Contact Us
 
Basket (0)   View
Forgotten your password?
 
 
News & Blog Find a Caterer For Sale Contact Us
 
 
 
The Nationwide Caterers Association
 
 


Want to be part of a community of independent traders, catering experts and food fanatics? Joining NCASS means you’ll have more than just an ‘I’m a member’ poster. You’ll be at the forefront of industry advancements, ensuring that local authority departments hear the voices of traders before making policy changes. You’ll be consulted on issues such as sustainability, legislation improvements and new event opportunities. You’ll also be part of the NCASS Family, meaning you’ll never be alone if you find yourself in a sticky situation or just need a friendly voice at the end of the line.





As a small business owner, it can be hard to make a significant change to the catering industry. That’s why it makes sense for us to do it for you. At NCASS we represent more than 5200 catering business in front of Government, food safety bodies and the events industry at large.


Key Features

  • NCASS represents caterers across the entire sector.
  • Our primary aim is to make sure that working life gets easier to manage for all independent food businesses, in a safe and legal way.
  • We offer complete transparency about our representation of traders’ voices. You can keep up to date with what we’re doing in Catering Quarterly magazine and in the news section on our website.
  • We consult with the FSA and Government on the impact that potential new legislation would have on our members.
  • You get the opportunity to respond to important surveys so that we can better understand your communal needs. These results help us to formulate strategies and campaigns to go to Government with.

Benefits:

  • Our representation of caterers to Government has led to an increasingly safer outdoor events sector.
  • Decision-making teams are better equipped to make legal or best practice changes based on the effect they would have on independent food businesses.
  • Your opinions will reach the people that matter without you having to leave the house.
  • Traders save money as a result of our lobbying.
  • We are helping create a more sustainable industry, to the potential benefit of every individual catering company out there.

How do I access this?

We send out surveys to all NCASS members via email, to get a better understanding of their wants and needs. When you’re an NCASS member, you’ll receive our regular communication. And as soon as you respond to a survey, we’ll take everything you have to say into consideration.






The best way to secure a pitch at an event is to cooperate and communicate with the event organiser. At NCASS we have a large number of event organisers with whom we are in regular contact and by using the NCASS Connect system, you can allow these organisers to access information about your business when applying for a pitch. Want to go back to the same events year after year? Building a strong relationship with the organiser is crucial.

Key Features

  • Full Due Diligence System and online Risk Assessments to share with event organisers and prove your business is compliant with safety law
  • Access to discounted mobile catering insurance policies, which many event organisers will not even consider your business without
  • Allow organisers to access your legal documents, photos and business bio quickly and easily through NCASS Connect 
  • Advice from your Account Manager if you need support with the design or content of your application pack – the document you send to organisers to advertise your business
  • Information about how to tender for a pitch or how to spot a fraudulent event regularly published in Catering Quarterly and available on the phone to ensure you have the information and tools required to negotiate constructively with an event organiser to secure a pitch and a healthy profit
  • Build a list of contacts in the industry – it’s not what you know, it’s who you know!
  • Become part of a community of caterers who are vastly respected in the events industry due to their affiliation with NCASS

Benefits:

  • Secure more work by showing you are a professional and compliant business owner
  • Increase your chances of securing a repeat contract at an event using the systems and training you have received through NCASS to show how efficiently and compliantly your business runs
  • Increase the likelihood that an organiser will recommend your business to another person setting up an event in the future – it takes away much of the stress for organisers if they already know you are reliable and competent
  • Secure work at events which are open to NCASS-only applications
  • Peace of mind that you can contact NCASS if an issue crops up before, during or after an event and receive support and legal advice if required
  • Knowledge that you will have built a good relationship with the organiser and are able to go to them for further assistance while you are on site

How do I access this?

Members can apply to work at events by logging into NCASS Connect with their personal log in details. You can also give us a call or send an email for support or further advice about standing out from other caterers when you are applying for work.








