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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


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...


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

or to request a call back click here

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Latest News

Food hygiene rating scheme being used more than ever by consumers

by Sophie Haigh | Aug 15, 2019

Recent statistics published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) show that the public’s interest in food hygiene ratings has increased considerably, reinforcing the claim by many consumers that displaying certificates should become mandatory in England.

The latest findings from May 2019 show that 66% of consumers now look for hygiene stickers when searching for a premises to eat at, compared to 60% of people in November 2018. Some 85% of participants reported that they are aware of the hygiene standards in places they eat out at or buy food from, whilst the most commonly reported ways of knowing about a food premises’ standards came from food hygiene rating stickers (66%) and the general appearance of the premises (59%).

Currently food businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are required by law to display their food hygiene ratings at their premises; those in England however are currently under no obligation to do so. It is expected that mandatory displaying will soon come into force in England, especially since food delivery services such as Just Eat recently made food hygiene ratings visible for customers to view on their app when placing orders.  

Whilst the prospect of having to display ratings on a premises can seem trivial to some, the findings demonstrate how not displaying one could potentially result in you losing business. Consumers are increasingly looking to find a good rating when choosing somewhere to eat, whether online or when passing by your business. We are confident that NCASS members are amongst the most diligent and compliant in the industry and adhere to best practice when it comes to food safety; and as such, a move to make the display of hygiene ratings compulsory will be welcome news for many businesses who have worked tirelessly for their 5 rating and want to demonstrate their commitment to customers when it comes to food safety.  

Angela Towers, Head of the Food Hygiene Ratings Team at the FSA said: “The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme gives consumers the information they need to make informed decisions about where they eat out and enables them to vote with their feet. 

‘We are pleased to see continuing increased use of the scheme, which further highlights a need to make the information it provides more accessible in England through mandatory display of hygiene ratings.”

The influx of recent news about food hygiene ratings makes it the perfect time to obtain a five rating for your window display. NCASS members looking to push their rating up to a 5 can begin by ensuring that their Due Diligence folder is up-to-date and that they’ve filled in the risk assessments. The information contained helps caterers to stay compliant with current laws and regulations whilst also maintaining a safe environment for staff and customers, and so it’s important that these documents are regularly updated. Otherwise, our food hygiene training courses are open to members and non-members alike and go from basic level 1 training, through to the more in-depth level 3 for catering business owners and supervisors.

To check food hygiene ratings within the UK, simply head to For further information on our online food hygiene training courses click here, or alternatively, call the NCASS team on 0121 603 2524. 

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 >

How to start and run a mobile catering business