Starting a Food Business


Thinking of starting a food business? Then read on.

Proper planning is essential to the successful start up of any business. This is especially with some food businesses. The Food Standards Agency have issued guidance which can be found here

You are strongly advised to read this guidance. You will need to register your business at least 28 days prior to opening. The form for registering can be completed online here  

If you intend to manufacture meat, fishery or dairy products and supply these foods to other food businesses you may need approval online. You can find out by clicking here

However before you do so you should speak to the food safety team on 01205 314248 or email


Safer Food Better Business

If you are running a food business, you will need to have a written food safety management system. The Food Standards Agency has produced a series of packs designed to help you with this.

Useful links:



Cooling Towers

National Food Hygiene Rating System

Food Complaints

Common Food Complaints