"NCASS provides a package of support that ensures we feel safe and confident in our work and we are meeting and exceeding standards. This means we can concentrate on making sure our customers have a great experience."
-Vanessa McCulloch










NCASS wholly support all efforts to reduce the impact that the food and events industries have on the environment. From reducing fuel emissions and plastic use, to encouraging the use of sustainable food sources and compostable materials, actions made towards a greener business structure are backed by NCASS approval. We promote sustainable practices to all of our members, and provide advice to traders on how to assess their impact on the environment and reduce the damage that can be caused by their business’ practices.

 

Key Features

  • Sustainability Training course for business owners and managers available at a discounted rate as part of NCASS membership, and covers responsible sourcing, using seasonal produce, planning menus, buying Fairtrade products and more
  • 10% discount on Biopac compostable packaging, plates, cutlery, etc for caterers
  • Energy calculator included in the members’ Control Panel to determine how much energy a trader will use while trading at an event or pitch
  • NCASS set up 8th Plate – an organisation that collects surplus food from traders after festivals and distributes it to food banks
  • Partnership with Powerful Thinking – the campaign that encourages traders and festival goers to calculate the carbon emissions generated when they travel to and from events and make a donation to renewable energy projects to neutralise this pollution
  • Dedicated Account Managers who can support and guide traders to take the right steps towards a sustainable business model

Benefits:

  • Rest assured that your business is making the right changes, be it in terms of plastic waste, surplus food, gas and electricity use or responsible sourcing, to improve the state of the natural environment for everyone
  • Save money on environmentally-friendly supplies with exclusive discounts
  • Save money by gaining practical knowledge about eliminating preventable waste
  • Ensure you have the right supplier for your business by gaining the skills required to assess their product sourcing, packaging use, transport emissions and social responsibility
  • Impress customers and EHOs with your dedication to a sustainable future for the food industry
  • Secure more work from environmentally-conscious event organisers and earn more money as a result

How do I access this?

The Sustainability Training course is available at half price for NCASS members. The Biopac discount can be claimed by calling Biopac and quoting your NCASS membership number. NCASS’ involvement with environmental organisations benefits traders through ongoing improvement to the options available for caterers to find green products and reduce their impact on the environment in the long term. We are always keen to be a voice for traders in the industry to ensure the opinions of independent business owners are heard, and this includes on topics relating to a sustainable future.






As the leading trade association for mobile caterers and street food traders, we make it our top priority to improve the industry for our members. From promoting food safety and developing new systems for documenting compliance, to creating new opportunities for training and encouraging an industry-wide strategy for increasing sustainability, there is no end to NCASS’ involvement in issues that matter.

Key Features

  • Partnered with The Royal Borough of Greenwich & Monmouthshire Council to ensure all information and guidance we supply our members is Primary Authority assured 
  • Started the Street Food Alliances for traders to develop new street food businesses
  • Developed the most respected online training courses for caterers, with triple-accredited certificates (NCASS, Primary Authority and City & Guilds)
  • Launched NCASS Connect to improve communication between traders, event organisers and EHOs
  • Started 8th Plate – the organisation that collects surplus food at the end of festivals to donate to FairShare
  • Worked with British Hospitality Association, FSA and FSS to produce the Acrylamide Guide for Caterers ahead of the change in legislation
  • Worked with UKLPG to develop the Code of Practice 24 – the LPG safety regulations to ensure traders and their customers are not at risk of dangerous gas leaks or explosions
  • Sat on the steering group for Powerful Thinking – the campaign to make the events industry more sustainable
  • Contributed to the Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare for event organisers

Benefits:

  • Become part of a community of food lovers with the same goal – to make the food industry better for everyone involved
  • Have your voice heard on issues that affect how you run your business and how you make a living
  • Become a vital contributor to the reduction of the food industry’s impact on the environment
  • Be the first to hear about improvements to legislation that affect businesses like yours, meaning you can take steps towards compliance at the earliest possible stage
  • Take an active role in making the food industry a more positive and respected industry

How do I access this?

Your NCASS membership ensures you are covered by our Primary Authority Partnership and have access to all support and guidance relating to important issues that affect you. We will provide regular updates on the work we are doing through emails, social media, our website and Catering Quarterly.











