Mary6 months ago

Online catering platform, City Pantry, has raised £300,000 in a seed round led by innovation hub TrueStart.

Watergirl5 months ago

Hello everyone, I have recently started up my own catering company in Belfast specialising in cheesecakes and desserts. I am looking for a commercial kitchen with a commercial grade oven to rent P/T in the Belfast area, preferably Castlereagh area. I would prefer to use during daytime hours, M-Sa, but am willing to consider other options as well. As I am a start up company, my budget is limited but I am willing consider sharing a kitchen with another catering company, a church kitchen, etc. I am insured and hold a food hygiene certificate. If you have any ideas or direction for me, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your time and help! Jesse  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Hi UKBF Members, We have an asset finance arm to our company that specialises in offering Lease Rental to businesses looking to acquire assets such as phone systems, office equipment, refrigeration, garage equipment, catering equipment, etc. (basically most asset types normally found in a business) We are looking for more introductions to businesses (new starts or established) requiring potential asset finance. We pay on successful closure of the deal, so all we require from you is the introduction to the client - we do the rest. Because you are paid on the closure of the lead instead of just supplying the lead, we are able to offer a much better rate of commission, normally 2% of the actual invoice value itself. ie. a £20,000 deal gets you £400 in commission, and so on. So if you are good at generating leads, this gives you the capacity to earn a high level of income to supplement your current activities. Typical deal turnaround times are quick at 7-14 days from introduction to completion, although can be even quicker. Please PM me if interested. Thanks, Al  

Bri19874 months ago

Hi, I am looking for a commercial kitchen space to rent on a temperary basis to prepare food for my small catering business. Does anyone know of anywhere that would be suitable in the west yorkshire area preferably close to Leeds. Thanks  

FordOwner4 months ago

We have a meeting room for hire within our business centre at Tibshelf - just a short drive from the M1, junction 28. Ideal for groups of upto 25 people, the room includes a self-contained kitchen and catering can be provided, if required. Hiring of the room costs £50 for half a day and £80 for a full day (upto 8 hours). Also available to hire by the hour (£15 p/h). Please contact Nick on 01773 590088 / 07970 284848 if you are interested in finding out more.  

Red4 months ago

Robyn Jones talks about the differences between restaurants and catering…

MDG Ltd4 months ago

Come on everyone introduce yourself and your business. Let us know where you are and what you can do for us. (especially if you do anything to do with outside catering or business cards )  

Fireboy4 months ago

Hi Everyone, I thought you might be interested in attending the following event…. Learn how to recession proof your business from Maurice, the Regional director North West for e-Financial-Management a financial outsourcing and insourcing company that provides a wide range of expert financial management solutions on a flexible and scalable basis. This event will focus on ensuring that you employ good financial housekeeping techniques and strategies to emerge from the recession bigger, stronger and more profitable than ever. Maurice is a Chartered Accountant having qualified with Ernst & Young. Prior to joining e-FM as Regional Director North West, Maurice worked as a freelance financial director with growing businesses in the SME sector. His clients span a wide range of business sectors including finance, retail, IT, catering and construction. This event will be held on 26th November from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at The G Casino Bury New Road, 2 Ramsgate Street, Manchester, M8 9SG http://www.stridingout.co.uk/networ...-get-informed-networking-event-6-11-2008.html  

Matchmaker14 months ago

I’m professionally trained as a Chef, with an award in Food Safety in Catering, a Personal Licence, demonstrating a genuine passion for Organic cooking and a conscientious approach to all aspects of kitchen activities and food production.

Fireboy4 months ago

Hello, Welcome to Smith's Catering London. We are one of the oldest catering companies in the Capital, based in the City of London for nearly 30 years. Smith's staff will be happy to create a Halloween theme for your event. Whether you are planning a buffet, canapé reception or BBQ, we'll be pleased to hear from you. Thank you Staff Visit our website - Smiths Catering London  

Pete_W4 months ago

Dave here, based in Bognor regis and MD of the Utility Savings Centre, which provides unique solutions for business owners in the catering, hotel, lesiure and property sectors, designed to help them save money and generate income, in a smart way. I look forward to connecting with fellow members, in what is a busy forum Dave  

petHead4 months ago

Would any hospitality/leisure businesses be interested in being part of a Hospitality, catering and leisure conference/expo which is EXCLUSIVELY for the North East of England and its hospitality businesses, because... Ultimately, that is the plan. Stands are hopefully going to be available for £150-£200 (which is quite cheap in comparison to others) and it will probably take place in Newcastle. What do people think?  

