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STREET FOOD ALLIANCE

Creating jobs, Supporting Start-ups, Revitalising the cityscape








What is the street food alliance?

It’s an alliance of street food traders, organisers, stakeholders and local council departments, set up with EU funding to develop, promote and support the street food industry in Birmingham and the West Midlands. We aim to use our experiences to develop a toolkit to be published for free online.



Why has it been created?

UK street food has undergone spectacular growth over the last few years; from a handful of businesses in 2010 to around 3,000 businesses in 2016. However, there are simply not enough opportunities for these businesses to trade legally and that’s limiting their potential to grow and flourish. As the trade association for the street food industry NCASS is aware of just how difficult it can be for new start-up businesses to find opportunities to trade.



Competitions!

Do you dream of running your own street food business?



The West Midland's street food alliance is looking for talented chefs and cooks who want to get started in street food. We are running a competition to find the most interesting and talented street chefs in the region. Successful applicants will receive additional business support, access to the investors, work experience with successful traders and more...

To find out more about the competitions select the appropriate image below:




Competition for street food traders to go from a pop-up-to-permanent restaurant, with access to investors, business support and the opportunity to try your concept.


Competition for street food start ups to win business support, access to investors, work experience and the chance to try their concept at the award winning Digbeth Dining Club.





What does Street Food Alliance hope
to achieve?


We have ten major objectives:



To develop a thriving street food
industry within Birmingham over the
next two to three years, capable of
supporting up to 150 street food
businesses, including 100 new startups
which will be developed and
supported over the period.

• To assist up to 30 current local street
food businesses to make the leap
from street food into bricks and mortar
establishments in Birmingham within
the next three years.

• To add to and support the cultural
capital, boost tourism and encourage
inward investment to the city with a successful and vibrant street food.

• To work with the council to redevelop and
regenerate areas and spaces within the city on
a temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent basis.



• To support a vibrant night time
economy within the city, reducing antisocial
behaviour and ‘reclaiming public
spaces’ for the community.

• To support existing retail and business
activities, increasing footfall and dwell time
in the city centre and town centres within the
city’s suburbs.

• To rejuvenate, re-energise and disrupt the food offering in the city.

• To increase council revenue while creating
jobs and supporting entrepreneurship and
innovation in street trading and at markets.

• To foster a greater culture of eating out within
the city by creating fun, safe, healthy and
vibrant street food alternatives.

• To put Birmingham at the heart of the fast
developing European street food industry.




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Number of food fines double since enforcement of new hygiene regulations

by Sophie Haigh | Read Time: 3 Minutes | Jun 05, 2019

The number of fines handed out to food firms has more than doubled since new safety and hygiene regulations were introduced, according to insurance consultancy NFU Mutual.

The Sentencing Council issued 130 fines in 2016 – the year the Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences guideline for England and Wales came into force. Just 60 fines were issued in 2013 in comparison.

Some of the failures in basic food hygiene include staff at one takeaway handling raw meat before moving on to touch cooked food, allowing frozen food to defrost at room temperature, as well as using the same cooking utensils for raw and ready-to-eat foods.

The cost of fines have also risen as a consequence, with the average figure up from £2,200 to £7,100 when comparing 10 months pre-guideline with 10 months post-guideline.

Darren Seward, food & drink sector specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “The vast majority of businesses work incredibly hard to meet their hygiene and safety obligation and the irresponsible businesses are being held more accountable for poor conduct.

“Managers have a duty to put hygiene and safety at the heart of the company’s values to prevent getting into a serious situation in the first place, and damage as a result of hygiene issues reach much further than a fine.

“Most importantly, innocent lives could be put at serious risk of harm. Getting it right takes work, but there is no excuse in the eyes of the law, or indeed the public.”

Despite the long list of rules and regulations, maintaining high standards of safety and hygiene when handling food can become second nature to an individual or business if the right training is deployed. NCASS offers City & Guilds accredited hygiene and health and safety courses to companies and individuals working in the food industry.

From basic hygiene training for staff working within an environment handing food, through to more in-depth training for chefs, our training courses can be completed online and are suited to a diverse range of businesses working in direct or non-direct contact with food, including mobile caters, restaurants, schools, care homes and councils.

For more information on our food hygiene training, click here or speak to the team on 0121 603 2514.


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