Useful advice to help you get started …

First things first...

Registering your food business

Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans. You should register your premises with the environmental health service at your local authority at least 28 days before opening – registration is free. If you have more than one premises, you will need to register all of them.

If you plan to manufacture food using products of animal origin such as meat, fish, milk and dairy products and you aren’t exclusively selling the products that you make to the public, then you might need to be approved first by your local authority.


Useful information

Starting up: Your first steps to running a catering business  –  An excellent guide from the Food Standards Agency

Food hygiene ratings – What these are and how they could affect your reputation

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