Starting a Catering Service
- Price: £5.99
- Published: July 2015
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- What qualifications and skills are required?
- What are the key market issues and trends?
- What are the main trading issues?
- Further information
Catering services are hired to prepare, cook, deliver and serve food and drink for one-off client events and for regular food service contracts. Typical one-off events include private functions such as wedding receptions, parties, funerals and other social gatherings, as well as corporate events such as conferences and product launches.
Catering services are highly regulated under legislation governing food safety, the supply of alcohol and health and safety. Catering kitchens, where food is stored, prepared and cooked, and delivery vehicles must be registered with the local authority in the area where the caterer's main business premises are located.
This profile provides information about starting up and running a catering service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.