Planning your 2022 promotions 

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The hospitality team at Ryan’s looks at events coming up and how to make the most of them

National Fish and Chip Day will already be marked on your 2022 calendars – this year taking place on Friday 27th May – and you will be looking forward to the boost in business it should bring to fish and chip shops and restaurants all around the UK. But have you thought about the other national events you could create promotions around?

We all hope this year we will continue to see a return of all major events without restrictions and 2022 has some big ones coming up. Whilst we’ve just celebrated the Winter Olympics, 2022 will see the UK getting behind both the UEFA Women’s Euros (6th July – 31st July) and the Commonwealth Games (July 28th – 8th Aug) both of which are being held on home soil this year.

Although probably the largest event of 2022 is Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. On the 6th February this year, Her Majesty the Queen became the first ever British Monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee. To celebrate, the UK will have an extra four day bank holiday from Thursday 2nd June.   

So, what do you need to know to start planning your restaurant or takeaway promotion?

Who are your customers?

However big or small the event you’re planning on wrapping your promotion around, you first need to understand your customer base to make sure that your offers are relevant and enticing to them. 

Work out who your usual customers are and why they choose to buy their fish and chips from you. Are you catering for families, for people on their way home from work or to passing trade near a stadium, for instance? And analyse what they like to eat, too.

What do you want from your promotion?

If it’s all about the profit, you need to make sure you know your margins inside and out, and that you choose promotions that will still deliver on the bottom line. 

You may want to encourage new customers through your door, and that could mean that you’re willing to forego the big revenue opportunity for some positive PR.

Are there any restrictions?

As well as checking you’re legally allowed to run your promotions, you’ll need to have an eye on the copyrights in place for certain events. 

Did you know that, for example, while private individuals can use the word ‘Olympics’ in the case of normal conversation or the written word, there are restrictions for businesses wishing to use the word in the course of promotions and it must certainly not be used in such a way as to suggest a false connection or sponsorship arrangement. So, you’ll need to be creative!

Cover all bases

Planning is the best base for any promotion and checking the calendar early in the year makes good business sense. It will also give you time to check you have the stock you need, the staff you need and, if you’re doing something a little out of the ordinary, that your insurance will cover your promotional activity.

As well as protecting your staff, protecting your business premises, income and liabilities is also key. The team at Ryan’s specialise in insurance for your fish and chip shop so for more information about fish and chip shop insurance from Ryan’s or a free no obligation quotation, talk to the team today. 

Tel: 0800 093 3018


Ryan’s is a trading name of James Hallam Ltd. Registered office: 156 South Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2HF. Registered in England No: 01632840. James Hallam Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 134435.

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