Are you starting a food business?

We have some great tips right here for you.

It’s exciting times ahead for your food business.

You have the perfect location, menus are being developed and you have a great team, now time for the part everyone dreads.

Time to get in touch with your local authority!

Contact your local authority regarding starting a food business.

Before opening, get in touch with your local authority. They will be able to help you:

  • determine whether you need to register your food business, or apply for approval
  • to plan your business
  • organise waste and recycling collection
  • get appropriate training and tools

Register your food business.

Registration applies to most types of food businesses, 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 premise, you will need to register all of them. You can register using the food business registration service on GOV.UK.

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.

You should contact your local authority for advice before you start, and if necessary they can provide you with the application form and help you to apply.

Checklist for starting a food business

  • Have you registered your premises?
  • Do the design and construction of your premises meet the legal requirements?
  • Are you aware of the main General Food Law Requirements?
  • Do you keep written records of all the suppliers that provide you with food or any food ingredients?
  • Have you put food safety management procedures in place and are you keeping up-to-date records of these?
  • Do you and your staff understand the principles of good food hygiene?
  • Have you considered health and safety and fire safety arrangements?
  • Have you registered as self-employed?
  • Do you need to register for VAT?
  • Are you keeping records of all your business income and expenses?
  • Are you keeping records of your employees’ pay and do you know how to pay their tax and National Insurance contributions?
  • Do you describe food and drink accurately?
  • Do you need to apply for a licence to sell alcohol, for entertainment, for selling hot food and drink late at night, or selling food on the street?
  • We have some cleaning checklists you can download straight away here:

What else do you need?

That’s a good question, and one I’m very happy to help you with!  I have owned restaurants & worked as a Chef for over 25 years, I have some great tips and advice for you.  Pick up the phone or drop me a line and we can talk all things food & business.

That’s the hard part done, now is the perfect time to get your Food Safety Systems & HACCP sorted, talk to us right here at Food Safe System.

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Last Updated on 12 November 2021 by FoodSafeSystem