Farmer Setting Up Catering Trailer On Own Land

by The Happy Farmer
(Warwickshire)

Hi, I have a small beef and lamb farming business as well as eggs. I have a beautiful little farm situated on a quiet leafy lane in Warwickshire it is a lunchtime cut through as well as a very popular lane for walkers and cyclists and within 4 miles of two large towns, i.e it is a really nice little spot for a quiet lunch.

I intend to open up an area of one of my fields by the lane to make a small parking area and bike rack and two or three nice timber picnic tables and buy a catering trailer to serve my own, dexter beef burgers and saddleback sausages, bacon and eggs, plus good coffee and teas and hot chocolate and ice-cream machine in the summer months. I am sure that over a few months I could build up a very steady trade, especially at weekends and it would be a great diversification for my little farm.

My question is;

On the basis that the land is mine and the business will run from a mobile trailer (i.e) no permanent buildings or infrastructure) what planning permissions, licences etc etc would I need to obtain before I can start this business.

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Sep 21, 2015
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Trading On a Farm
by: David


Hello happy Farmer,

Because you already own the land and don’t need permission to trade from the landlord, the next step is to apply for planning permission and a "change of use" you may also find you’re be liable for business rates.

However the local licensing department will be able to advise you fully. You will also need an up-to-date food and hygiene certificate and to register with the local council 28 days before trading. The usual liability insurance, catering trailer insurance and lpg/electric/pat certificates for any equipment used on the trailer.

The location you’ve described sounds great with a lot to offer local bikers, so to take advantage of this location I would definitely consider having a website created for the business, since this location does not have the advantage of local traffic. This will definitely help get the word out and allow a lot more people find your business.

Wishing you the best of luck and do keep us updated.

David

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