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Not Really a Question Just Want It Off my Chest :( 
Hi all, We started Thai takeaway last June on public layby not doing so good but luckily the Village store just 10 mins walk from where we live allow …

Taking The Dog Along for The ride! 
I'm thinking of buying a tailor-made catering van to serve hot food/ burgers etc on an industrial estate. The design I'm looking at has an 'outside' caged …

I Want To Move Around and Cater 
Hi there, fantastic site by the way, loads of great ideas and tips. My question is; I am planning on opening up a artisan coffee van, been in the specialty …

Establish a Pitch at the End of a Cul-de-sac? 
Hi I have found a fantastic pitch in Leeds City centre, it is at the end of a service road and it has single yellow lines along it's entirety. Would …

Farmer Setting Up Catering Trailer On Own Land  
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 …

Mobile Catering - Pitching on Privately Owned Land? 
Hi, There's a great pitch opportunity local to me, by the entrance of a popular dog walking location, away from main roads. It's down a country lane …

Problem Finding a Catering Pitch in Milton Keynes 
I got myself everything to start my own German themed catering business.Now I have been looking and asking for over a month for a side to place my van …

Which Comes First The Pitch Or The Trailer 
Hi there, I am starting a artisan street catering business and have decided I will invest in a catering trailer as well as work at street food festivals/markets. …

Catering Unit on Private Business Park; Permission from Council? 
Hi David, Have permission from a privately owned Business Park to put a catering unit on site,i know i`d need to inform Environmental Heath but do i …

Catering Liability Insurance 
Hi There, I've just recently purchased a Tuktuk potato van, I'm just a little confused about the insurances required. I know I need public liability …

Local Takeaway Business From Farm 
Hello, 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 …

Set up Mobile Catering Business in Carpark 
There is a local large shopping centre near me that has lots of shops in it but only has 1 café. It has a supermarket inside too but this has no café …

Water Heater Mobile Catering Trailer 
Hello I have purchased a burger van and I have been spending the last 12 months doing it up,ripping everything old out of it and replacing it with new. …

Home Kitchen Inspection Baking From Home 
Hi There , Firstly what an amazing and informative site thank you so much . My question is .... I'm going to buy a Citroen hy catering van and plan …

Catering Van on Industrial Site No Contract  
I have a catering van on an industrial site which I paid £15000 for site and van 10 years ago, the van has been there for 20 years. I have letter to …

Setting up a Piaggio Coffee Van at Car Park Station 
Do you know who I would contact to set up a pitch at a small railway station car park in surrey? Tickets for parking are bought at the station so would …

I Have Bought a Catering Trailer 
I have bought a catering trailer now I am just off to view a suitable vehicle. I did my food hygiene on line over the weekend, so it's all go. What is …

Mobile Catering Pitch Second Pitch Availalbe  
Hi I have just started my own catering trailer in Wiltshire. At the moment we are on an Industrial Estate things are slowly picking up. But there …

How Do I Find Out What Catering Pitches Are Available In London 
Hello my name is Jack and I have just started my own hog roast business. I was wondering if there is a way I can find out what pitches are available in …

Burger Van Pitch Available Holiday Park For 2014-2015 Season 
Hi! We are a privately owned caravan park in Eastchurch Kent. We have 550 units on site but are position means the burger van would be passed by many other …

Is a Mobile Sweet Shop Classed As a Catering Van? 
Hi David, I am planning on setting up a mobile sweet shop to use at weddings, events and festivals etc. Do I have to have any basic food hygiene certificates …

Mobile Catering Site on Britsh Waterways Land. 
Hi, I live by a canal and there is a piece of land adjacent to the canal that I think would be an ideal site for a catering trailer. I have been trying …

Information About Permit And Licenses For Trading With Mobile Catering Van 
Hello my name is Daniela I wish to start my small business with mobile catering van in shepherds bush near to underground or in Hammersmith and Fulham …

Trading in 2 Different Mobile Catering Locations 
I have recently started trading on a retail park. I have all the relevant permits, certs and insurance for this location but it only seems to be a viable …

