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Thinking of

Starting up a Mobile Catering business?

You've come to the right place


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.
> Find out more


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.
> Find out more


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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'Meat Free Week'

by Sophie Haigh | Read time: 5 minutes | Jun 18, 2019

What is World Meat Free Week?
June marked the sixth year of Meat Free Week, an initiative to get people thinking and talking about meat consumption and production. The challenge is simple; to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for charities, including Meat Free Monday in the UK, which helps to fund education resources, marketing, research, cooking workshops and special events.

Why does it matter?
In a study carried out by the University of Oxford - the most comprehensive analysis of the food system’s impact on the environment to date, researchers found that beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses. Enormous changes to farming are also needed to avoid destroying the planet’s ability to feed the 10 billion people estimated to be living on Earth in a few decades.

Researchers have said that there needs to be a large global shift towards following a flexitarian diet to prevent the global temperature increase from breaching the 2C limit agreed by governments. Livestock are responsible for creating as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the world’s cars, trucks and aeroplanes put together.

Forging a pound of beef is the equivalent of taking one car off the road and it takes 500 gallons of water to grow one pound of chicken meat, an amount that could be used to make five pounds of potatoes or three loaves of bread; in turn creating a smaller carbon footprint but feeding more people. Taking small steps to reduce our meat intake can have a positive impact on the environment and the future of our planet.

How is NCASS involved?
Sustainability has become a hot topic for caterers in the past few years. Festival and street food organisers are increasingly looking towards sustainable ways to feed hundreds of people at events without having too much of a negative impact on the environment. Here at NCASS, we strive to create an industry that protects the environment, as demonstrated in our partnership with 8th Plate, a food salvage scheme with a mission to turn festival food waste into nutritious meals for people visiting food banks and soup kitchens.  

We’ve also come together with other live events industry specialists to pledge our support to Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision: 2025, an initiative aimed at reducing festival impacts by 50% by 2025, in line with government targets. Festival Vision: 2025 will provide free-to-use and practical sustainability resources for caterers, including a second edition of the environment report, The Show Must Go On. You can get involved in the crowdfunder page here.

How you can help
There are many ways to reduce the impact that your business is having on the environment. Caterers looking to make the first steps in helping the environment can start by changing their packaging to bio-degradable alternatives, such as Biopac’s plastic free range. Signing up to food salvage schemes such as 8th Plate will also help us to save food that would otherwise go to landfill and use it to feed the most vulnerable members of our society.

If you want to learn how to run a catering business that is protecting the environment whilst increasing profits, our Sustainability Training is the perfect solution. 

Covering a variety of areas that are crucial to ensuring sustainability, including sourcing seasonal produce, menu planning, Fairtrade and social responsibility, the course will enable your business to function responsibly in an everchanging industry and take care of the planet for generations to come.

To purchase the course or for more information, visit the NCASS website or call 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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