Start a Food Business from Home: A Guide

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Introduction With many food businesses closed during the pandemic, lockdown offered an opportunity for many of us to hone our culinary talents. Perhaps you had a moment of realisation, mid-banana bread, that all this food you’ve been making is pretty great and maybe you should look into selling some of it locally. The problem is…

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Food Hygiene Level 2 Quiz

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We’ve created a Food Hygiene Level 2 Quiz as practice for those preparing to take a Level 2 Food Hygiene course. This quiz offers questions influenced by our actual Level 2 Food Hygiene for Catering course. It acts as a great personal barometer regarding whether you’re ready to get your CPD-accredited, verifiable certificate. In this…

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Food Hygiene for Childminders: A Guide

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Introduction – Food Hygiene for Childminders If you work as a childminder from your own home and provide food and drinks to children, you must abide by UK Food Safety requirements. Whilst proper food safety practice is vital for any business providing food to the public, the consequences of poor food hygiene for childminders can…

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Bad Food Hygiene: What Does it Cost?

A sign is stuck on a shop window with a '1' score, signifying bad food hygiene.

If you run a business, you often have to make a decision about the costs and benefits of staff training. We suggest you beware of the dangers of so-called ‘free’ courses, for example, as you tend to get what you pay for. Bad food hygiene practice, however, is always the most costly option. That said,…

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How many Restaurants and Cafes are there in the UK?

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As of 22 September 2021, there are 107,964 restaurants and cafes in the UK that have an active food hygiene rating. This includes all types of restaurant, for example staff canteens. In the last 12 months, there were 10,336 restaurants and cafes opened throughout the country. This averages 861 per month or 28 per day. The impact…

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Food and Social Media

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The impact of social media on a customer’s decision to buy food from your business is huge and, importantly, growing. The internet itself is not necessarily a new platform for food criticism; restaurant review websites are as old as the internet itself. However, more and more people make their consumerism choices based on social media…

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Food Safety Mistakes: What to Avoid and How

This photo shows a piece of soiled fruit, demonstrating one of the basic food safety mistakes, in improper storage.

If you run a food business in the UK, maintaining proper food hygiene should be a priority. Poor food hygiene can risk both your business reputation and the wellbeing of your customers. So, to run a successful food business, you need to avoid rudimentary food safety mistakes and their consequences. Here’s our list of food…

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Food Hygiene Training for Pubs

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If you work in a pub or bar in the United Kingdom, it’s likely that you’ll need a certificate to prove that you understand necessary food hygiene standards. Here’s what you need to know about food hygiene training for pubs. Food hygiene training It is a legal responsibility for everyone who comes into contact with…

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Food Hygiene in Early Years Settings: A Guide

A child drinks milk. Proper food hygiene in early years settings is vital to his safety,

Being conscious of food hygiene in early years settings is part of your legal responsibility regarding children under 5 in your care. Fortunately, proper food hygiene training will help you successfully fulfil this requirement. This responsibility will likely be part of your job description if you are one of the below: Nursery Assistants Childminders Nannies…

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Free Food Hygiene Certificates

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If you handle food at work, it is a legal requirement that you receive food hygiene training to ensure the safety of the general public, your staff and your business reputation. To be on the safe side, many businesses insist that all staff who handle food must have a valid food hygiene training certificate. As…

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