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B&Q Mobile Catering Lease Questions 
Hi thanks for your guide it has really helped, there's little info anywhere else about mobile catering.I have been in touch with retail concessions and …

Trading from Outside My Home 
Hi David, is it possible for me to trade from the layby/car parking space opposite my home? I own the piece of land in question... I have no neighbours …

Christmas Markets For Mobile Catering 
Hello Firstly, thank you for the site. This is an excellent resource, and is really making me feel more confident about starting out. I've acquired …

Thinking of Starting a Mobile Catering Business 
Hello, This is Andrea. I am currently in Germany, but thinking of moving back to London. A friend of mine and me want to open a mobile catering …

Catering Pitch Space For Mobile Catering 
Hello My name is Jessey i want to start my own business by opening a food take away the only problem I have is I need to find a good spot to open this …

How to Get Permission to Trade Outside a Large Supermarket? 
Hi David, I have been trading on a street in Blaby for over 2 and half years. I worked part time around my children. I have been moved off the pitch …

Who To Ask Catering Pitch in Retail Park Homebase  
I’ve just bought a catering trailer and I can’t find a pitch I’ve been to home base and asked if I can start to rent a pitch and they don’t know anything …

How Hard is Trading in London? 
*Really great site David, you're really a life saver for someone trying to set up in the business!* (I apologise if this question has already been …

Catering Pitch AT Keele University Men's Rugby 
On Saturday 12th May, Keele University Men's rugby will once again be holding the Charity Sevens tournament. There are spaces available for Catering …

Site Permission For Catering Trailer 
Hi I have had permission off a friend to put my catering trailer outside their unit on a trading estate but they rent the land and their building. So do …

Tendering For Pitch At B&Q 
i would like some idea of the daily charges for a mobile catering pitch at b&q and some advice on the tendering process

Mobile Catering Van Events  
Hello I`m thinking to purchase Catering Van and register in my local Council but my idea is to trade during any football games, events, concerts in …

Help Finding a Pitch For My Catering Trailer 
Hi I have a burger trailer and was wondering where can I find a pitch perferably constructional sites with builders any advice anyone please Thanks …

3 Chefs with Weekend Use of Catering Trailer  
I and 2 other chef friends have the use of a fully equipped catering trailer at weekends only and we fancy doing something. Obviously as there are 3 of …

Mobile Catering - Finding Events and a Pitch in Scotland? 
Hi, I bought a trailer in April 2011 and converted this into a coffee trailer (2 group coffee machine etc. My problem is that I am struggling to find …

Market Research for Mobile Catering Business 
Hiya David Im off out tomorrow to do my market research, I have it all ready so I am going to drive around a few industrial estates and see what my …

Not Sure Oerall If I Made the Right Decision Buying Catering Van  
I have been given a list from the council with available pitches but every time I enquire about one of those pitches I've been told "sorry this is been …

Mobile Catering on Pub Pitch  
have a pub on a very busy road with a3 planning, so i can serve hot food to takeaway. Would the a3 planning permission allow me to put a catering trailer …

Asking Around and Phoning for Mobile Catering Pitches 
I have been trawling the internet looking for sites, car boots councils etc to find a site were I can put my trailer as I have a small jacket spud …

Finding Permission to Trade for Mobile Catering Spud Wagon  
We have just bought our spud wagon and we was looking at events in our area for firework displays and the local Christmas lights switch on. Also we …

Approved by Local Council for Mobile Catering 
hi there we’ve been approved by the local council with all the necessities to start up a mobile catering business now all we need is a pitch to start could …

Looking for a Better Mobile Catering Pitch 
Hi there I need some information about mobile catering unit. I have just started catering business by a small burger van in east london but this place …

Setting up an Event Catering Business 
I have been reading your website and email updates with great interest. I am looking at setting up an event catering business starting with small events …

Bought a Burger Van Finding It Hard to Get Started At Events 
Hi My friend and I have bought a burger van this is proving extremely difficult to get started for events. We have been approved by the environmental …

Trading on Council Land - Mobile Catering 
Hi, me and my boyfriend are thinking about buying a burger van and were wandering how much the rent is and who to speak with to get permission? Thanks …

