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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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Brits opting for festivals over summer holidays

by Sophie Haigh | 5 minute read | Jun 14, 2019

‘Brits are choosing festivals over holidays,’ according to new research from Barclaycard.

The cost of holidays rising by 29%, hotter summers in the UK and uncertainties around Brexit are just some of the reasons why a fifth of Brits are choosing to attend more live events this year. Some 32% are seeing a live event as their main summer trip and most importantly, 27% revealed that trying new foods is a main reason to be flocking to muddy fields during the season, placing culinary delights third in a table of the top ten reasons why people attend festivals.

Gone are the days when festival food was just a means to line the stomach. Today, many people are placing as much focus on the food line-up as the music, with street food vendors fast becoming a main attraction at festivals thanks to the abundance of colourful stands and the chance to try new cuisines from across the globe.

The popularity of immersive festivals, whereby attendees can delve into a weekend of music, demonstrations, recreational classes and top-quality food is a key theme for the shift in people’s summer activities. Individuals are becoming less concerned about material things, instead, choosing ‘experiences’ and opportunities for new discoveries.

 Daniel Mathieson, Head of Sponsorship at Barclaycard, commented:

“It’s fascinating to see how live entertainment events have evolved over the past few years. Festivals are no longer just about the music, but about finding opportunities to discover new ways to have fun and make memories, whether that’s taking a yoga class, trying out a new cuisine or seeing a comedian.

“With many events now billed as entertainment hubs offering so much to do and see, it’s not surprising Brits are considering putting off a trip abroad in favour of some festival fun!”

The new findings are a reminder of the contribution that caterers play in giving festival goers the ‘full experience’ when attending events. With summer on the horizon and festival season in full swing, it’s crucial to ensure attention-to-detail when attending events as a caterer. The appearance of your stand, its location and the attitude and knowledge of staff when quizzed about the menu can be the difference between someone returning to you for a second portion, or rather, them warning their group of friends not to try your food.

Being able to demonstrate compliancy is also crucial if you want to prevent disruption to service.

A handy way to get all your relevant paperwork in order is through NCASS Connect, an online hub available to members and non-members, which allows you to get immediate access to legal documentation for any visiting health inspectors.

Other top tips for getting festival ready, include:

  • Making sure that you and your staff have completed all the necessary training in the last three years for the role
  • Sourcing good staff that you can rely on and who are friendly, helpful and have a passion for serving quality food
  • Ensuring you’ve got a contract from the event organiser, listing things such as pitch location, terms and conditions for event location and details of marketing placements
  • Creating a unit that is easy to spot in large crowds. Use boards, music or decorations to draw people over to your stand.

For more information about NCASS Connect, click here or speak to a member of the team on 0121 603 2524.



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