of you that came and visited us in 2017. We hope you enjoyed your Fish & Chips and we hope you will come and see us again in 2018. Wishing you all very Happy New Year.
Tim & Kelly Barnes