Local Takeaway Business From Farm

by Rhys


Me and my family live in a village. We own a farm down a lane with lots of private land. I was wondering if it would be possible for me to buy a food trailer and operate it like a take away business but only do delivery and not collection.

The local takeaway to us is very plain and simple and charges very high prices, (£8.50 for a pizza) I was thinking about doing some sort of Mexican food, something different.

My cousin wants to do this with me so there will be two of us involved.

So what I am wanting to know is first of all is this possible to do? If so what do I need to do, who do I need to contact etc? Really interested in what you have to say as I have wanted to do something like this for a while and have a real passion for it.

Thank you

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Apr 09, 2014
Starting Takeaway Business From Farm
by: David

Hello Rhys,

Good to hear from you.

Your idea sounds very interesting. I think the first place of contact should be the local council for more information and to register as a food business.

They will then ask you to contact the planning department who will ask you to submit an application for planning permission. This may be needed as you will be “changing the use” of the land to another use.

Once you get the go-ahead it’s just then a matter of getting your food and hygiene certificate, food vehicles, insurance and stock etc to get up and running. You may also be liable for business rates but should contact your local council.

The hardest part of starting a mobile catering business is finding the pitch, but you have this covered. However before you begin, I would strongly advise you to carry out some market research to make sure that there is a demand for your service in your local village. Ask questions and really find out if this a service that will be in demand.

Also, since you are providing a delivery service you will have to incur extra cost associated with delivery, delivery vehicles, maintenance, insurance etc. As a result do get some figures down to make sure you know exactly what kind of financial investment is needed before you commit.

Best of luck and do let me us know how you get on.


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