Corrie19994 months ago

Company name: StreetDots Founders: Atholl Milton (41) and Darren Callcott (43) Background: Milton has over 20 years’ experience working for some of the biggest names in catering including Starbucks and Jamie Oliver Group, as well as his own venture – street-food business Bunny Chow. Callcott is a director of CADA Design Group, an international retail, branding and interior design agency whose clients include Westfield and Fortnum & Mason. Based in: London

Matchmaker14 months ago

Hi everyone, My name is Tom and my company is BartendersFetish.com (not as bad as it sounds) which is based in Liverpool and the Wirral. We offer mobile/outdoor bars, cocktail master classes and waiting on services. I have recently put my hand into a restaurant based on Renshaw street, Liverpool (American Bar & Grill). So if there is anything I can help you with such as private staff parties, team building, special occasions and general catering, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Thanks, Tommy  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Hi All Any of you guys involved in the Catering Trade? Pub, Restaurants, Fish & Chips etc? As would love advise on how you currently dispose of your waste cooking oil? As I am looking to purchase as much waste cooking oil as possible! Any advise and info would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks Ray  

Col Minessota4 months ago

oldeagleeye said: ↑ So OK. It's a New Year. Obama will make his inaugural speech today which will generate a lot of goodwill in the world. Lets give the OP the benefit of the doubt then and sum up where he went wrong. Several of you have already done that in your own way. I have summed it up in 4 lines and given an example of how he should have presented his case. It is by no means definitive and just something I knocked out in a few min's. The difference is there to be seen however. Terrible overall presentation. No definition of figures Inconsistent financial needs The reference to ill health when he is a key player. The following perhaps is a more professional presenation. BUSINESS OPORTUNITY I currently run a business refurbishing catering units where I have a found a ready market on E-bay with net pre-tax profits of £65,000 pa over the last 4 years. Quite a respectable income from a 1 man business and I have used the money to establish myself on a sound personal financial footing and was quite happy with the status quo for a while. I do now feel however there is now scope for expansion and that with a modest cash injection of around £10K I could double existing profits with very little extra in operating costs. The business itself for example already operates from 2,000 sq ft of secured workshops with a fixed and modest rent and I would only need I young apprentice whose wages would be mostly covered by government subsidy to increase productivity. Worth a punt then at £10K with the money secured on stock and at a time when (1) The recession and redundancy means that more people than ever will be looking for an income which is easy to move into and mobile catering easily fits that bill. (2) £10K in a bank at less that 2% is hardly a return on capital. I am offering 20% of the companyClick to expand... thats 20000 sqf of space apart from that yes point taken  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Hello All. We have recently set-up a outdoor catering event business - Traditional Jacket Potatoes in the West Midlands aimed at both Events and Weddings. All the necessary baseline requirements in place hygiene cert, website, social media etc, currently focusing on applying for events and advertising via any avenue we can think of... The oven is a Pickwick Victorian trailer LPG Oven which we are struggling to get Gas & PAT tested approval for catering equipment, can anyone recommend someone who can provide cert for both Gas and PAT? Thanks in advance  

FordOwner4 months ago

Hi there, I'm Shane an ex military chef from Newton Abbot and I'd like to say hi to everybody in the area, In October 2015 I started properansum food co catering business and am looking for leads as the market seems very difficult to break into. I would love to network with other people and chat about the benefits of having a good network and possible lead generation ideas. There are a few avenues, which I have in mind to potentially make a lot of dough! (excuse the pun) so please send me a message if you might be interested. Thanks Shane  

Matchmaker14 months ago

Hi all, I'm thinking of starting up a food van in my local town soon and I've been totting up all of the financial costs around starting it up. I was wondering how important catering is for a food van & which is the best company to get in touch with about this? Thanks, Jonny  

Pete_W4 months ago

craigfloatechef said: ↑ Hi all, I run a catering business based in Nottingham providing locally sourced, restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own home with our private dining experiences. And also corporate and event catering. Working directly with our clients, you get exactly what you want allowing for likes, dislikes, allergies etc.. Get in touch for some sample menus and to find out more information, or just Google us - craigfloatechefClick to expand... I see you're from Arnold. I'm not far away - Ilkeston. Technically I'm in Derbyshire but I have a Nottingham area code for my phone number!  

FordOwner4 months ago

I am starting a mobile catering business I have all required licences ect and food hygiene certificates all I need now is a mobile catering unit for sale in the south west area, prefer to be in Somerset. Has anyone got any for sale? Also any ideas on the best place to pitch a Unit…lay-bys seem popular however I cant see them making a descent profit…I was thinking of more events but through re-search this area seem pretty competitive and a lot of out lay? can anyone shed any light on the profitability of events?  

