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Setting up a catering business from home

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Found 23rd Feb
hi there just wanted a bit of advice on setting up a small catering business from home. idea is selling stuff like samosas pakoras sandwich etc. for people on birthday parties small gatherings etc. looking into it I would need register with look council who would come out and look at my house.

I wanted to know if they allow this type of business or they won't allow a hot foods business and just allow sandwiches baps only to be made at home. is it very complicated to set up get permission for this or don't I need permission just need register it with the council . any other advice and anyone else setup something similar.
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Best way is to get local health authority to visit your home and give you advice before you start. They are the ones who will come and close you down if you don't do things by the book, and quite rightly so. You usually have to have a separate fridge and a set way of doing things. Good news is most home businesses get 5* rating.
You would also need at very least public liability insurance, inform landlord or home insurance for business premises, set up a company or traders licence, and usual self employment hoops.
Is such a bind setting up a business from home. Then when a food business tells that grief at least. As had been suggested environmental health to come and give you some advice. Then when they give you a list of 1000 things that got you need you ask them what needs doing before you start and what can be imposed over an agreed period of time.
You will need 2 sinks, one for utensils and one for handwashing. They will ask you to have 2 refrigerators, one for cooked and one for raw. They will want to see cleaning rotas. Plus mesh or net at the windows. Abbs if you have pets, dogs or cats, that will create problems for you too.

To be honest you would be better off renting a lock up if you could afford it.
Before you get to the food stuff you will need to consider:

Is there anything in your deeds/rental contract/landlords deeds that will prevent you from operating a business from the residential address (covenants, this could be costly to deal with)?

If you have a mortgage, does the mortgage company allow this, failure to notify them could result in them requesting full immediate payment of your mortgage.

Do you need planning permission (for change of use)?

Food stuff:

Insurances such as public liability cover/home insurance

Equipment any additional equipment you may need

Training and certification such as food hygiene certificates may be needed, food safety rating inspections etc (understand the process so when they come to inspect you’ll get a 5, this is available online so if you get a 1 it’ll ruin you).

Self employment registration and VAT (if your intending to trade above the threshold in the 1st year)

Payment system (means of taking payments and bank accounts to hold it in)
You may also be liable to pay business rates as well, rather than council tax.
Dyslexic_Dog2 h, 40 m ago

You may also be liable to pay business rates as well, rather than council …You may also be liable to pay business rates as well, rather than council tax.


I don't think that will be a issue if that's the case even better the rates would be 0 for a small business as it's know here near the new 18k valuation band.
cmdr_elito6 h, 12 m ago

Before you get to the food stuff you will need to consider:Is there …Before you get to the food stuff you will need to consider:Is there anything in your deeds/rental contract/landlords deeds that will prevent you from operating a business from the residential address (covenants, this could be costly to deal with)?If you have a mortgage, does the mortgage company allow this, failure to notify them could result in them requesting full immediate payment of your mortgage.Do you need planning permission (for change of use)?Food stuff:Insurances such as public liability cover/home insuranceEquipment any additional equipment you may needTraining and certification such as food hygiene certificates may be needed, food safety rating inspections etc (understand the process so when they come to inspect you’ll get a 5, this is available online so if you get a 1 it’ll ruin you).Self employment registration and VAT (if your intending to trade above the threshold in the 1st year)Payment system (means of taking payments and bank accounts to hold it in)


Thanks I have considered most of them things the part do I need planning permission is one that I'm not sure and who would i need to find out from. In thinking of emailing the local council and see what they say.
mrty8 h, 33 m ago

Is such a bind setting up a business from home. Then when a food business …Is such a bind setting up a business from home. Then when a food business tells that grief at least. As had been suggested environmental health to come and give you some advice. Then when they give you a list of 1000 things that got you need you ask them what needs doing before you start and what can be imposed over an agreed period of time. You will need 2 sinks, one for utensils and one for handwashing. They will ask you to have 2 refrigerators, one for cooked and one for raw. They will want to see cleaning rotas. Plus mesh or net at the windows. Abbs if you have pets, dogs or cats, that will create problems for you too. To be honest you would be better off renting a lock up if you could afford it.


