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:


The ingredients you need for a successful food business

Here, chocolate industry guru James Hutchins shares his advice for start-up food businesses.

Setting up a company

How to launch an insect-based food product

Thinking about launching a food company using insects as the star ingredient? You have been pipped to the post by Christine Spliid and her company Gathr.

Business management

The Fish and Chips business: From single outlet to food empire

In this piece, Adrian Tweedale recounts his journey from running a village fish and chip shop to overseeing multiple food outlets.

Business Ideas & Planning

Creating the next big food start-up: Do you have what it takes?

Here, Tom Mercer talks to the owners of two early-stage food businesses about why they started and the hurdles they faced.

Business Ideas & Planning

Why I started a business: Market trader

Kathereen Paterson founded market trading business Dulce Kitchen in 2011 and tells SmallBusiness.co.uk how life for her is different now.

Business management

Starting a food company 

Clippy McKenna started food brand Clippy's Limited in 2008 and now has her jellies, chutneys and relishes stocked in the likes of Asda, Tesco and Harvey Nichols.

Business management

Gem Misa on launching food brand Righteous

Gem Misa started natural food company Righteous in 2009 and turned over £120,000 in 2011. SmallBusiness.co.uk talks to her about funding, marketing and future plans.

Business Ideas & Planning

Jane Asher on starting a business

Jane Asher has starred in movies opposite Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier. She’s written novels and regularly treads the boards in the West End. Despite all that, little could prepare her for the highs and lows of running her own business, Party Cakes.

Finding and selling to customers

Small businesses v supermarkets

Whether it's squeezing suppliers or pricing shops out of business, small businesses are fed-up with the bully-boy tactics of the big supermarkets.

Business management

Taking a slice of the market

Since food writer Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne launched gluten-free bread Genius last year, she's carved out a healthy slice of the market.

Business management

Sweet success: Charlotte and Lynne Fudge

After finishing her degree Charlotte Fudge started mail order biscuits company Biccies with her mum last year.

Finding and selling to customers

Healthy margins for speciality food

Splashing out on organic and home-grown foods is something we have developed a taste for, but with sales of fast food on the rise how are speciality and niche providers finding new ways to stimulate taste buds and be affordable?

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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

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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

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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

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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