Red4 months ago

Hello We are new to this forum and hope that this is what we need to do to introduce ourselves... We are based in West Yorkshire and have run our own business for the last 14 years and fancy a change of direction The Mrs and I are going into Event Catering and we were wondering if there is anyone else on here who has either done catering at events or who are also currently actively doing it? We don't just want to be another Burger Van...we want to be a little bit different and plans are being looked at to be just that. I have posted on another thread on here regarding vans and fridges for anyone who can offer any help or advice.  

Bri19874 months ago

We have a takeaway in Leicester and are looking for used catering equipment in good condition, and preferably cheap. The most urgent item we need is a griddle (for frying eggs mainly) as ours is dying. If anyone has anything for sale, or knows a company that supplies good, used items, preferably in Leicester, please let me know! Thanks!  

Col Minessota4 months ago

Company name: Minicabster Founders: Brooke Pursey (32) David Buttress (39) Background: Brooke Pursey moved from estate agency to catering, and then property development. David Buttress started at Coca-Cola Enterprises, held senior sales roles, before joining JUST EAT, where he is now group CEO. Based in: Harrow, London

Fireboy4 months ago

Hi all, my name is Valina, I am going to start a catering business soon. I am struggling with the premises, though. All I need is a small kitchen space (I don't even need the equipment) in Nottingham. An agency suggested an office space in a business park, but I think I probably need an extractor ( I will be baking, not cooking) and an A3 use class? I thought about hire a village halls' kitchen, would that be an option? Any thought/idea/suggestion is welcome! thanks  

Gary19964 months ago

Launched in 2014, the start-up allows corporate firms to order catering from local independent food sellers – such as pop-up cafes, delis and street vendors – and have it delivered directly to their office.

Porker4 months ago

Hi, We are a professional catering company based in Nottingham and have been on the market for a while and now it’s a right time to move out from home-based business to our own location. With the amount of bookings we have for this year we would not be able to operate from residential property. At the moment we are looking to lease an industrial unit which can be used as commercial kitchen or either hire/rent an existing commercial kitchen from a private landlord, agency or in any other way. I would appreciate any responses with offers or any information that may be useful to our situation, while I will phone all property agents, other caterers, restaurants, etc. in town. Thanks  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Hi Im currently director of a company which is going in loss. The business rates add up to 7k and the company cant afford to pay.the catering company was always seeing abit of loss but situation got bad over winter months.received first letter for rates in jan 2016.we we were trading since aug 2015.why the council sent the leter so late is a long story. Im currently at the stage where i want to cease trading through this company.no company funds so cant afford the usual IP route to dissolve it.what are my options?FYI i am the landlord of the trading address and i am director of the ltd company under question too.some ppl duggested ds01 form but im not so sure.what should i do because company hasnt got any assets or funds at the moment  

Porker4 months ago

Hi folks, I'm looking for ideas on how to market my catering business as my company seems transparent and I am having no luck with new leads. I have already tried using local advertising & networking to no avail Twitter / Instagram for photos & posts Adwords Facebook page & promos Business cards / banners YouTube videos and leaflets, as well as registering with the numerous freeindex type people, yell etc I can cook a beef Wellington but am really not sure what I am doing wrong. Any help would be marve, thanks Shane  

Red4 months ago

We are a local Health and Safety consultancy based in Devon, covering Exeter, Newton Abbot, Torquay and Plymouth. SAAW was founded by James Webber who as a consultant has over twenty years experience and gained a large portfolio in safety and training which include, PgCert (Risk management), NEBOSH (distinction), CIEH professional training certificate (Credit), GradIOSH and HACCP (ADV). We offer practical and achievable health, safety, training and welfare solutions to suit your organisation. We provide the expertise, guidance and professional resources and will work in partnership with you at all times ensuring that you fully benefit from a team of highly qualified & skilled trainers and consultants. Our trainers hold the "professional training certificate" and are members of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). We not only offer standard training but will also tailor training to suit your individual requirements. Our Safety, Health and Welfare Practitioners have specialised in Retail, catering and manufacturing environments. We offer three level's of a "safety management system" which meet the needs under the HSG65. Just google James Webber SAAW and you will find the website, Thanks James  

Corrie19994 months ago

Hi, I was recently made redundant from a bank in London, and want to do something different. I have found a cafe, which together with a sandwich van, seems to be a good prospect. The asking price is acceptable (perhaps a bit high), but I have seen the management accounts, which point to a good profit over 3 years and increasing. The owner is retiring, and has run the cafe for over 20 years. I have no experience of working in catering Nor of running a business. But on the face of it, I cant imagine it is too difficult. However, the bottom line is that although really excited by the opportunity, I am scared of throwing myself into it. How can I be sure that the asking price is not too high, and that the leases and contracts are ok .. Or for that matter, that the accounts are genuine? I assume if the accounts have been signed off by an accountant, that I should trust these, but is there anywhere I can verify that? Also, the accounts are only management accounts .. Am I able to to ask for more detailed accounts? Will a solicitor do these checks for me? Or is here a 'business advisor', I can gt help from. How long does it take fom making an offer, to owning he business Do I just take the plunge? I have been out of work for 5 months and need to be doing something. I m quite intellignt, but am scared by the learning curve. I am mid 40s and married with 3 school-aged children. All our savings will go into buying the business ... So I cannot make a mistake. Any advice greatly appreciated!  

