Starting a Sandwich Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

An independent sandwich shop (or sandwich bar) prepares and serves freshly made sandwiches, wraps, baguettes and salads, usually prepared on the premises, but sometimes purchased pre-packed from other suppliers. Most also serve hot and cold drinks and other snacks such as biscuits, muffins and crisps, and some have a small seating area.

Some sandwich shops also provide catering services, such as sandwich platters for business and private events, and offer a local delivery service for sandwiches ordered online or over the phone.

The UK food-to-go market is highly competitive and independent sandwich shops face increasing competition from national chains dominated by Greggs, Pret A Manger and Subway.

Food business premises such as sandwich shops are subject to significant amounts of legislation relating to registration of premises, food safety and hygiene, food information for consumers, waste disposal, and health and safety in the workplace.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a sandwich shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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