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Get Profitable

You're probably not in this business for a hobby. It's probably because you like to cook. And you want to make money. We're going to help you do that.


Where do mobile caterers work?

Shows and Events

From village fetes to music festivals...

Working at events

Thousands of profitable shows and events take place in the UK every year. Find out how you can work at them. > Click here


Markets

Farmers, town centres, street food, car boot...

Trading at markets and car boots

Markets are a great place to work: less stressful than big events but ideal for gaining experience. Find out how you can work them. > Click here

Roadside / Permanent Pitch

Lay bys, industrial estates, town centres...

Roadside

The original home to the entire mobile catering industry, roadside trading has a lot to offer. Find out how you can do it. > Click here


Private Function / Parties

Weddings, birthdays, corporate events...

Catering at private parties and events

Private functions offer a low-risk way to earn money as you usually agree a fee in advance. Find out how to work at parties. > Click here




How can NCASS membership help you to get profitable?

 

NCASS membership will save your business literally hundreds of pounds. There’s no need to shell out more for training, legal documents and consultation when you’re an NCASS member. You’ll benefit from exclusive discounts with our trusted suppliers too. Suppose you might call the earning opportunities, special offers and crazy cashback deals the cherry on top.

> Learn more about saving and making money with NCASS

 


Booking work as a mobile caterer

Know the rules - tendering for catering work

The Golden Rules

Get to know them. Stick to them.


Pitch fees. Sometimes they make it hard to turn a profit. Sometimes they make it impossible not to make a loss. They can cause caterers an arm and a leg of grief. That’s why you need to know the 8 Golden Rules for booking pitches, before you hand over any cash.

> Read the rules


Fraudulent Events- Be aware

Fraudulent Events: Beware!

Here's how to spot them.


Sometimes fraudsters pose as event organisers, take cash from caterers for pitches then simply disappear. It sucks, but you can avoid being fooled by these criminals. If an event seems dodgy, do these checks to help you spot a potential scam. It's always worth it.

> Click here to read more

How can you keep increasing profits?

4 simple ways for mobile caterers to increase profits.


Improve the marketing for your catering business

Marketing matters. Improve yours to increase profits with these solutions. > Click here


Keep your staff happy - You're customers will appreciate it

Happy staff means higher profits. Find out how to keep yours smiling. > Click here


Have fewer inspections - gain more time

Spend less time talking to inspectors and more time serving customers. Click here


Reduce the costs of your catering business

The less money spent, the more money made. Find out how to cut supplier costs. > Click here


Sustainability tips that won't cost you the earth

With strong, sustainable practices in place within your business, you'll make great savings, do your bit for the environment and increase your likelihood of booking events. > Find out more

Mentoring for caterers

Whether you're a newbie or have been in the game for years, partnering with a catering mentor could help you increase your sales up to an additional £2,520 in a single weekend. > More



Receive relevant work opportunities via text messages

NCASS get to know each member so that we can offer you the help and support you need for safe, legal and profitable trading. We’ll help you find work too, by texting you opportunities specific to your location and food offering. And event organisers can book you for work via your NCASS control panel.


With more than 30 years under our belt, NCASS offer caterers more than just a highly respected due diligence system, comprehensive legal documentation and caterer-specific online training – though you will get all of that too! Most important of all, we’re always on the other end of the phone for you.




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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

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Latest News


Powerful Thinking

by Charlotte Anderson-Vile. | Jul 31, 2019

Following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the not-for-profit group, Powerful Thinking established their Festival Vision: 2025 campaign in a bid to reduce the live event industry’s impact on the environment by 50% by 2025. The Show Must Go On report is integral to Festival Vision: 2025, outlining practical solutions for the industry’s most environmentally-damaging practices.

Since its publication, 70 of the industry’s most notable festivals have signed the pledge; the report having brought “the most important conversation of our time” to the table.  Now, four years on and with the knowledge, education and perspective gained in that time, the not-for-profit group, Powerful Thinking, are set to create an updated version of The Show Must Go On Report, having exceeded their £25K Crowdfunding target, raising £28,665 in just 40 days.

‘As an industry, significant steps have been taken, technology is changing and there are many examples of innovation across the sector. It is now time to gather and share all of the most up to date information available so all event professionals can make the best decisions for their events and businesses.’

The comprehensive report, designed to ‘invigorate the vision’ and coming in 2020 will be written collaboratively by a cross-steering group including the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO), the Production Services Association (PSA), the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA), and our very own The Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) who will be spearheading the chapter on reducing emissions which are a direct result of the food and drink provisions at live events; with a focus on single-use packaging, water use, de-forestation and land degradation waste.

Ahead of the report’s publication date, Powerful Thinking will also be hosting the third annual Festival Vision:2025 conference at The Showman’s Show on the 16th October; giving attendees the opportunity to learn more about the group’s agenda, meet the experts who’ll be writing the report, as well as event organisers and suppliers who are leading the way for a sustainable industry.

To book your place at The Showman’s Show, contact bethan@powerful-thinking.org.uk or sign up to Powerful Thinking newsletter for programme updates for the Festival Vision: 2025 conference at The Showman’s Show: www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/sign-up



How to work & earn more

For 26 years NCASS has provided UK mobile caterers with reliable details for 2000+ annual outdoor events, including contact numbers, locations, dates, expected attendance and more... Every trader knows about The Events Guide.


Research events online

When you buy The Events Guide you'll get FREE access to the online database which is continually updated during the year, so you never miss a new event.

> Find events to earn at >




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