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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.
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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?

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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
 
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£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

Caterers challenged to revamp trolley into fully functional street food business

by Sophie Haigh | Jul 24, 2019

Mobile caterers with a keen eye for innovation have been set a challenge; to create the smallest street food vehicle based on the design of a shopping trolley.

Dubbed ‘The Street Food Trolley Challenge,’ the concept is the brainchild of Dolly, the UK’s smallest, most versatile food truck, whose owner launched the exciting competition to get people to ‘use every corner of your imagination.’ The challenge has been described as a mix between MasterChef and Scraphead Challenge.

The competition officially launched on 17th July, with competitors invited to register at www.dollydoes.com/trolleychallenge. In round one of the challenge, competitors will create their chosen design using the plans of the trolley and must take into account the fact that the four wheeled ‘vehicle’ should be able to function as a street food operator – serving up any kind of food or drink. Food hygiene is also a major consideration when designing the trolley vendor.

A group of judges will then pick their favourite designs to go forward to round two, where each competitor will receive a refurbished trolley to develop and run as a street food operation at an exclusive street food event in London in September. Round three will then see the winner being selected and rewarded with a trip to Sweden to attend the European Street Food Awards, as well as £500 in cash.

Dolly's Creative Director, Andrew Mellon, said: “There are three things Dolly is particularly obsessed with. Fantastic food – that always comes first; recycling and refurbishment – she’s a great example of this herself; and trolleys! She has a pair of retro Monarch Airline trolleys that are perfect for so many uses, especially holding her gin. So this competition is something very close to her heart.”

Dolly, a 1986 Dolly model 2CV, was transformed into a state-of-the-art food truck and concept bar in 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 2CV. She now operates as a fully functional, retractable kitchen, incorporating a series of exchangeable units for serving up food and drink, as well as the option to take her doors and wings off to allow her to slip through a double door. She has made appearances at the British Street Food Awards, the Portsmouth Seafood Festival, London Food Tech Week and most recently, served 100 VIPs at L’Etape Tour de France.

Anyone residing in the UK is eligible to participate but must register and complete the first challenge by 6th August. Each trolley will be judged on the following: 

  • Quality and creativity of food
  • Trolley appearance
  • Branding and style
  • Overall idea
  • How well everything works
  • Service Cleanliness and food hygiene
  • Eco-friendliness

If you fancy a challenge and the opportunity to serve up your own menu at the exclusive foodie event in London, click here to register. Good luck!


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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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