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Starting up a Mobile Catering business?

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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? Give us a call on 0121 603 2524

Here's pretty much everything you need to know...

Starting your catering business - the list

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. > Find out more








What do you need legally

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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What food should you sell?

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.

> Find out more


Where can I work as a mobile caterer?

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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Mentoring for caterers

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 setup should I run my catering business from?

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.
> Find out more


What next?

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.
> Find out more


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.



MEMBERSHIP
 
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

Brits opting for festivals over summer holidays

by Sophie Haigh | 5 minute read | Jun 14, 2019

‘Brits are choosing festivals over holidays,’ according to new research from Barclaycard.

The cost of holidays rising by 29%, hotter summers in the UK and uncertainties around Brexit are just some of the reasons why a fifth of Brits are choosing to attend more live events this year. Some 32% are seeing a live event as their main summer trip and most importantly, 27% revealed that trying new foods is a main reason to be flocking to muddy fields during the season, placing culinary delights third in a table of the top ten reasons why people attend festivals.

Gone are the days when festival food was just a means to line the stomach. Today, many people are placing as much focus on the food line-up as the music, with street food vendors fast becoming a main attraction at festivals thanks to the abundance of colourful stands and the chance to try new cuisines from across the globe.

The popularity of immersive festivals, whereby attendees can delve into a weekend of music, demonstrations, recreational classes and top-quality food is a key theme for the shift in people’s summer activities. Individuals are becoming less concerned about material things, instead, choosing ‘experiences’ and opportunities for new discoveries.

 Daniel Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard, commented:

“It’s fascinating to see how live entertainment events have evolved over the past few years. Festivals are no longer just about the music, but about finding opportunities to discover new ways to have fun and make memories, whether that’s taking a yoga class, trying out a new cuisine or seeing a comedian.

“With many events now billed as entertainment hubs offering so much to do and see, it’s not surprising Brits are considering putting off a trip abroad in favour of some festival fun!”

The new findings are a reminder of the contribution that caterers play in giving festival goers the ‘full experience’ when attending events. With summer on the horizon and festival season in full swing, it’s crucial to ensure attention-to-detail when attending events as a caterer. The appearance of your stand, its location and the attitude and knowledge of staff when quizzed about the menu can be the difference between someone returning to you for a second portion, or rather, them warning their group of friends not to try your food.

Being able to demonstrate compliancy is also crucial if you want to prevent disruption to service.

A handy way to get all your relevant paperwork in order is through NCASS Connect, an online hub available to members and non-members, which allows you to get immediate access to legal documentation for any visiting health inspectors.

Other top tips for getting festival ready, include:

  • Making sure that you and your staff have completed all the necessary training in the last three years for the role
  • Sourcing good staff that you can rely on and who are friendly, helpful and have a passion for serving quality food
  • Ensuring you’ve got a contract from the event organiser, listing things such as pitch location, terms and conditions for event location and details of marketing placements
  • Creating a unit that is easy to spot in large crowds. Use boards, music or decorations to draw people over to your stand.

For more information about NCASS Connect, click here or speak to a member of the team on 0121 603 2524.


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MEMBERSHIP
 
Join 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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