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Thinking of

Starting up a Mobile Catering business?

You've come to the right place


First things first...

Don't set yourself up for failure.

As a new business it’s safe to assume Environmental Health officers, Event Organisers and Insurance Providers will consider you a higher risk than experienced catering businesses. Our mission is to raise the bar for the industry and help you trade legally, safely and profitably. If you're just starting out it's critical that you start the right way and make this your ethos too.

Joining the association is a sign that you're serious about running your business the right way. We don't just get you on the right track, we keep you on it. 50% of our members are experienced caterers renewing year after year, with more and more joining via recommendations from other traders, Event Organisers and even Environmental Health Officers.

We're here for you when you're ready to get going. In the meantime you’ll find the answers to most of your questions below. And if you can’t? Give us a call on 0121 603 2524

Here's pretty much everything you need to know...

Starting your catering business - the list

This checklist covers all the stuff you physically need to be able to start up a mobile catering business, and make it profitable in the long run. The bad news? There's a lot of items on this list. The GREAT news? We can provide you with pretty much all of them. > Find out more








What do you need legally

Find out what you need to operate your own mobile catering business safely and legally. It can be daunting, but we're here to help.
> Find out more


What food should you sell?

As Britain has become more cosmopolitan our attitude towards different / interesting food has changed dramatically. There are thousands of different food types you can choose to sell.

> Find out more


Where can I work as a mobile caterer?

You want to run your own catering business but you're not likely to be looking at doing it as a hobby. You need to run it efficiently and make good money from it. Before you can do that you'll need somewhere to work and customers to serve. Let's talk about where you can work and the advantages / disadvantages of your options.
> Find out more


Mentoring for caterers

The good news is you can get up and running with minimal investment but you must do your research and do things the right way.
> Find out more


what type of setup should I run my catering business from?

What type of catering setup are your going to sell your food (or drinks) from? A trailer, van, cart or gazebo? Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide.
> Find out more


What next?

You know what you want to do but the technical and legal aspects are daunting and you're finding it hard to get off the ground confidently. That's what we're here for and we'll hold your hand through it all. You'll have access to everything you need and can get on with enjoying your new catering business knowing it's all taken care of.
> Find out more


Whether you're a newbie or have been in the game for years, partnering with a catering mentor could help you increase your sales up to an additional £2,520 in a single weekend. The various levels of mentoring available are suitable for catering newbies who are daunted by the start-up process, small event traders keen to scale up and long-term traders who aren’t enjoying the returns that they deserve.
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Handy mobile catering start up guides...



Have your say!

Every start-up caterer has worries and concerns. Tell us yours and we’ll tailor our support to help you. Simply take this 1 minute survey.

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Is starting a mobile catering business for you?

Is Mobile Catering for you?

10 Reasons why Starting a Mobile Catering Business...


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Safe, Legal, Profitable

Since things kicked off in 1987 The Nationwide Catering Association (NCASS) have been
shaping the UK mobile catering industry. Our aim is to help make your catering business safe,
legal and profitable.

Membership packages are available to suit all kinds of businesses, so there’s going to
be one that fits your business perfectly. You’ll save save a heap of money, receive more work
opportunities
, have all of your legal documents taken care of, gain instant access to the most
respected training courses in the catering industry and have over 27 years of experience waiting
for you at the end of the phone should you need any advice or support. Plus, as a member you’re
taken under our wing and are protected under our Primary Authority Partnership.



MEMBERSHIP
 
Join the Nationwide Caterers Association for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here



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Glastonbury paves the way for plastic free festivals

by Sophie Haigh | Read Time: 5 minutes | Jul 16, 2019

Glastonbury 2019 took a major step forward in making festivals green. This year, organisers at Worthy Farm banned plastic from being sold at the event and discouraged the use of single-use tents.

The result was that 99.3% of all tents were taken home, setting a new record for the festival and proving that sustainability is a matter we are starting to take seriously in the live events industry. The plastic free initiative was also a huge success, with zero bottles being sold compared to the plus one million plastic drink bottles sold in 2017.

Event organiser, Emily Eavis, commented in the aftermath of the plastic ban, saying: "The most eye-opening part of the weekend for me was not seeing any plastic bottles in the bins or on the ground. I think people are really starting to understand how important it is to treat the land with respect, and to stop living a disposable lifestyle.”

Pete Paphides, a British journalist and broadcaster who has been going to Glastonbury since 1992, said that this was the first year that there wasn’t the “familiar sound of plastic being crushed under feet” and that this really contributed to it being “the best Glastonbury possibly ever.”

The biggest cheer from the audience also came when David Attenborough appeared on the Pyramid stage, praising the festival’s plastic-free drive and thanking the crowd for their contribution. One of the 175,000 festival goers, Adrian Lake, said Sir David had brought a tear to his eye, adding: “He is the voice of the world’s ­creatures and we need to join him in being that voice also.”

The move towards sustainability is overdue in the live events industry. Earlier this year The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) called for a ban on retailers selling single-use tents, whilst urging festival goers to take tents home with them at the end of an event. According to the AIF, the average tent is largely made up of plastic, weighing approximately 3.5kg – the equivalent of 8,750 straws. The positive news is that they also reported in 2018 that 93% of festivals had ditched plastic straws, whilst 40% had banned the sale of drinks in single-use plastic on-site.

Food and drink waste accounts for 23,500 tonnes of waste produced annually at festival sites, so taking steps to reduce and eventually eradicate the amount of plastic packaging being sold goes a long way in helping the planet.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce plastic from your events, get in touch with our team who will be able to recommend sustainable products and manufacturers.


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MEMBERSHIP
 
Join for just
£20.25 p/m

 


 
Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

or to request a call back click here



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