Supporting our Food Businesses
In this section businesses will find information on how WRS can help support you to trade well and fairly as part of Better Business for All . Please see drop down boxes for range of services we offer.
BBfA is a government led initiative (www.gov.uk) to bring together regulators and business leaders to consider and change how local regulation is delivered and received and remove barriers to growth. Often linked with Local Enterprise Partnerships (Worcestershire LEP) and Growth Hubs (Growth Hub-Business Central).
In 2016 Worcestershire Regulatory Services received the first ever BBfA Award for Innovation for working with Bangladeshi community leaders to provide a series of highly visual courses delivering a tailored programme of food and health and safety training to catering businesses both in the county and further afield.
For those running a food business, whether new or existing, WRS can offer you a food safety advice package to help you achieve a high level of compliance. The charge is £140 + VAT for 2 hours with a written report of recommendations, with an hourly rate of £60 for further work.
You will not receive a food safety inspection from an officer with whom you have worked to develop your business.
Safety Advice for Mobile Food Stalls and Vehicles
This WRS guide provides further information: Food Hygiene and Safety at Food Stalls and Marquees
Outdoor food events are growing in popularity and there are many mobile traders who regularly travel to markets, major shows and music festivals. Many small businesses now choose to attend a range of events both locally and further afield, either by renting a stall or using their own mobile vehicle.
Whether you are a business or an event organiser the above guide will provide you with information on what you need to do to ensure that food and drink served at a market stall, mobile trailer or tented structure in Worcestershire is safe for your customers.
For those who trade outside the county please be aware that other Local Authorities may have additional requirements to be met.
We do not visit all events but a number are checked during the year. Whether to visit is based on the potential risk, particularly size of event, whether it is new or well established and the number of visitors. WRS food officers are happy to work with event organisers pre-event and often call in a list of food and drink providers attending your event.
One Off Events
Small one off events, eg school fetes or fund raising barbecues are likely to be exempt from food registration but we strongly recommend you take the guidance into account to minimise risk of food poisoning. An outbreak of illness would lead to an investigation of how the organisers have controlled food safety. If volunteers are preparing food at home you should be giving advice to help them do it safely.
We can put together tailored packages for your business on food issues including food hygiene, allergens and nutrition. Cost will vary depending on your requirements but our standard day rate is £450 + VAT + expenses for two officers to deliver a training day. Any additional costs will be separately quoted based on an hourly rate of £70.
Please follow this think to more information about Worcestershire Food and Drink Association on our web site.
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