Last updated: 12/10/2020

Food business

A food business could be anything from a cafe or deli, to a restaurant.

Before you get started with your food business, there's some things you need to have in place. You need to:

  • Be registered as a food business (even if you're only selling drinks)
  • Make sure all your staff have a Food Hygiene Level 2 (minimum) qualification
  • Have a robust Food Management System in place
  • Make sure all staff have sufficient demonstrable knowledge of the 14 allergens
  • Contact business rates
  • Contact planning and building control (if you're changing the use of your building)

Self service

We have gathered a wide range of information relevant to your business, some you may already have, some you might need. If you're not sure please get in touch.


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Takes you through best practice with regards to allergens specific to your business.

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Covid 19 business advice and support.

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Understand how inspections work and what not to do during them.

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Takes you through the health and safety requirements specific to your business.

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We can help you with all aspects of your business, such as labelling and more.

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Business Advice
 

Help and advice tailored to your business.

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We can help you with your risk assessments and other fire safety needs.

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Online Training
 

Our online training area has a wide range of courses for you

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We offer a comprehensive pest control service.

Primary Authority

Primary Authority
 

Your business could enter a partnership with us to assure your procedures and processes.

Building Control

Building Control
 

Planning on doing some development work? You'll need to see whether you need building regulation consent.

Weights and Measures

Weights and Measures
 

Trading Standards inspect equipment used to weigh or measure goods sold by businesses.

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Food management system you need in place for your business.

Noise Direct

Noise Direct
 

The Environmental Health NOISE team supports you by offering a range of advice services in respect of noise from your business.

Environmental Consultancy

Environmental Consultancy
 

Land, air and water support for your business

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