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I’m Wondering How Much the Bigger Events Charge - Mobile Catering 
Hi, I’m wondering how much the bigger events charge? Like the motor racing or air shows things like that. I have got a five 14 foot mobile catering …

How To Find a Pitch to Start Mobile Catering Business 
Hi David I would like to apply for a pitch to start my mobile catering business.But who do I approch, and how to get started. Any help help please. …

Catering Pitch Rents Are £300 to £400 Per Week. 
Hi David, I've done two games inside a league one football stadium. I'm getting between 50 to 150 customers. I've worked out this isn't enough for …

Mobile Catering - Started Trading Inside a Football Stadium  
Hi David I've actually started trading inside a football stadium. Only been there a week so still early days. Just wanted to know whether you had any …

Mobile Catering Strart Up How To Get on to Catering Events 
Hi I am thinking of buying a catering trailer, how would I go about getting into the big events, and what is the procedure, Regards Carol

What questions should one ask when contacting event organizers? 
Hi, I like this site, very educating. My question is that what questions should I ask when contacting event organizers and what information shall I …

Mobile Catering Pitch Fees - £300 To Much? 
Hi David I have been offered a pitch on a small industrial estate which is ideal as it is close to me. The only thing is the rent is £300 a week! Its …

Mobile Catering Outside a Football Stadium 
How would you recommend me getting my mobile catering business outside a football stadium? I'm in the process of purchasing a catering trailer to serve …

Mobile Catering Locations in London - Retail agents, etc 
Hi David, Thank you for answering my previous question on catering insurance costs . We are facing a hurdle in terms of getting the desired location …

Mobile Catering Events - Securing a Catering Pitch 
Thank you for your emails regarding mobile catering. It really does appeal to me but my real concern and it is a big obstacle to me at the moment is securing …

I Want a Pitch For One of My Ice Cream Vans 
I would like to find a pitch for one of my ice cream vans in the Swale/Medway area (KENT)at a Homebase or B&Q site, how do I find the contact details for …

Mobile Catering at Events and Festivals 
Hi David, My business partner and I are setting up a mobile catering business using a catering van as our premises. We are going to mainly try to do …

Mobile Catering Pitch - How To Get Started 
Hi, I am new to catering, but I know outside catering is the perfect business for me, I love cooking and I love working out, and I love driving. I am …

No Contract on Industrial Site For Mobile Catering Business 
Hello David Overwhelmed by info that is freely given what a great site to visit thank you I have been trading on industrial site of an abattoir for …

Mobile Catering Vans Trading On Private Land? 
Can mobile catering vans ply their trade on private land without seeking permission first?

Setting up Personal Mobile Catering Business at a Festival? 
Hey there, I am looking into buying a specialised catering trailer to cater for festivals and events. However I am not aware of the licenses and procedures …

I Want To Take My Mobile Catering Van To Festivals –What licences Do I Need? 
I want to take my burger van to festivals but don't know what kind of licence etc I should need to accomplish this. I know you need food hygiene certificate, …

How Do I Get My Catering Mobile Catering Van In to Shows and Events 
Recently bought a catering van and would like to get on the road to travel around different shows and events how or who can i contact to arrange this.

The Lunch Box - Where To Trade My Catering Van 
Hi, I want to start up my own mobile sandwich business, I have the van fitted out with cool boxes and shelving and I have a supplier. The only thing holding …

Thinking of a Snack Van as Pilot Scheme for Cafe 
Hi David, I own a piece of land which is road side of a busy commuter and tourist route. It is very rural with the nearest towns lying 6 miles away …

Have Mobile Catering Business, Stall and Stock. But How Do I Get a Pitch and What Else Do I Need? 
Hi all I have just been given a burger stall with grill, fryer, tea urn etc. I also have about £200 pounds worth of stock. I am doing my food and health …

Help Tendering ~Please 
Hi David I wrote to you a few mths back, thanks for the prompt reply. Anyway, I really need your help right now as I have tried to seek help from …

Concessions Mobile Catering Trailer Business 
Hi I have now reserved a prime pitch in B&Q. Does it depend on the area and council on whether you need a license to trade or would it be different rules …

