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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

New COP24 compliant appliance hose available to buy from NCASS

by Sophie Haigh | Aug 30, 2019

Clesse UK have recently launched a new stainless-steel appliance hose to act as a quick and safe replacement for the existing white polyhose.

We caught up with our very own Equipment Manager, Penny, to discuss the benefits of the hose, which is now available to purchase from

COP24 compliant appliance hose

Tell us Penny, what’s so great about the new design?

Well first of all, it’s 100% compliant with COP24 regulations and 100% recyclable, so it’s environmentally friendly. Many older hoses, such as the orange ones and those with jubilee clips, are no longer compliant and wouldn’t be signed off by many gas safe registered engineers these days – this new hose meets all current regulations, so you’ll have nothing to worry about if you have it in your equipment box.

So, it’s new and improved?

Yes! The new design has fixed any issues that users reported on its predecessor; for example, the old hose was heavy to transport and would get damaged easily when packed away – it was particularly bad in that the material would split if it got bent too much. The new hose on the other hand is much lighter, more flexible and is UV sealed to ensure that information such as an engineer code won’t fade away, even when sea air gets on to it.

The major plus point is that it’s very quick and simple to put together thanks to its push fit system. It’s been built to make transporting and assembling easy so you can be up and functioning as soon as possible. It’s essentially the same great system as before but much improved.

What canister is the hose compatible with?

It’s designed for use with the QuickSafe LPG system, which can also be purchased through NCASS Equipment and is our most popular model for mobile, event and street food traders. It’s all very easy to operate which is a blessing when you’re setting up at events and time is of the essence.

How often will I have to replace it?

The life span is estimated at 10 years and the hose comes with a 2-year warranty. The product has been designed to be as durable as possible and is both quick and safe. If there’s no sign of damage or deterioration after the 10-year period then the lifespan can be extended.

How do I get my hands on one?

We are currently selling the hose through NCASS Equipment. Email me at or pick up the phone and give me a call on 0121 603 2524 to chat more about anything equipment related.

For more information on NCASS Equipment or to view the equipment available, visit

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