Own a Number of Catering Vans and Employ People to Work for the Business?

by Graham
(South West England)

Hi, I work full time so don't have many spare hours in the day and was looking into the mobile catering trade..

quick questions:

1)Is it possible to park up and trade from public property e.g a parking space on a beachfront(even if i paid to park)?

2)Would it be possible to purchase several mobile catering vans under a business name and employ a number of people to operate/ staff these whilst the profits go towards the business.

3) If yes, would I need a staff member for each van to hold a food hygiene licence and sales licence ect? or would the main company licences under my name be sufficient (these mobile catering vans will be at several different locations and not in a permanent or fixed spot)?

Thank you for your help

Graham

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Apr 18, 2012
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Mobile Catering Questions
by: David

Hi Graham,

Here are you questions – with the answers below:

1) is it possible to park up and trade from public property e.g. a parking space on a beachfront (even if I paid to park)? This will probably not be possible unless you get permission for the land owner and the local council.

As for parking on a paid meter, or space this is probably also not allowed, but you can check to find out. If it’s a piece of land of private land with a car park, you will need to contact the landlord to find out.

2)Would it be possible to purchase several mobile catering vans under a business name and employ a number of people to operate/ staff these whilst the profits go towards the business.

You could set up a business and do this if you wanted to. You will be liable for all tax/national insurance contributions

3) If yes, would I need a staff member for each van to hold a food hygiene licence and sales licence ect? Or would the main company licences under my name be sufficient (these mobile catering vans will be at several different locations and not in a permanent or fixed spot)?

Each person who will be working on each of the catering vans (who will be in contact with food) will need to pass a food and hygiene test and then get their certificate.

Hope this help,
Best of luck
David


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