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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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Latest News

The nations favourite food has been chosen…and some results are hard to swallow

by Sophie Haigh | Read time: 3 minutes | Jun 17, 2019

Britons have taken to social media to debate the results of a YouGov survey, which saw Yorkshire pudding and fish and chips top the charts of a ‘favourite British cuisine’ poll after receiving over 80% of the votes. Scotch eggs and black pudding meanwhile sat at the bottom of the table.

The survey, carried out in a bid to prove that Brits are still very much in love with their national cuisine, revealed that 91% of Britons enjoy the traditional grub of their homeland, despite the criticism that our beige concoction of national dishes often receive from our neighbours over on the continent.

The full English, bacon sarnie, and most surprisingly, crumpet, were positioned in the ‘God Tier,’ receiving the highest accolade that one could bestow on a dish. In addition, winter warmers including bangers and mash, cottage pie and shepherd’s pie sat comfortably in the Top Tier category with 70-79% of the votes.

Controversially, haggis and black pudding feature in the ‘Crap Tier,’ with under 50% of the votes – a surprising verdict given how tasty these culinary delights are!

Jellied Eeels on the other hand, a staple food of East London was only enjoyed by a mere 6% of those surveyed, a result that American actor, Will Smith, will welcome after begrudgingly sampling the British delicacy earlier in the year in an episode of ‘Snack Wars.’

The results also found that men are significantly more likely than women to enjoy steak and kidney pudding (63% versus 47%), black pudding (56% versus 62%) and steak and kidney pie (58% versus 40%). Women however specified a higher appreciation of Sunday dinner staple cauliflower cheese (76% versus 62%).

Unsurprisingly, scones and Victoria sponge made the ‘God Tier’ in the sweet options, with hot cross buns, sticky toffee pudding, Eton mess and Bakewell tart hitting the top tier. Another blow was delivered to the Scots following the haggis debacle as deep-fried Mars bars were rated the lowest of the low in the puddings category.

Despite the heated discussions that have been had online surrounding the league table, it’s positive to learn that there is still a big market for British home comforts. We’ve witnessed firsthand the surge in popularity that the food of Blighty has enjoyed over the past few years, with classics such as the chip butty, cheese on toast, fish and chips, beef brisket and sandwiches undergoing successful reinventions by caterers adamant on reigniting a passion for the food so many of us grew up with in Britain. Happily for us, British food is back in business and here to stay!

If you’re thinking of setting up in the street food business and want more advice on which cuisine to serve, the NCASS team are on hand to help. For more information, call our friendly team on 0121 603 2524.



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