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Street Food goes Click & Collect

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Caterer Spotlight: Pizzacraft UK

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Social Spotlight


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FEATURED CONTENT






COVID -19 Compliance

 

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Coronavirus Updates

The latest on Coronavirus



Compliancy and Resources






COVID -19 Compliance

We've created a set of documents to ensure you are trading compliantly during the Coronavirus outbreak


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Response Pack

Published - 16/03/2020

As a result of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK, we are working to find the best possible solutions, support and guidance for you and your business.


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Coronavirus & COVID-19 Special Measures Policy

Published - 20/03/2020

We have put together a policy for you to use to share updated practices and procedures.

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Your business and COVID19





BioPak’s Do’s and Don’ts of Delivery and Takeaway

Published - 29/05/2020

BioPak’s vision is a world without waste, that’s why we design packaging for the circular economy.

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Street Food goes Click & Collect

Published - 29/05/2020

Last weekend saw the formal launch of Digbeth Diner Click and Collect service; a concept developed with NCASS to enable food businesses to trade safely during Covid-19.







Let's talk loneliness

Published - 24/04/2020

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote this article on the many ways we can seek to nurture our mental wellbeing at this difficult time.

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From street to sofa: The food businesses driving demand for deliverys

Published - 14/05/2020

At the end of last week (7th May 2020) we published a new guidance document for NCASS members thinking about changing their business model and pivoting towards delivery and /or takeaway services.

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Initial plans drawn up to ease lockdown restrictions & re-open businesses

Published - 06/05/2020

Seven government documents were drawn up by cabinet office minister Michael Gove and business secretary Alok Sharma this week revealing guidance on how businesses could gradually re-open in the coming weeks and return people to work.

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High street to be protected from aggressive rent

Published - 27/04/2020

Shops and other companies under strain asked to pay what they can as they continue to struggle amidst coronavirus

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Mental health and coronavirus

Published - 07/04/2020

Last summer we wrote on article on managing mental health in your business; needless to say, the landscape of the industry today is quite different to what it was in July 2019.

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Pilot scheme from Giles Insurance could provide delivery solution

Published - 22/04/2020

Mobile caterers looking to pivot their business to a delivery model could now receive further insurance protection if using their own car or van to drop off food or goods to customers.

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Street Trading During Covid 19 Licensing

Published - 07/04/2020

We have been asked to provide evidence that mobile businesses are not able to continue trading as takeaways – as restaurants are, because of street trading regulations. Or that the regulations are not currently suitable for those with licences or without.

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Updates to JRS see more benefit from scheme.

Published - 16/04/2020

Employees can now be furloughed by their employer if they were employed and on the PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020.

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Mind the gap

Published - 17/04/2020

According to analysis by the Resolution Foundation, more than nine million workers are expected to be furloughed under the government’s job retention scheme (JRS), with “50% of companies putting most of their staff into the scheme.”

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Cheese Bar founder launches campaign to support Britain’s dairy industry

Published - 29/05/2020

The Cheese Bar and The Cheese Truck founder Matthew Carver has launched a crowdfund campaign to help purchase and redistribute dairy products that would otherwise end up going to waste.

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The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) looks forward to the 2021 season

Published - 22/05/2020

With the news mostly a bit bleak on the festival scene, The Association of Festival Organisers’ team decided to start early in promoting its member festivals for what is hoped to be a bumper season in 2021.

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Covid-19 Training

Published - 23/04/2020

Adhering to strict food and hygiene standards has never been more crucial.

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Silver linings

Published - 27/04/2020

We don’t need to tell any of you what an incredibly difficult time this has been for our industry.

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Online Ordering

Published - 22/03/2020

What you need to know about using an online
ordering service

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Coronavirus Job Retention scheme – FAQ

Published - 27/03/2020

Is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers for at least three months starting from 1st March 2020.








Self Employed Income Support Scheme - FAQ


Published - 27/03/2020

Here we’ve put together a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions since the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced his Income Support Scheme for the self-employed yesterday, 26th March.

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Survival Strategy

Published - 22/03/2020

You have to adapt, we're confident you can do it.
This article discusses things to consider...

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NCASS Opening Hours

Published - 18/03/2020

In light of the current situation, we are taking the safety of our staff seriously and will be implementing a work from home strategy by 22nd March 2020.


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Pitch fees and cancellations

Published - 16/03/2020

The mobile catering sector, so reliant on the summer season, has been understandably concerned about money already invested and the prospects for the year.


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Can I run a food delivery service

Published - 24/03/2020

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23/3/2020 that much of the UK adhere to self-isolation protocols as a matter of law, many have been left wondering whether they can continue to operate their businesses.

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Insurance
advice

Published - 16/03/2020

With regards to insurance, a caterer’s liability insurance does not cover event cancellation.


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Support our sector






Social Spotlight

Published - 29/05/2020

We've been really inspired by all the innovative ways our members are handling lockdown, from delivering meals straight to people's doors, through to obtaining interviews in the press and crowdfunding for those in need.

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Support Our Members

Published - 19/03/2020

letter to government

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Statements from associations

Published - 16/03/2020

On 9th March, The Events Industry Forum (of which we are members) sent a letter to government requesting a meeting to address the potential impact of COVID-19 on our industry.


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Support our Sector: Petition

Published - 23/03/2020

Extend COVID-19 support to mobile and independent hospitality businesses.


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We're still pushing for change

Published - 02/04/2020

Following the announcement of the Self-Employed Income Support measures on 26th March, we felt both encouraged and disappointed by the regulations introduced. 

