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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.
> Find out more


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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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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Are you clued up on ULEZ?

by Sophie Haigh | Jul 31, 2019

In April 2019, the Government introduced the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), a scheme aimed at cutting the carbon footprint of vehicles driving into London. The new legislation means that mobile catering vehicles including cars, vans and minibuses not meeting the standards within the ULEZ, will need to pay a daily charge of £12.50, plus the normal congestion charge rates for travelling into the city centre.

London is the first city in the world to introduce an emission zone that is in force 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week, and drivers not adhering to the emission zone charges will face a hefty fine of £160. Businesses with vehicles that meet the minimum emission standards will be except from any extra charges.

What are the requirements?

Transport for London maintains that:

·         All new diesel vans sold from September 2016 should meet the Euro 6 standard

·         All petrol vans registered with the DVLA from January 2006 meet the Euro 4 standard

·         Petrol cars that meet the ULEZ are generally those first registered with the DVLA after 2005, although cars that meet the standards have been available since 2001

·         Diesel cars that meet the standards are generally those first registered with the DVLA after September 2015

Currently drivers travelling to the City of Westminster and the City are affected, but further rollouts are set to come in to place in 2021 and will include the area within the North Circular and South Circular. Other cities set to introduce ULEZ charges in the coming months include Birmingham, Newcastle, Bath, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Brighton, York, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

In a survey we did earlier in the year, some 50% of caterers responded to say that one of their vehicles will be liable for the ULEZ charge, which could have a significant hinderance on a businesses cash flow. To find out more about how ULEZ charges will affect mobile caterers, make sure to read our latest copy of Catering Quarterly which will land on your doorstep soon. 

How to tell if my vehicle meets standards

NCASS members can check if their vehicle meets ULEZ emission standards using an online tool provided by Transport for London. You can also check which areas fall within the charging zone using this postcode checker.

You may also be eligible for the scrappage scheme that has been introduced to support micro businesses and sole traders. Visit the Transport for London website for more information.

If you have any questions on ULEZ and how you can meet the regulations, call the NCASS 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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