Since lockdown has eased, here at the Food Hygiene Company we’ve received loads of enquiries concerning the need for food hygiene training if you cooking at home and selling your food via social media. So in best Blue Peter fashion, here’s a blog we prepared earlier, last year in fact. It makes for interesting reading:
If you’re thinking of setting up a food business from the comfort of home, there might be more to consider than who’ll be responsible for the washing up… Here’s why a food hygiene training certificate will benefit your new business venture.
Are you thinking of selling homemade food?
So, you’re thinking about setting up your own food business.
Whether you’re a five-star chef, you have an awesome idea for a novelty food product, or you’re just really good at mixing ingredients and perfecting recipes, there are some essential aspects of setting up a food business that you’ll need to know about before you get started. It’s not easy to set up a thriving business after all, but if you make sure your priorities are in good order from the beginning, with a focus on the legal, operational, and food hygiene training requirements as well as the excitement of your new venture, you’ll give yourself a much higher chance of success.
What do I need to do before I set up my food business?
We’re sure you’ve done plenty of research and planning already, but if you’re seriously thinking about setting up a food business, here are some very important things you’ll need to do in advance to make sure you start as you mean to go on: successfully!
- Register your food business
According to the Food Standards Agency, one of the first things you need to do (which should be done at least 28 days before opening) is to register your food business with your local authority. This process is free to do and you will need to register if you plan to sell, store, handle, cook, prepare, or distribute food in any capacity as part of your business.
- Make sure you have the necessary equipment
If you’re preparing food in greater quantities, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to do this with your regular kitchen equipment, particularly when your business starts to take off and you get a larger customer base. It’s a good idea to research and budget for this, so that when the time comes, you have all the necessary equipment to prepare food safely, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
- Research the market
It’s really important to have a solid idea of what else is available, because if you’re investing a lot of time and money into setting up your food business, you need to be aware of the other products and services similar to yours that may be available. It’s not necessarily a bad thing to be offering a product or service that is similar to a competitor’s, but you should be able to give your business a unique selling point to make it a more attractive choice for potential customers.
- Take food hygiene training
Even if it isn’t a legal requirement for you to have food hygiene training, when it comes time for your business to receive its food hygiene rating, inspectors will want to see evidence of your training and systems to ensure a good level of food hygiene is maintained. The easiest and most credible way of making sure your food hygiene knowledge is up to scratch is to take a verifiable food hygiene training course.
What will food hygiene training teach me?
Certain aspects of good hygiene in a food business will be common sense, such as knowing to keep equipment and surfaces clean and to wash your hands regularly to avoid the spread of harmful bacteria.
However, a lot more goes into maintaining a 5 star-rated kitchen than you might think, and really, if you’re not striving towards 5 stars in your food hygiene rating, why are you setting up a food business in the first place? Now, there’s food for thought…
Here are just some examples of what a verifiable food hygiene training course will teach you:
- The importance of personal hygiene and how good or bad personal hygiene can directly impact your business
- How to clean your kitchen effectively, like a professional
- Food hazards and how to prevent them
- Advanced information about food safety that you might not know from domestic food preparation
- Food storage and ideal temperatures for storing certain types of food
- Your legal responsibilities as a business with regards to food hygiene
- The legal requirements of meeting food safety standards
How can I start a food hygiene training course?
The good news is, it’s very simple to start food hygiene training and this aspect of setting up your business won’t break the bank either. In fact, it’s relatively inexpensive (our accredited online food hygiene courses start at just £9.95 plus VAT) and it takes only a couple of hours to complete an online course in full and achieve a verifiable food hygiene certificate.
As you might have guessed, we specialise in delivering food hygiene training here at the Food Hygiene Company, and our team of experts has developed our accredited online courses to be reflective of whichever food environment you work in.
Our Level 1 Food Hygiene Training is suitable for most individuals who work in a food-related role but do not handle or prepare raw food. It’s a great introduction, and you can start the course today by clicking here.
Are you thinking of setting up a catering business? Perhaps your sights are set on selling food instead? Or maybe you want to manufacture food goods directly from your home. Whichever type of food business you’re hoping to establish, we’ve got an accredited course specifically for you.
Please click here to view our Catering, Manufacturing, Retail, and Early Years Level 2 Food Hygiene courses.
Want more information about food hygiene training before you set up your business?
Our friendly customer support team is always happy to talk through your food hygiene training options. Why not give us a call on 01327 552136, email us at email@example.com, or use the live chat feature on this website to speak to us during office hours.
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