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Food Businesses

Whether you are thinking of starting a new food business or taking over an existing one, it is important to get things right from the beginning. The following articles are aimed at those interested in starting or growing food or catering businesses, with advice on financing, registering, safety rules and regulations. Topics covered include finding the right premises, food trucks or mobile vans, trading standards and hygiene, food business ideas, and interviews with foodpreneurs.

Here are some popular articles in this section for those who want to operate a successful food business:

Business Ideas & Planning

Best business ideas for 2024: Third culture cuisine  

Anyone with even a passing interest in the UK’s culinary scene will know that most food trends rise and fall as fast as a soufflé. But third culture cuisine looks set to stay in 2024.

Business management

Three tips on growing your restaurant business

Here, recognised chef Richard Irvine gives some pointers on how to improve your restaurant business.

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Cocoba Chocolate – signature drinking chocolate

Cocoba Chocolate produces a range of chocolate products, including their signature drinking chocolate

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Barenaked Noodles – low carb noodles

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Aye Pickled – gourmet pickles and live cultured ferments

Business Ideas & Planning

How to jump start your food truck business

If you've got a flair for cooking, opening your own food truck business can be a very rewarding and profitable experience, as we reveal in this piece.

Business Technology

Best restaurant booking systems for small businesses

Having a restaurant booking system can help your business run more smoothly and reduce no-shows. Here are ten of the best

Business management

Coronavirus small business diary – James Cadbury, Love Cocoa

James Cadbury was already waiting for new chocolate moulds shipped from China for his Love Cocoa brand when COVID-19 struck. And then lockdown shut 80% of his retail outlets. Here he talks about scrambling to keep up with online orders and receiving the most bizarre phone call of his life

Business management

Coronavirus small business diary – Alessandro Savelli, Pasta Evangelists

When the pandemic hit, artisanal pasta delivery start-up Pasta Evangelists was forced to scale up - and fast

News

Retail SME numbers growing despite economic uncertainty

SMEs registering to sell products to the retail sector is booming despite economic pall, says barcode body

Success stories

Entrepreneur Q&A: ‘I felt the obstacles young brands are challenged with’

We have a chat with Theadora Alexandra, co-founder of Young Foodies, about the challenges of setting up a community for food businesses.

News

British Small Business Awards winners: Pip Murray of Pip & Nut

Our latest British Small Business Awards winner profile is Pip Murray, whose eye-catching peanut butter brand won the Young Business of the Year Award at the 2017 event.

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free