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Harlees Fish and chips is an award-winning family business based out of Corfe Mullen, Dorset, operating 8 shops and restaurants across Dorset and Wiltshire. The family has been in the industry since 1946 with Harlees, established in 1997, being run by the 3rd and 4th generations. The company continues to expand providing opportunities to join the team across the counties.

Family feel business

Being a family run business we have a unique opportunity to provide additional support to team members providing a positive and inclusive culture. Employees over 18 have access to an external, qualified, over the phone counselling sessions. All are able to book welfare meetings with senior mangers and Directors to discuss their needs and wellbeing. We offer a one to one budgeting and financial support with our payroll team, who can provide information regarding tax, universal credit applications and money skills such as budgeting.

Parents and Guardians

Due to the nature of hospitality work, most shifts are during the evenings and lunchtimes. We are able to provide shifts that work around around the school run times.

Women in fish and chips

Harlees encourages women to consider the fish and chip industry as a career choice.
In the 20 leadership roles within the company (Assistant managers to Directors) 11 are Female and 9 are Male.
Director Kaylee Herbert was invited to present at the 2022 Women in Fish and Chips conference and actively promotes women within the industry.

School and College students

We are proud to be chosen by many young adults as their first step into the working world. A significant proportion of our teams are made up of 16-21 year olds working early evening shifts or weekends to fit around their studies.


Harlees is an inclusive company with representation of the LGBTQ+ community from team member, shop management and board of Directors level. We are continuing improve our support for the community by reviewing our company polices and phrases used within our documentation.

Additional learning needs

As part of our pledge to be an inclusive employer we strive to be able to employee a diverse range of people, including those with additional learning needs. Working with the NHS we are improving our training and additional supportive measures to encourage more people to either return to work or enter the world of work for the first time. Support and additional needs are assessed on an individual basis

Career prospects and training

In true family spirit we encourage and enjoy seeing our team members prosper and grow within the Harlees company. Our first employee from 1997 ’employee number one’ is still working with us and we have a number of employees now in management positions that have developed from joining in their late teens as serving assistants. We are continually working with shop managers to identify potential candidates that show commitment and a determination. Recently we have signed some of our existing managers on to the hospitality manager level 3 course and will be looking at future opportunities for other employees to stretch their skill sets and gain recognised qualifications. Within Harlees we provide a bespoke training platform that allows all employees at all levels to obtain recognised qualifications.


The supportive, inclusive and family culture we strive to maintain. For this reason, we look to hire on qualities over skill set and experience. We are looking for people that have a can do attitude that works well as part of a team and will support others to bring out the best of them. We look for people that are able to communicate well with customers, are punctual, can problem solve and will uphold our mission of providing quality fish and chips to our communities.