Advice for mobile food businesses

Street trading consent

All streets within Telford and Wrekin have been designated as consented streets; which means that street trading in any street is prohibited without first obtaining the consent of the Council.

View information about street trading consent


Do not buy a mobile and find a pitch later

The mobile food business is very competitive and we sometimes see situations where hopeful traders have spent lots of hard-earned cash on a good trailer and then realise that finding a site is very difficult. We strongly recommend that you look into the sites you potentially can trade from first.


Trading in another Council's area

Councils have different approaches but most councils restrict mobile trading. Some run a consent scheme, but the fees can be very high. We recommend that you contact the council who cover your proposed site and that you ensure you complete your business research before you commit to expenditure.


Food safety training

We recommend CIEH Level 2 award in food safety catering. If you would like some more food safety training we have a number of food safety training courses that will be able to help you. Please be advised there are other training providers available.

Visit the Telford Business Services website to search for food safety training courses


What to do next

See if you can find a suitable pitch. Prepare your business plan taking as much advice as possible and make sure you consult with planning.

Check you meet food safety requirements before you open, view information about registering your food business with the Public Protection team.

Last updated: 03/03/2021 14:22

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