I want to try from home as have no idea if there's even any demand or it would be busy or not. I'm guessing I would probably get 2-3 orders a week between £30-80 pounds each. If I'm lucky so don't want to rent or buy a premises. To me it seems that would be more complicated and very expensive route to take for a small business. I'm thinking if it does get more orders then I could move to bigger premises later on.
MynameisM1 h, 25 m ago

I don't think that will be a issue if that's the case even better the …I don't think that will be a issue if that's the case even better the rates would be 0 for a small business as it's know here near the new 18k valuation band.


I only mention it because a friend of mine wanted to use his outbuilding for a business and had to have permission from local council, and they stated that if he used the outbuilding purely for business than it would need a change of use and would have to pay business rates.
I know that this is not exactly the same as you intend doing but it's something to consider just in case your local council are a bit strict on this sort of thing.
Either way good luck with any decisions you make and I wish you well with your business venture.
Edited by: "Dyslexic_Dog" 24th Feb
Just go for it. I don't suppose Levi Roots waited until he had three sinks before he started flogging his hot sauce.
The time to start doing things properly is when you've made a few bob.
termite2 h, 3 m ago

Just go for it. I don't suppose Levi Roots waited until he had three sinks …Just go for it. I don't suppose Levi Roots waited until he had three sinks before he started flogging his hot sauce.The time to start doing things properly is when you've made a few bob.


I think levi roots took his to dragons den didn't he. I'm bit older know and don't want risk getting into trouble with the law etc. Of food regulations and also it's not worth it if someone gets good poisoning or fake claims which are rife know a days rather go through the proper process in first place and not try and fix it later with all the regs and council bureaucracy.
MynameisM3 h, 36 m ago

Thanks I have considered most of them things the part do I need planning …Thanks I have considered most of them things the part do I need planning permission is one that I'm not sure and who would i need to find out from. In thinking of emailing the local council and see what they say.


Email/call the council and tell them your intentions and discuss it with them. If your property is residential then it may need changing to mixed use or business.
As others have mentioned contact the council, they will inspect the property, there are a few health and safety questionnaires to fill out I think, should be a lot of info online.
Bigfootpete22 m ago

As others have mentioned contact the council, they will inspect the …As others have mentioned contact the council, they will inspect the property, there are a few health and safety questionnaires to fill out I think, should be a lot of info online.


Found some info online seems quite duanting. Just trying get enough courage to contact the council at moment.
cmdr_elito24th Feb

Email/call the council and tell them your intentions and discuss it with …Email/call the council and tell them your intentions and discuss it with them. If your property is residential then it may need changing to mixed use or business.


This last part is bit concerning for me as am on look out for a bigger house at moment aswell. I was thinking it wouldn't have mattered but seems it probably will be the case. So all those ebay business people run does it all affect them I'm similar way never knew how hard all these rules make it for self employed working from home. As it can affect u in a big way if you sell your has.
MynameisM57 m ago

This last part is bit concerning for me as am on look out for a bigger …This last part is bit concerning for me as am on look out for a bigger house at moment aswell. I was thinking it wouldn't have mattered but seems it probably will be the case. So all those ebay business people run does it all affect them I'm similar way never knew how hard all these rules make it for self employed working from home. As it can affect u in a big way if you sell your has.


Again it depends on planning laws, covenants on the land, any additional local planning laws/bylaws (as some areas have these). Majority of people running eBay businesses hire self storage units and pick and pack stuff in these units, this gets around a lot of the issue. Another option is to buy a larger house with permission to build an office for business use.
MynameisM13 h, 31 m ago

Found some info online seems quite duanting. Just trying get enough …Found some info online seems quite duanting. Just trying get enough courage to contact the council at moment.


It's not that bad, I did some research when I was looking at a new career a few years back but decided not to go ahead.

The council were very helpful, the health and safety things are pretty straight forward, just about cleanliness mainly.
Might be worth looking at the food festivals and farmers markets as well, there was a big one in the local city last weekend, the chap selling samosas and pakoras was doing a roaring trade.
following on from my post a few days ago where I'm considering setting up a catering business from home. after looking into it seems I will need buy new equipment and need change few things in kitchen to accommodate it. so I was thinking would people from all communities buy stuff like Samosas pakoras curries and sandwiches for birthday parties .

what priced would be fair .

looking at all costs involved from raw materials cooking time gas/electric and packing stuff up(didn't know foil containers and sandwich trays where quite expensive).

these are kind of prices I would market them at

samosas medium size 2 for £1.50 these are all hand made.

or smaller size made using a mold 2 for £1.

vegetable pakoras 6-8 in a portion £1.50/chicken £2.30.

chicken curry size foil container no6a. £3.50/4.50 meat curry same size £4.50


rice chicken biryani/ pillau. £4.50

vegetable biryani £ 4.


sweet rice £3.50


sandwiches

tuna/mayo plus few combinations £1.80

chicken fillings £ 1.80.

for a large platter each 2 peice portion charge £1.50.


if these kinds of things were offered would people order them or do they usually just order.from a takeaway mae it at home. I would need say 2/3 days notice fo orders upto £50 value and a bit more. for higher value is that too much too ask in terms of time etc.


what about deposit etc I'm think take about 30% percent upfront so if orders cancelled etc then not too much cost is wasted.
MynameisM6 h, 9 m ago

following on from my post a few days ago where I'm considering setting up …following on from my post a few days ago where I'm considering setting up a catering business from home. after looking into it seems I will need buy new equipment and need change few things in kitchen to accommodate it. so I was thinking would people from all communities buy stuff like Samosas pakoras curries and sandwiches for birthday parties . what priced would be fair .looking at all costs involved from raw materials cooking time gas/electric and packing stuff up(didn't know foil containers and sandwich trays where quite expensive).these are kind of prices I would market them at samosas medium size 2 for £1.50 these are all hand made. or smaller size made using a mold 2 for £1.vegetable pakoras 6-8 in a portion £1.50/chicken £2.30.chicken curry size foil container no6a. £3.50/4.50 meat curry same size £4.50rice chicken biryani/ pillau. £4.50vegetable biryani £ 4.sweet rice £3.50sandwiches tuna/mayo plus few combinations £1.80chicken fillings £ 1.80.for a large platter each 2 peice portion charge £1.50.if these kinds of things were offered would people order them or do they usually just order.from a takeaway mae it at home. I would need say 2/3 days notice fo orders upto £50 value and a bit more. for higher value is that too much too ask in terms of time etc.what about deposit etc I'm think take about 30% percent upfront so if orders cancelled etc then not too much cost is wasted.


How have you arrived at your prices?

I would happily pay for a premium for aapna home style cooking.
As others have said, make the food and try to sell then in Market stalls and other places. Word of mouth and give out
business cards. I know you dont want to make them first without getting the orders but competition is
high especially in London.

In Harrow, we have a Indian vegetarian stall in the shopping centre and its always busy.
If you are lucky, you can get orders to supply restaurants. Good luck.
DKLS28th Feb

How have you arrived at your prices? I would happily pay for a premium for …How have you arrived at your prices? I would happily pay for a premium for aapna home style cooking.


I took cost prices of ingredients added what I think will take me to make the stuff. Thinking about it I forgot add a few important costs insurance for the delivery and fuel so maybe need add a bit more
Not trying to put you off but it sounds like you need to put together a business plan. Do you have a business advice centre nearby who specialise in new start ups?
MynameisM2nd Mar

I took cost prices of ingredients added what I think will take me to make …I took cost prices of ingredients added what I think will take me to make the stuff. Thinking about it I forgot add a few important costs insurance for the delivery and fuel so maybe need add a bit more


Its not uncommon to miss some costs and your time. As Jake mentioned, write up a realistic business plan and see if the idea has legs or not.

A simple pricing policy would be Fixed costs + Variable Costs + Your Profit Margin = Selling Price.
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