Should We Purchase This Food Trailer Business? 
We have been asked if we want to purchase a hot food trailer. It is already on a pitch. Can we get the landlord to assign the licence to us, and what legal …

Catering Business Situated In Conservation Area 
I am completing a Council Planning Application form to trade within a car park situated across the road from where I live during busy summer months (I …

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Taking a Catering Pitch - DIY Stores? 
Hi, Thanks for the inspiring story and for the help you offer others here. I have been offered a permanent pitch in a B&Q DIY store in my city. …

The Possibility of Losing Everything Including My House  
I have been on a pitch for over 8yrs with a contract and have now been told to move off within 2weeks or go to court. With out this snack van I will …

How to Gain Permission To Start Small Business 
Dear Mr.and Madam: My husband and me planning a small business which is selling chinese food in a van .I would like to locate this van in pentland straition …

A Piece of the Festival Catering Market 
I’m 25 and I am a regular festival goer. When at festivals I love all the interesting and different types of caterers, from the little tents with straw …

NON DOMESTIC RATES IMPOSED ON OUR HUMBLE VAN! 
Currently trading in a private car park selling hot & cold snacks (etc) for a few years now.. Suddenly & without warning we receive a non domestic rates …

Catering Pitches for Catering Vans 
this is a fantastic and helpful website.My question is when looking for a pitch, how do we know that we're not treading on someone elses territory. …

We Want to Be Able to Trade at Festivals and Sometimes at the Road Side 
Hi I am looking to start a similar business to the one you described in your story. I am a 25 yr old guy looking to set up my own business with my girlfriend …

Mobile Catering Pitches / Events 
I am starting my business plan for a mobile catering business and need some help...... 1. Who do I contact to get a roadside pitch? 2. How much …

Started a Catering Business, But told to move on Help!! 
I recently set up a burger van business after being made redundant. I did not want to be a jobcentre statistic so took the plunge. It started well …

Need more Info Looking For Venues 
I would like to go and work in the festivals around England with a burger van but I haven't purchased one yet. Could you tell me a good way of getting …

How Much Rent Is Too Much? 
Good Evening I think I've found a nice spot from where to trade. It's in the car park of our local forest. I've spoken to the Forestry Commission …

Waiting for the Local Council Planner  
Hi you have inspired me to take the plunge and i am now waiting for the local council planner to let me know whether i can trade from a lay by off the …

Mobile Catering Pitch - I would like To Trade Legally 
Hi, i have found your site very helpful, but i wanted to ask what would be a reasonable rent if and when i find a suitable pitch for a catering trailer. …

Mobile Catering - Park up at the A1 somewhere ? Wait for Police to Arrest Me  
Hello there mate, it’s a really nice story, and I’ve been looking into this for a few days now. I’ve moved up from London and staying in the north east …

I Myself Work In The Catering Business-But Want To Start Up 
Hi how are you and i hope all is well, anyway having read your story on how you started and achieved your goal regarding your catering bossiness i can …

Do I Have to Pay Rent For My Trading Spot? 
I am interested in starting a mobile catering business. I wanted to know do I have to pay rent on my trading spot. Also since I do not have a mobile …

Is £5000 to Much To Pay For a Catering Pitch 
Firstly, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed reading your story and pass on my congratulations with your success! My sister and I are hoping …

It Stemmed From The V Festival 
Hi,I' m really keen to get into doing what you have been doing! It stemmed from going to V Festival last year and seeing the amount of people buying …

Mobile Catering Pitch Low Sales 
Hello, I have a problem found good catering pitch. We do trading for almost a one year at A21 in Kent. The problem is there is one Burger Van before us …

Paying For A Private Pitch Council Are Also Taking Applications For The Same Place 
I got in touch with my local council a few months ago regarding a pitch which is advertised as available on the council website, they informed me it has …

Have burger wagon...cant find pitch..what happens when parked up illegally? : ( 
Hi we are a couple in late forties we have an 11 year old child, my husband made redundant a week before Christmas. We have never had our own business …

How To Go About Finding Catering Pitches 
We are currently in Norwich on a DIY stores car park. How do you go about finding different pitches? Local council said they can’t help and we have called …

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