Gary19964 months ago

Catering

So you’ve finally done it: you’ve decided to set up as your own boss. Your dream of having your own catering business is within reach.

Porker4 months ago

Hi Arrizel, Welcome to the forum How much are you offering to rent their kitchen for? I imagine most small cafe owners would be reluctant because they may see issues with increased energy bills (something small hospitality businesses are often obsessed with) and insurance issues. You could maybe offer to make some of their products while you are catering for your own business which means less work for them. If you are starting off small I really would recommend thinking of some way to use your own kitchen if it is big enough. If you need any help with the online side of your business, we would be happy to give some free advice and get you started with a simple, beautiful and affordable website.  

MDG Ltd4 months ago

To coincide with the opening of this years Business Show in Olympia (see here), we are launching our new regular breakfast networking group at 8am on November 17th in Belushi's on Hammersmith Broadway, just 10 minutes walk (or 4 bus stops) from Olympia. Join us at this new and exciting breakfast networking group every second Thursday and enjoy the opportunity to start your day meeting new and exciting fellow entrepreneurs all of whom could be your next client, supplier, partner or friend! In the heart of Hammersmith, a few yards from both tube stations, it brings local business owners, the self employed, entrepreneurs, trades and service/product supplies together and is the latest in our growing series of regular, relaxed networking events. Agenda Time Activity 08:00 Arrive and networking starts 08:30 60 second introductions 08:50 Local business updates 09:00 Presentation 09:15 1:1 follow ups & more networking 10:00 Breakfast ends (but you can still network!!) Note: The Business Show opens at 10am The morning includes a buffet breakfast, catering for meat eaters and vegetarians alike, with unlimited tea, coffee and juice. Seats must be reserved and paid for in advance (so we can organise the catering) - YBC Premium Members pay £12 and YBC Free & non members pay £15. Location: Belushi's Hammersmith 28 Hammersmith Broadway London W6 7AB To book your seat or for more information, please click here.  

Porker4 months ago

Just sold my catering trailer so now I have the money to move forward with my new project, very exciting day in this house!  

petHead4 months ago

Hi, I am looking for some information, or locations, for renting some kitchen space in the Central Scotland area (Stirling, Glasgow, Edinburgh etc). I am looking to start up a small catering business, and am looking for some space to rent whilst I get started Just looking for initial info on location/prices etc, or even just some info on where I could look to find a space? Many thanks Andrew  

Porker4 months ago

Hello there, I have just started a new event catering company (Proper Ansum) and am on a mission to fill the calendar. Low overheads mean that we can be highly competitive with regards to price and value whilst maintaining a high standard of food, so whether its a fish and chip supper for 30, bacon baps for 100 or a simply a pop up crepe café for your childs party, we are the solution and welcome any enquiries. Thanks  

petHead4 months ago

Hi everyone, as the title says, I am selling my business and have it on Many general business sales sites such as Dalton's. Are any of you aware of a catering or East mids specific sales site? It is quite unusual in being in a country park and making significant profit too! Many thanks!  

Watergirl4 months ago

Hello Everyone, I recently started up a new catering business in Belfast, Northern Ireland, specialising in cheesecake and desserts. I am looking to rent a commercial kitchen with a commercial grade oven P/T in the Belfast area. Would prefer to use during daytime hours, M-Sa, but I am flexible. since I am a start-up company my budget is limited but I am willing to consider a shared kitchen with another business or church, etc. I am insured and hold a food hygiene certificate. If you have any ideas or direction please let me know. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Cheers, Jesse  

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Hi All I am looking for someone with an out-building or maybe a large portacabin type unit in South Wales within or close to a tri-angle between Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth. Its for cleaning and preparing wild food for local restaurants and markets. It needs to be connected to full services. Basic facilities ie sinks cupboards and work tops would be really good if already fitted, along with any other catering equipment. If not fitted then happy to do so with prior agreement with owner. Regards Henry  

Matchmaker13 months ago
This topic has been discussed elsewhere
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