Starting an Ice Cream Van
- Price: £5.99
- Published: April 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Ice cream vans sell a range of soft ice creams, lollies, soft drinks, sweets, crisps and chocolate from street trading 'pitches' located in town centres, at tourist attractions, outside schools and colleges, beside popular beaches and at a range of outdoor events. Many proprietors also offer their ice cream vans for hire for parties, corporate or sports events and weddings.
Ice cream van proprietors must apply for a street trading licence from the local authority in the area where they are intending to operate their business. Separate permission may be required to trade from pitches in specific locations, such as town centres and visitor attractions, and there are high levels of competition for pitches in the most popular locations. Many ice cream vans also trade along specific local routes or 'rounds', which may make it difficult for a new entrant to become established in areas where several competitors already operate.
Ice cream van proprietors must comply with a range of strict food safety and hygiene regulations.
This profile provides information about starting up and running an ice cream van. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.