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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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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
 
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

New COP24 compliant appliance hose available to buy from NCASS

by Sophie Haigh | Aug 30, 2019

Clesse UK have recently launched a new stainless-steel appliance hose to act as a quick and safe replacement for the existing white polyhose.

We caught up with our very own Equipment Manager, Penny, to discuss the benefits of the hose, which is now available to purchase from ncassequipment.co.uk

COP24 compliant appliance hose

Tell us Penny, what’s so great about the new design?

Well first of all, it’s 100% compliant with COP24 regulations and 100% recyclable, so it’s environmentally friendly. Many older hoses, such as the orange ones and those with jubilee clips, are no longer compliant and wouldn’t be signed off by many gas safe registered engineers these days – this new hose meets all current regulations, so you’ll have nothing to worry about if you have it in your equipment box.

So, it’s new and improved?

Yes! The new design has fixed any issues that users reported on its predecessor; for example, the old hose was heavy to transport and would get damaged easily when packed away – it was particularly bad in that the material would split if it got bent too much. The new hose on the other hand is much lighter, more flexible and is UV sealed to ensure that information such as an engineer code won’t fade away, even when sea air gets on to it.

The major plus point is that it’s very quick and simple to put together thanks to its push fit system. It’s been built to make transporting and assembling easy so you can be up and functioning as soon as possible. It’s essentially the same great system as before but much improved.

What canister is the hose compatible with?

It’s designed for use with the QuickSafe LPG system, which can also be purchased through NCASS Equipment and is our most popular model for mobile, event and street food traders. It’s all very easy to operate which is a blessing when you’re setting up at events and time is of the essence.

How often will I have to replace it?

The life span is estimated at 10 years and the hose comes with a 2-year warranty. The product has been designed to be as durable as possible and is both quick and safe. If there’s no sign of damage or deterioration after the 10-year period then the lifespan can be extended.

How do I get my hands on one?

We are currently selling the hose through NCASS Equipment. Email me at penny@ncass.org.uk or pick up the phone and give me a call on 0121 603 2524 to chat more about anything equipment related.

For more information on NCASS Equipment or to view the equipment available, visit ncassequipment.co.uk


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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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