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

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


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


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.


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.

Business management

How technology can help businesses in the food industry

Being successful in the food industry is more of a puzzle than ever. Anx Patel of GoKart outlines how technology can help your food sector business grow.

Business Ideas & Planning

How to start a small food production business and succeed

Follow these tips to ensure the success of your food production business.

Productivity Zone

Why food sits at the heart of business culture and productivity

Food doesn't have to only make a difference to business culture, work and productivity levels – it can be the lynchpin, argues Chris Sheppardson.

Business Technology

How 3D printing could improve the future of food

Here, we look at why forward-thinking technologists have hit upon the idea of 3D printing food.


4 tips food businesses can use to increase profit margins

The statistics for success and profitability in the restaurant business are disheartening.  

Partner content

4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

Partner content

It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

Partner content

Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

Partner content

How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience