Hospitality and catering

The catering and hospitality industry includes cafés, hotels, restaurants and many more. Our in-depth guides give you all the essentials for starting up and running your own business, including preparing your financial forecasts.  

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Cafe

The eating out market is huge but also very competitive, with many chains that offer a variety of food from different countries competing with independent businesses. Read our practical guide to starting up and running your own café.

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Chinese catering

Chinese food is very popular in the UK and recent years have seen the arrival of restaurants offering regional food such as Sichuan alongside the more established Cantonese. Our guide will help you start up and run your own restaurant.

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Fish and chips

People love eating fish and chips served from the many thousands of takeaway and eat-in fish and chip shops in the UK. Get the essentials for starting up and running your own fish and chip shop from our practical guide.

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Hotel

Hotels and the customers they attract vary hugely depending on their location, the facilities they offer and quality of the accommodation. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own hotel.

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Ice cream parlour

Ice cream is a treat that everyone loves, especially when the weather's hot and sunny. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own ice cream parlour in our practical guide.

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Indian restaurant

Indian food is very popular in the UK, with chicken tikka masala regularly featuring in lists of the nation's favourite meals. Our guide gives you all the essentials for starting up and running your own Indian restaurant.

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Internet cafe

Running an internet cafe could be a success if you offer something special to attract customers, like setting up gaming leagues. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own business in our practical guide.

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Mobile takeaway

Mobile takeaways serve a range of food in different locations, with some catering for festivals and events while others serve the after pub market. Our guide will help you start up and run your own mobile catering business.

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Outside caterer

Outside caterers provide food and drink for events like dinner parties, weddings and conferences at a range of different venues. Check out our practical guide for starting and running your own outside catering business.

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Pizza delivery

Pizza is one of Britain's most popular meals so there could be room for a pizza delivery service in your area. Our easy-to-follow guide will help you to start up and run your own delivery business.

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Public house

Pub numbers have fallen in recent years but there's still demand for pubs that offer great food and well kept beer. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own pub in our practical guide.

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Sandwich bar

Sandwich bars may sell made-to-order sandwiches and pre-packed items, as well as offering a delivery service to local businesses. You'll find all you need to start up and run your own business in our practical guide.