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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


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 0300 124 6866

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Latest News

British Street Food Award winners picked and prepped for European finals

by Sophie Haigh. | Sep 16, 2019

Mobile caterers from the breadth of the country headed to Street Feast’s Hawker House in London on 14th September to compete in the finals of the tenth British Street Food Awards (BSFA), supported by Hellman’s. 

Following five qualifying heats around the four corners of the UK, the sixteen finalists came together to fight it out for a prestigious award and a spot at the European Street Food Awards in Sweden.

Creators of Venezuelan street eats, Pabellón, came out as the victors from the day thanks to their hand-made arepas, slow-cooked sauces and fresh salads, which also earned them the award for ‘Best Sandwich.’ Judge, cookbook author and BAFTA-nominated actress Fay Ripley praised their menu and energy: “They’re my pick for the overall experience – lovely people, and lovely food." The team will now be heading to Malmo to represent Britain in the European Street Food Awards.

Second place in the Judges’ Choice category went to Homeboys, who also won ‘Best Snack’ after wowing both judges and the crowd with a show stopping dish of oak smoked ham hock and a six-hour braised jowl croquette. Wanderers Kneaded were in joint second place of the ‘Best Snack’ category with their figs and nduja pizza topped with an exploded burratina and organic hot honey. 

Glamorgan’s very own Pink Peppercorn Food Co. attained third place in the Judges’ Choice with their ‘Fishguard Cawl’ with Welsh chorizo, Tenby mussels, pan-fried MSC hake and burnt Kent corn. Attention to detail and dedication to using local Welsh produce earned them brownie points with the judges. The duo also walked away with ‘Best Main Dish’

Utter Waffle enjoyed an incredible night of award wins after earning recognition in the ‘Best Looking Food Truck’ category for Reggie the Waffle Wagon, plus ‘Best Dessert and ‘People’s Choice.’ The pair, praised by BSFA founder Richard Johnson for being “such a smiley team,” also have their passports at the ready for their flight to Sweden for the European Street Food Awards. 

The ‘Best Vegetarian’ award went to Turo, Turo for their Filipino inspired charred aubergine concoction, in a category which Richard deemed the toughest; demonstrating how the rise in vegetarian options is “a great indicator of how Britain’s tastes are changing.”

‘Best Burger’ went to Flying Cows for their ‘Truffle Shuffle’ creation, consisting of aged Dexter beef patty, mature cheddar, truffle and porcini mayo, beef fat caramelised onions and smoked bacon. Michelin-starred chef, Jon Marsden-Jones was impressed by the fact that the beef came fresh from Dan’s farm.

The Most Sustainable award, sponsored by Hellmann’s, went to Need Street Food of Hampshire and ArtiSam of Manchester - both praised for their commitment to sustainability and initiatives to prevent food waste in their businesses.

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part in what has been another incredible year for street food!

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