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Our Latest Statement

Published - 26/03/2020

Our statement regarding the latest measures
for the self employed

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Covid-19 Industry Survey

Published - 17/03/2020

This is an unprecedented time for our industry. The entire hospitality sector is under serious threat which is why we are working closely with 25 other trade associations to lobby the concerns of those working in the food and events industries before government.


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Support our Sector

Published - 19/03/2020

We are determined to do everything possible to enable the independent and mobile food and beverage sector to make it through this unprecedented time and have been working hard to get results for you.


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Government Updates






Latest Government updates


Published - 29/05/2020

The Prime Minister announced in his daily briefing yesterday (28.05.20) that some lockdown restrictions will be lifted in England on 1st June.

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New Government bill supports businesses in difficulty


Published - 22/05/2020

The government have introduced new insolvency legislation, giving companies time to restructure, refinance and keep trading when they might otherwise go out of business because of debts caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Local businesses set to benefit from new to-up grant


Published - 01/05/2020

Certain small businesses that fall outside the scope of the business grant funds scheme can now benefit from a discretionary new fund announced by government.

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BEIS introduce series of webinars


Published - 01/05/2020

Starting next week, The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will host two Coronavirus webinars for business

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Covid-19 Government Support

Published - 22/04/2020

The Government has released further updates on the support you can access for your business if you are self-employed, on progress with grant payments and for those based in Scotland or Wales.

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Chancellor announces ‘bounce back’ loans for small businesses

Published - 27/04/2020

Today 27th April, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak announced a new micro-loan scheme for businesses.

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Updated guidance on takeaway procedures

Published - 27/04/2020

Following collective lobbying of government, particularly Defra and BEIS, regarding the importance of the takeaway sector, the government has updated its guidance on takeaway procedures.

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UK government announces extension to furlough scheme until end of June

Published - 20/04/2020

Businesses shared a sigh of relief when, on Friday 17th April, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that government had been forced to extend its wage-subsidy programme for British workers.

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Government Guidance on working safely during Covid-19;


Published - 13/05/2020

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has put together new guidance for people who work in or run restaurants offering takeaway or delivery services to help them understand how to work safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Vehicle approval test applications open on limited basis

Published - 29/04/2020

A limited number of specialist vehicle approval tests are now taking place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Prime Minister’s Announcement 10/5/2020

Published - 11/05/2020

On Sunday 10th May, Boris John addressed the UK, unveiling a “conditional plan” to reopen society.

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Financial support for businesses during COVID-19 outbreak




Financial support for businesses during COVID-19 outbreak


Published - 26/03/2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: the government will cover up to 80% of an employee’s salary (up to a maximum of £2500 a month)

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Full parental leave entitlement for furloughed workers


Published - 29/03/2020

Furloughed workers needing to take parental or adoption leave will be entitled to pay based on their usual earnings rather than the furloughed pay rate of 80%, the government has announced.

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The Budget 2020

Published - 16/03/2020

The latest budget has just been announced - we’ve pulled out the most relevant changes to your business and detailed them below


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Our latest statement




Our Latest Statement

Published - 20/03/2020

Our statement regarding today's update from the Government.


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Write to your MP

Published - 19/03/2020

Write to your MP using our template. You can access the template and find out who your MP is here


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New self-employed measures

Published - 27/03/2020

Following the Chancellor’s announcement yesterday 26/3/2020 in which he revealed his Self-Employed Income Support Plan, thousands of self-employed people will have breathed a sigh of relief.

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Emergency Budget Update

Published - 18/03/2020

Over £330billion of loans & grants have been announced. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to protect the UK economy from the coronavirus and has announced an unprecedented package of government backed loans & grants worth over £330billion, with more to come.


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NCASS Webinars





Episode #008 - Online Ordering Systems Explained


Published - 26/05/2020

Episode #008 of NCASS Live was all about the benefits of using online ordering platforms, and we caught up with the guys from Slerp, Flipdish and Hungrrr to chat through the benefits of using their services for your food business.

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Episode #006 - Trading Places


Published - 13/05/2020

Yesterday we heard from Mark and Jenny Morris (MBE) about the new NCASS guidance on deliveries, collections and takeaways via our latest webinar

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Webinar #004 - Self Employed Q&A


Published - 27/04/2020

We’re delighted to be welcoming Andrew James of the Catering Accounting Company back into the studio tomorrow for our latest webinar.;

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Webinar #002 - Member Experiences


Published - 09/04/2020

Thank you to everyone who tuned in to webinar #002 Member Experiences with NCASS Director Mark and Matt from Goody Gujarati, Sarah from Full of Chaat and Leigh from Feast.

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Episode #007 - Financial Support Measures: Are they standing the test of time?


Published - 19/05/2020

In Episode #007 of NCASS Live, we chatted to The Catering Accounting Company's Andrew James and NCASS' Dan Fox about the financial measures introduced to support businesses as a result of Coronavirus;

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Episode #005 - Adapting your Business


Published - 06/05/2020

A big thank you to everyone who joined us live from our living rooms yesterday for Episode #005 of NCASS Live - Adapting your Business

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Webinar #003 - Finance Q&A

Published - 20/04/2020

Our next webinar will be take place on Tuesday 21st April at 3pm with NCASS Director, Dan Fox and Andrew James of the Catering Accounting Company. 

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NCASS Live: Intro Webinar - #001


Published - 09/04/2020

We’re excited to share with you that our new webinar series will launch Tuesday 14th April at 3pm. 

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