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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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'Meat Free Week'

by Sophie Haigh | Read time: 5 minutes | Jun 18, 2019

What is World Meat Free Week?
June marked the sixth year of Meat Free Week, an initiative to get people thinking and talking about meat consumption and production. The challenge is simple; to give up meat for seven days and raise funds for charities, including Meat Free Monday in the UK, which helps to fund education resources, marketing, research, cooking workshops and special events.

Why does it matter?
In a study carried out by the University of Oxford - the most comprehensive analysis of the food system’s impact on the environment to date, researchers found that beef consumption needs to fall by 90% and be replaced by five times more beans and pulses. Enormous changes to farming are also needed to avoid destroying the planet’s ability to feed the 10 billion people estimated to be living on Earth in a few decades.

Researchers have said that there needs to be a large global shift towards following a flexitarian diet to prevent the global temperature increase from breaching the 2C limit agreed by governments. Livestock are responsible for creating as much greenhouse gas emissions as all the world’s cars, trucks and aeroplanes put together.

Forging a pound of beef is the equivalent of taking one car off the road and it takes 500 gallons of water to grow one pound of chicken meat, an amount that could be used to make five pounds of potatoes or three loaves of bread; in turn creating a smaller carbon footprint but feeding more people. Taking small steps to reduce our meat intake can have a positive impact on the environment and the future of our planet.

How is NCASS involved?
Sustainability has become a hot topic for caterers in the past few years. Festival and street food organisers are increasingly looking towards sustainable ways to feed hundreds of people at events without having too much of a negative impact on the environment. Here at NCASS, we strive to create an industry that protects the environment, as demonstrated in our partnership with 8th Plate, a food salvage scheme with a mission to turn festival food waste into nutritious meals for people visiting food banks and soup kitchens.  

We’ve also come together with other live events industry specialists to pledge our support to Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision: 2025, an initiative aimed at reducing festival impacts by 50% by 2025, in line with government targets. Festival Vision: 2025 will provide free-to-use and practical sustainability resources for caterers, including a second edition of the environment report, The Show Must Go On. You can get involved in the crowdfunder page here.

How you can help
There are many ways to reduce the impact that your business is having on the environment. Caterers looking to make the first steps in helping the environment can start by changing their packaging to bio-degradable alternatives, such as Biopac’s plastic free range. Signing up to food salvage schemes such as 8th Plate will also help us to save food that would otherwise go to landfill and use it to feed the most vulnerable members of our society.

If you want to learn how to run a catering business that is protecting the environment whilst increasing profits, our Sustainability Training is the perfect solution. 

Covering a variety of areas that are crucial to ensuring sustainability, including sourcing seasonal produce, menu planning, Fairtrade and social responsibility, the course will enable your business to function responsibly in an everchanging industry and take care of the planet for generations to come.

To purchase the course or for more information, visit the NCASS website or call 0121 603 2524.



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