Starting a new food business and registration

When you're starting up a new catering business it's very important to get things right at the beginning because it'll make everything much easier for you to run your business well in the future. The Food Standards Agency has pages explaining what you need to consider and also explains what you need to do to register as a food business with the council. If you are regularly organising a food business (even if it is for charity) you will need to register. It is free and you can find out how on the following link:

Starting a food business | Food Standards Agency

Book an advisory visit

Book the chance to have an advisory visit ahead of any unannounced food hygiene inspection. 

Food Standards Agency (FSA) research has shown that customers are becoming more aware of the food hygiene rating scheme and are actively looking for hygiene rating stickers when they're out and about. A better rating means more customers.

What we offer

An advisory visit will include:

  • Advice on your Food Safety Management System,
  • Assessing the current level of compliance for hygiene and structure of your premises
  • Advice on how you can comply with the Regulations ahead of your routine inspection.
  • Provide you with a copy of Safer Food Better Business, if you do not have a copy already.

Book a visit

Call 01925 442587/01925 442588 or email


Food safety inspectionsFee (exc VAT)Fee (inc VAT)
Food Safety Advisory Visit - Existing Business
(maximum 2 hour duration per visit)
Food Safety Advisory Visit - New Business
(maximum 2 hour duration per visit)
Food Safety Inspection - Revisit
(per hour or part thereof over 2 hours duration of initial visit)
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Re-Inspection£182.69£219.23
22 May 2024