Finding Business Premises
Whether the premises for your catering business are to be open to customers or just a kitchen for outside catering its location is important. Before leasing or purchasing the business premises you must consider carefully if the premises are suitable for your business plans.
Before You Start to TradeAre your commercial premises licensed for the type of catering trade you intend to pursue? Have you notified the environmental health department of your local council that you are starting a catering business?
You must do this within twenty eight days of commencing trading. Speak to your local authority about any other licences you may need before you start trading.
LocationIf your commercial premises are to be open to the public you need to consider whether you will attract passing trade. What about parking? It’s no good having superb premises if your clients cannot park up before visiting you.
If your catering business requires a kitchen and you are working out of commercial premises you still need to know that it is near to where you will be delivery the food. It will be very expensive, both in transportation and staff costs, if you are many miles away from your customer base.
SizeStart as you mean to go on and rent or purchase the right size of business premises. If it is too small you will find that it will hinder your staff and hold back business expansion. There again a too large property can be costly to run both in rent and lighting and heating.
There must be room for staff to change their clothes and for them to use the bathroom and be able to wash themselves. Storage space must be adequate for cold, frozen and fresh items. The building must also be capable of being kept clean.