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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.
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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 Mobile Catering for you?

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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

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Latest News

Calls for food hygiene ratings to be made visible online

by Sophie Haigh. Read time: 15mins | Jul 18, 2019

Online food delivery service, Just Eat, has become the first to publish food hygiene ratings for every restaurant on its platform.

Customers offering food can now view the latest Food Standard Agency (FSA) hygiene rating at over 30,000 restaurants and takeaways.  The move has been praised by food safety chiefs, who are calling on other food delivery services to follow suit.

The move follows a trial in Northern Ireland where the hygiene ratings for over 600 restaurants were displayed on the Just Eat app and website. A new initiative was also launched earlier in the year by the delivery service called the #1million scheme; aimed at providing training programmes to improve standards in restaurants with ratings of three out of five or less.

FSA chairman, Heather Hancock, said: “I am pleased to see Just Eat taking the lead by making this positive step to publish the food hygiene ratings for businesses on their website.

“Having this transparency allows consumers to consider food safety when choosing to order food online and will help drive up standards across the sector.  I encourage others in the sector to follow suit.”

Displaying food hygiene ratings goes a long way in building customer trust and boosting your chances of a better reputation. Some 70% of consumers recognise the distinctive green and black sticker and according to the FSA, ratings of 3 to 5 are acceptable to consumers; so if your business comes into that category then you must take the opportunity to make it public knowledge. Eight in 10 people questioned by the FSA also responded to say that it is important to know the hygiene rating of a business before they purchase food from them.

Adding your hygiene rating to your website, social media pages and marketing materials will give potential customers added reassurance that you’re doing things right and will give them an extra incentive to ring up and book a table or pop down to your street food stand.

Whilst it’s currently not mandatory in England to display food hygiene ratings, Just Eat found that 93% of people believe it should be made compulsory for businesses to provide online access to hygiene information. The FSA are pushing to make display of ratings a legal requirement in England as it is in Scotland and Wales. If the new law does come in then you’ll need to be ready, but in addition to that, you’ve worked hard for a good rating so make sure and show it off!

To find out more about the benefits of displaying a rating, take a browse at a previous article we did focusing on why it’s so important here. If you’d like to find out more about food hygiene standards and the training on offer at NCASS, give our friendly team a call 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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