Saturday 2 November 2019

Things to consider when opening a catering business

Whether you are opening a restaurant, cafe or catering business there are a few important things you consider to help ensure your business is successful and runs smoothly whilst providing quality customer service. 

Finding the perfect premises for you food business can be difficult. In fact there are a number of factors to consider when looking for your new business premises. 

Two key things to think about in relation to your business's premises is location and suitability for the type of business you are starting. If you are opening a cafe or restaurant the location can have a big impact positively or negatively on whether it succeeds or not. Looking at the suitability of the premises is equally important as it can impact on the running of the business and the financial cost of refurbishing the premises to suit your business and style. 

Equipment installation and maintenance
Having the correct equipment for your business's needs can help ensure it runs smoothly and efficiently. It is wise to invest in high quality equipment and apparatus as it helps ensure that they last long and it decreases the likelihood of needing repairs. It is also important to ensure that equipment is installed correctly using professional companies.

So that equipment failures do not impact on the running of your business it is important to regularly maintain it with a good cleaning routine and regular maintenance services. Likewise it is always useful to have contact details of repair companies. For example when running a food business you are likely to have a commercial fridge so as to be prepared in the likelihood of it breaking down it wise to have contact details of a reliable and trustworthy company who offers commercial fridge repair

Regulations and licenses
Every catering business in the UK must adhere to a series of legal requirements in order to trade. There are several licences and regulations you may be required to have or follow if you start a catering business.
* Food hygiene certificate - This certificate proves that you are aware of and operate under the appropriate food hygiene and health and safety regulations.
* Food safety risk assessment - based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) principles the revolutionary online risk assessment tool allows business owners to create Food Safety, Health & Safety, COSSH and Fire Safety risk assessments as well as quickly create Employment contracts.
* Food premises approval – If your food business handles meat, fish, egg or dairy products, you must be inspected and approved by your local council. 
* Insurance - public liability insurance is a must to protect you if customers suffer personal injury or property damage because of your business. Public Liability Insurance covers legal expenses or compensation claims and is essential for businesses that interact regularly with customers. It is also a legal requirement for caterers to have Employers' Liability Insurance if they employ one or more staff members. Each day without cover can draw fines of up to £2,500. Employers' liability insurance protects business owners against the cost of compensation claims arising from employee illness or injury which have been sustained as a result of their work.
* PRS for Music license - If you, or anyone else, plays music for customers, visitors or staff, you need legal permission from the relevant copyright owners.
* Alcohol license - if you offer alcohol on the premises you need an alcohol license which is obtained from your local council.   

Contact list of suppliers
To help the business run successfully and smoothly it is helpful to have a list of reliable and trustworthy suppliers. As a food business having a list of great food suppliers is essential. 

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