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Thinking of starting up a catering business?

First things first...


Don't set yourself up for failure.


As a new business it’s safe to assume Environmental Health officers, Event Organisers and Insurance Providers will consider you a higher risk than experienced catering businesses. Our mission is to raise the bar for the industry and help you trade legally, safely and profitably. If you're just starting out it's critical that you start the right way and make this your ethos too.

Joining the association is a sign that you're serious about running your business the right way. We don't just get you on the right track, we keep you on it. 50% of our members are experienced caterers renewing year after year, with more and more joining via recommendations from other traders, Event Organisers and even Environmental Health Officers.

We're here for you when you're ready to get going. In the meantime you’ll find the answers to most of your questions below. And if you can’t? Feel free to contact us








This checklist covers all the stuff you physically need to be able to start up a mobile catering business, and make it profitable in the long run. The bad news? There's a lot of items on this list. The GREAT news? We can provide you with pretty much all of them.

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Find out what you need to operate your own mobile catering business safely and legally. It can be daunting, but we're here to help.



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As Britain has become more cosmopolitan our attitude towards different / interesting food has changed dramatically. There are thousands of different food types you can choose to sell.



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You want to run your own catering business but you're not likely to be looking at doing it as a hobby. You need to run it efficiently and make good money from it. Before you can do that you'll need somewhere to work and customers to serve. Let's talk about where you can work and the advantages / disadvantages of your options.



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The good news is you can get up and running with minimal investment but you must do your research and do things the right way.



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What type of catering setup are your going to sell your food (or drinks) from? A trailer, van, cart or gazebo? Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide.



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You know what you want to do but the technical and legal aspects are daunting and you're finding it hard to get off the ground confidently. That's what we're here for and we'll hold your hand through it all. You'll have access to everything you need and can get on with enjoying your new catering business knowing it's all taken care of.



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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. The various levels of mentoring available are suitable for catering newbies who are daunted by the start-up process, small event traders keen to scale up and long-term traders who aren’t enjoying the returns that they deserve.

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Handy mobile catering start up guides...



Have your say!

Every start-up caterer has worries and concerns. Tell us yours and we’ll tailor our support to help you. Simply take this 1 minute survey.

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Is starting a mobile catering business for you?

Is Mobile Catering for you?

10 Reasons why Starting a Mobile Catering Business...


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Safe, Legal, Profitable

Since things kicked off in 1987 The Nationwide Catering Association (NCASS) have been shaping the UK mobile catering industry. Our aim is to help make your catering business safe, legal and profitable.

Membership packages are available to suit all kinds of businesses, so there’s going to be one that fits your business perfectly. You’ll save save a heap of money, receive more work opportunities, have all of your legal documents taken care of, gain instant access to the most respected training courses in the catering industry and have over 27 years of experience waiting for you at the end of the phone should you need any advice or support. Plus, as a member you’re taken under our wing and are protected under our Primary Authority Partnership.








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