Thinking of Starting a Mobile Catering Business

by Andrea

Start a Mobile Catering Business

Start a Mobile Catering Business


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 business.

However, I would like to be mobile, means I would like to be at three locations over the day, and dont need a pitch.

What does that require? Is it possible to just stop at some certain locations without any permission?

Please tell me more, best Regards Andrea

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Oct 16, 2012
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by: David

This is possible if you have 3 locations to go to each day, for instance when I first started, I set up in one location for the early morning trade and then by 11pm I was off to another spot to prepare for the lunch trade. However I only decided to do this because after the early morning breakfast rush, it would go completely quite and be a waste of my time.

To achieve this you will require the following:

1) Register with your local authority

2) Have an up to date level 2 foods and hygiene certificate

3) Catering Public liability insurance

4) LPG gas and electrical safety certificates for the food vehicle and

5) Finally you will need to get permission to trade (from landowner) for which ever location you want to trade from e.g. station car park, industrial estate, and pub car parks etc.

Unfortunately, you are not really allowed to just turn up and trade at any location you feel like, so it will take a little planning from you if you wish to visit multiple locations throughout the day.

Perhaps a jiffy van business or a sandwich round may be better suited to your needs.

I know that you mentioned that you don’t want a pitch, but bear in mind that a well established pitch over time can lead to a good source of long term income, which may also be sold on at a later date.

So there are some advantages for establishing a long-term pitch, but you need to decide the best route for you.

Anyway, I hope that I’ve answered your question and given you some points to think about

Wishing you the best of luck!

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