We are delighted to announce our recent partnership with the UK’s only trade association for mobile caterers and street food traders, NCASS!
The National Caterers Association, ‘NCASS’ provide caterers with the expert advice and systems to help them trade legally, safely & more profitably throughout the UK & Ireland.
These are three factors Trailblazer BBQ also regard very important, ensuring we are providing the market with safe, highly profitable BBQ/Grill trailers that fully comply with legislation.
We caught up with Amy from NCASS for a bit of background info & how NCASS can help mobile caterers….
What are some of the benefits NCASS could bring to Trailblazer BBQ caterers across the UK?
“We want you to save time on paperwork and documents so that you can spend more time doing what you love.
Joining NCASS means you can speak to your Account Manager for answers to any questions you have about running your business, no matter what stage you’re at. Even if you just need a chat about how things are going, just give us a call and we’ll be there to listen.
We also want to encourage caterers to become part of the NCASS family so you’ll have the support of a huge community of traders across the country and we can use our numbers to make sure that industry bodies hear the voices of every one of our members.”
Have you any exciting future plans for NCASS?
“We’re always keen to improve and increase the deals and discounts that we offer to our members, as saving our members money is just as important as helping them to make a profit.
As our membership numbers have increased, it has become easier for us to secure exclusive deals with suppliers across the industry, so the bigger our membership base, the better for everyone! We also have a brand new digital due diligence system in the works, which will make food safety, health & safety, financing and staff management more streamlined for owners of every kind of business that join the NCASS Family.”
What would you say to someone thinking of joining the mobile catering industry? Also from your experience, what would you find to be the biggest barrier an outside/mobile caterer has to overcome?
“The advice we give to new starters is to speak to as many people in the industry as you can.
Of course, we’re the best place to start, but reach out to other traders and business owners too, as you’ll really get to know if this is the job for you. Offering to work for an established caterer for a shift or two can also be a great way to figure out if you are suited for the work before you jump in headfirst.
The biggest barrier to becoming a mobile caterer at the moment is finding opportunities to work. The market is very saturated, and there is a great deal of competition for pitches. The best way to combat this is through marketing. We can support business owners with their marketing materials as part of membership and shouting about your business to the right people in the right way can make a great difference to the opportunities available to you, so don’t underestimate a strong brand and website.”
We are excited to see what our partnership with NCASS brings for the future and consider it being a great step forward to help ensure we are able to provide continual improvement & support for our Trailblazer BBQ traders!