Advice for new businesses

If you are starting up a new food business or taking over an existing one, you must register with the food and safety team (see contacts section of this page).

If you are starting up a new food business, we suggest that you discuss your plans with the food and safety team so there is a chance to sort out any problems before you start trading. We are happy to talk through your proposals; however, although officers can give general advice, food business operators may need to employ a specialist to give detailed assistance concerning food safety. 

You can find more advice for new food businesses in the Food Standards Agency booklet 'Starting up - your first steps to running a catering business' (see downloads section of this page).

The Food Standards Agency website provides details of a suggested system for small catering businesses called Safer Food Better Business This link will take you to an external website... . This management system can be downloaded from the website, or you can order a free information pack by calling 0845 606 0667. This pack will help you:

  • comply with the regulations
  • show you how to make and display food safely
  • protect your business's reputation
  • improve your business.

Information about food standards for businesses can also be found on the Oxfordshire Trading Standards website Oxfordshire County Council This link will take you to an external website... and in the Food Standards Agency leaflet 'Food hygiene: a guide for businesses' (see downloads section of this page).

To register your new business please go to the Premises Registration page.

For further help contact Food & Safety using our online advice form or see contacts section of this page.

 

Last reviewed: 28 - 06 - 2016

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