We’re a tight-knit bunch in the NCASS office. And when you sign up as a member, you become part of the family too. While we represent more than 5000 catering businesses, our account managers will get to know you and your business on an individual basis and will always look out for your best interests.

Key Features

  • A get-to-know-you chat when you sign up over the phone.
  • 2 touch point calls per year to make sure you’re ok and have everything you need.
  • Regular emails to make sure you’re up to date with what’s happening for the benefit of your business.
  • A nice, warm, face-to-face chat whenever we’re at an event that you’re working.
  • You’ll be part of a unique group of 5000+ caterers who can group together tomake things happen.

Benefits:

  • You’ll get a better night’s sleep knowing that the UK’s only trade association for mobile caterers has got your back.
  • We have your personal best interests at heart and will make sure you have everything we can provide to make working life as easy as possible.
  • Our representation of the catering sector to Government has led to an increasingly safer outdoor events sector.
  • We’ll do everything we can to answer your questions as soon as you ask them, because we care about you and don’t want to keep you waiting.

How do I access this?

Join the family! Simple as that. All NCASS members get the feel-good family treatment from the moment they join the association. Ready to get started? Click here to join online or call 0121 603 2524 for your first experience of our NCASS Family approach.






Using EU funding, NCASS has brought together food traders, organisers, stakeholders, local council departments, property developers and educators to create the West Midlands Street Food Alliance. Together, we share advice and resources to develop, promote and support the local street food industry in the West Midlands. And we’re rolling the idea out across the UK. Soon, we hope that you’ll be able to benefit from a Street Food Alliance, wherever you trade.

Key Features

  • Local street food businesses receive assistance to make the leap from street food into bricks and mortar.
  • Access to an invaluable toolkit for traders.
  • Access to investors and business support.
  • Pop-up opportunities.
  • Pledge from Birmingham City Council to enable up to 100 new street good businesses in Birmingham.

Benefits:

  • The West Midlands street food scene is already blossoming with our help, giving Midlands traders more opportunities to work.
  • The betterment of the scene here has led to better working conditions for traders.
  • Potential for even more opportunities to earn money as our cities go under further regeneration.
  • All the advice and support you need to help you start a Street Food Alliance in a new area.
  • The potential for growth of your own business, off the back of a Street Food Alliance.
  • The opportunity to innovate and put food on the map in your area. You could really make a name for yourself!
  • Better relationships with stakeholders and other local traders.

How do I access this?

Could you set up an alliance in your area to create opportunities for food businesses to grow? Have you approached other traders, stakeholders and land owners to explore the idea of new events or to share your resources to help each other grow? You could be the one to excite stakeholders from different sectors about the possibilities for regional growth that lie within the local food scene.









Did you know that we’ve been working with independent food businesses for more than 30 years? We’ve got a lot of experience to share. And you’ll reap the benefits as soon as you join the association. Your dedicated account manager will be there for you, whenever you need a helping hand or friendly ear. Just pick up the phone and say hello.

> Find out more about our support

It might feel like you’re dealing with a minefield when it comes to complying with catering law. But when you’re an NCASS member, your worries and fears will meet relief and calm. We’ll guide you and give you everything you need – due diligence documentation, risk assessments, policies, training, contracts and more. Bid your stresses farewell and enjoy more me-time.

> Read more about the legal stuff

NCASS membership will save your business literally hundreds of pounds. There’s no need to shell out more for training, legal documents and consultation when you’re an NCASS member. You’ll benefit from exclusive discounts with our trusted suppliers too. Suppose you might call the earning opportunities, special offers and crazy cashback deals the cherry on top.

> Learn more about saving and making money with NCASS


Membership Packages



STANDARD 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP 
£239
or
£20.25
Monthly
PREMIUM 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP 
£329
or
£27.00
Monthly
PREMIUM PLUS 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP 
£549
or
£45.00
Monthly
PRO 
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP 
£1099
or
£91.00
Monthly
 Join OnlineFind out more
 Join OnlineFind out more  Join OnlineFind out more Join OnlineFind out more