The Chesterford Group has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
The annual report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses across the UK.
To be included in the list, companies must show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.
The Chesterford Group is the parent company of fichnchickn, Churchills Fish and Chips and Bankers. The Essex-based business is run and owned by father and son team Hugh and James Lipscombe and operates the largest chain of fish and chip shops in the country, a mixture of takeaways and restaurants across the south of England from Peterborough to Brighton and Colchester to Basingstoke.
Unlike many of the much-beleaguered restaurant groups whose restaurant closures have dominated the headlines, The Chesterford Group is bucking the trend, recording an 11% increase in turnover this year and a 17% increase in store numbers, creating an additional 70 jobs with five new shop openings and growth at head office.
James Lipscombe, managing director, says: “It’s great to be recognised for our performance by the London Stock Exchange, but our financial performance, although pretty stellar, is not what drives us, it is secondary to our singular purpose of defending the future of fish and chips. I think our success is driven by every one of us being united behind this goal and striving every day to provide the best possible experience, and lasting memories for our customers.
“For us, growth is about giving our hardworking teams the opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their families. We have created 70 new jobs this year by opening a further five stores and increasing the capability of the organisation by creating new roles in our S.H.E.D. (Super Hero Empowerment Division or head office to most people). We consistently invest in our stores and our teams of Superheroes to create a company that people can be proud of.”