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Safe & Legal Catering

Are you operating safely & legally?


Do you have enough knowledge, training and time to run a legally compliant, safe food business?


UK catering businesses must adhere to a series of legal requirements in order to trade. Failing to do so could have significant consequences for the public, and for you. It's critical that you comply.

 


Legal checklist for mobile caterers

Find out what you need to do to operate your food business legally
> Click here and learn how to get legal

Primary Authority

NCASS members receive legal back-up from The Royal Borough of Greenwich
> Find out about our partnership




How does NCASS membership help you get legal?

 

It might feel like you’re dealing with a minefield when it comes to complying with catering law. But when you’re an NCASS member, your worries and fears will meet relief and calm. We’ll guide you and give you everything you need – due diligence documentation, risk assessments, policies, training, contracts and more. Bid your stresses farewell and enjoy more me-time.

> Read more about the legal stuff





Why you need to strive for a level five

Find out what to expect when an EHO visits, use effective inspection checklists to prepare for your next inspection, learn ways to display your rating and find out why it's so important that you do so.
> Visit the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Hub



Mobile catering code of practice

NCASS members agree to work to these high standards; so should all UK mobile caterers!
> Learn how to trade to best practice here

Visit the Allergen Hub

Find out everything you need to know and use free toolkits to trade legally under allergen law
> Visit The Allergen Hub


Learn everything about risk assessments

Learn everything you need to know to make sure your business is trading safely and legally, with all the right risk assessments in place. The NCASS online HACCP system will make a huge difference to your business.

> Visit The Risk Assessment Hub










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What does the Law say?

Rules and regulations can be tricky. Use our legal guidelines to decipher them.


Food Safety

Need to know info about food safety law & how to comply...

> Find out more


Gas Safety

Don't DIY with gas! How to make your business gas safe...

> Find out more


Electrical Safety

3 steps to take to make your business electrically safe...

> Find out more

Street Trading Licensing

What licences do you need? And what is a street?!

> Find out more


Vehicles and Towing - what you need to know

Tachographs, towing weights, type approval... Confused?

> Find out more


Health and Safety - What you need to know

Get in wrong and face fines or even imprisonment...

> Find out more


Noise Pollution and Regulations

Did you know there are rules for ice cream van chimes?!

> Find out more


Employment - What you need to know

Employee's privileges and when they have a right to them...

> Find out more


TEN License

Want to sell alcohol at an event? Read this...

> Find out more


Legal structures, registering with HMRC and book keeping...

> Find out more

5 reasons you need a hand- washing unit (#1 it's the law!)...

> Find out more

When should you use your fire protection equipment?

> Find out more




Training for food handlers: what does the law say?

> Find out more

Make sure you know how to recognise the signs...

> Find out more

You must provide a workplace pension for employees...

> Find out more


How to tell what food labelling you need on your products

> Find out more


When do you need an alcohol licence? Let's clear this up!

> Find out more


Comply with the General Data Protection Regulation

> Find out more

Safe, Legal, Profitable

Mobile catering law matters. Compliance minimizes risk to your customers, to your staff, to you and to your business. With more than 30 years of experience under our belt, NCASS wants to help you run your food business legally. Trade legally and you’re in the best position to trade safely.

All the information, tools, training and legislation updates you need to trade legally are waiting for you in your NCASS membership package. We go the extra mile on your behalf, so you can trade legally as you concentrate on the thing you love: cooking delicious food.



MEMBERSHIP
 
Join the Nationwide Caterers Association for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here


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'Meat Free Week'

by Sophie Haigh | Read time: 5 minutes | Jun 18, 2019

What is World Meat Free Week?
June marked the sixth year of Meat Free Week, an initiative to get people thinking and talking about meat consumption and production. The challenge is simple; to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for charities, including Meat Free Monday in the UK, which helps to fund education resources, marketing, research, cooking workshops and special events.

Why does it matter?
In a study carried out by the University of Oxford - the most comprehensive analysis of the food system’s impact on the environment to date, researchers found that beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses. Enormous changes to farming are also needed to avoid destroying the planet’s ability to feed the 10 billion people estimated to be living on Earth in a few decades.

Researchers have said that there needs to be a large global shift towards following a flexitarian diet to prevent the global temperature increase from breaching the 2C limit agreed by governments. Livestock are responsible for creating as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the world’s cars, trucks and aeroplanes put together.

Forging a pound of beef is the equivalent of taking one car off the road and it takes 500 gallons of water to grow one pound of chicken meat, an amount that could be used to make five pounds of potatoes or three loaves of bread; in turn creating a smaller carbon footprint but feeding more people. Taking small steps to reduce our meat intake can have a positive impact on the environment and the future of our planet.

How is NCASS involved?
Sustainability has become a hot topic for caterers in the past few years. Festival and street food organisers are increasingly looking towards sustainable ways to feed hundreds of people at events without having too much of a negative impact on the environment. Here at NCASS, we strive to create an industry that protects the environment, as demonstrated in our partnership with 8th Plate, a food salvage scheme with a mission to turn festival food waste into nutritious meals for people visiting food banks and soup kitchens.  

We’ve also come together with other live events industry specialists to pledge our support to Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision: 2025, an initiative aimed at reducing festival impacts by 50% by 2025, in line with government targets. Festival Vision: 2025 will provide free-to-use and practical sustainability resources for caterers, including a second edition of the environment report, The Show Must Go On. You can get involved in the crowdfunder page here.

How you can help
There are many ways to reduce the impact that your business is having on the environment. Caterers looking to make the first steps in helping the environment can start by changing their packaging to bio-degradable alternatives, such as Biopac’s plastic free range. Signing up to food salvage schemes such as 8th Plate will also help us to save food that would otherwise go to landfill and use it to feed the most vulnerable members of our society.

If you want to learn how to run a catering business that is protecting the environment whilst increasing profits, our Sustainability Training is the perfect solution. 

Covering a variety of areas that are crucial to ensuring sustainability, including sourcing seasonal produce, menu planning, Fairtrade and social responsibility, the course will enable your business to function responsibly in an everchanging industry and take care of the planet for generations to come.

To purchase the course or for more information, visit the NCASS website or call 0121 603 2524.



MEMBERSHIP
 
Join the Nationwide Caterers Association for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here




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