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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions - updated 03/05/2018

Orders must be placed by 4pm the day before delivery. Cancellations can only be accepted if made by 5pm the day before delivery Deliveries will be made between 10:00am and 12:30pm unless previously agreed Occasionally due to seasonal variation or availability we may have to substitute certain items with items of a similar or higher value Payment terms are strictly 14 days Late payments will be subject to collection fees and interest as prescribed by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act 2002

In these Terms and Conditions “Trenchers Catering” means Kincaid 1875 Limited t/a Trenchers and “the Client” means the person or company booking the event.


Written quotations are valid for 3 months from the date of quotation and may be subject to change following a site visit or further information gathering. All prices are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate. All quotations contain fixed costs which will not be reduced if the final number of guests is less than originally quoted for.


email confirmation of any event will be taken as acceptance of  Terms and Conditions.

Menu Prices and Numbers

Menu prices quoted by Trenchers are prepared on the basis of specific numbers of guests; and are subject to a minimum of 5 guests. All prices are based on costs prevailing at the time of the quotation and are conditional upon market availability. Prices are subject to variation in the event of changes to numbers of guests.

Confirmation of final numbers must be given not later than 3pm on the  working day prior to the event, after which time any decrease in numbers cannot be accepted and the full charge will be made. Trenchers will notify the Client promptly of any price changes or variations to the quotation.

Final Numbers

Invoices are based on the final numbers confirmed not later than 3pm on the working day before the function, or on the numbers actually catered for, should this be higher. Should the numbers decrease after 3pm the previous day, original figure will be charged for. Should the numbers rise during this time, we reserve the right to charge a re- booking charge.


No Deposite is needed on booking as all bookings are on an invoice basis, with our standard 14 day terms.


If booking is cancelled before 3pm the day before, no charge will be made, however, if the lunch is cancelled on the day of the booking, full invoice amount will be charged.


Final Invoice

The final invoice will be sent the morning of the catering, and is payable within 14 days of the date of issue. Payment may be made by sterling ,cheque or direct bank account transfer, or the worldpay link which can be found on the pdf invoice, Kincaid 1875 Limited reserves the right to charge interest at 8% above base rate per annum or the monthly equivalent on all outstanding balances.

Cheques to be made out to Kincaid 1875 Limited t/a Trenchers or Trenchers.

Loss or Damage

Except in the case of the negligent or wilful conduct of Kincaid 1875 Limited, its employees or agents, Kincaid 1875 Limited accepts no liability for any loss caused by Kincaid 1875 failure to perform its obligations. The Client is responsible for any loss or damage to hired equipment, from the time of delivery until collection by Kincaid 1875 Limited, or its sub contractor, or returned by the Client. Any losses or breakages will be charged to the Client at full replacement cost. The Client should, in his own interest, ensure that all such equipment is insured.


Any complaint shall be made promptly and in any event must be received at ncaid 1875 Limited Catering’s address in writing not more than 7 days from the date of the event concerned.


Any time or date stated by the Company for the delivery or removal of goods required in the provision of services is an estimate only and shall not be an essential term of the contract. Delivery and collection will be attempted to all reasonable areas at the venue or facility. However should the access be restricted or additional time, personnel or facilities required, any additional costs will b passed on to the client.

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The Importance Of Corporate Catering To Your Event - why choose a catering company like Trenchers.

The Importance Of Corporate Catering To Your Event
One of the most important factors that add color to your event is food. This is a natural phenomenon, everybody likes food. The quality, Choice, preparation and presentation of the food you serve in your event can make the event more colorful and memorable. This is why a large part of the planning stage for your event must be dedicated to planning the food you want to serve your guests. Planning, preparing and serving the food for your events can be quite a difficult task and it is best to employ the services of a corporate cateringgroup to help you out with this task.
Some Importance Of Corporate Catering
Professionalism: One of the benefits or importance of corporate catering is that these people are professionals and are experienced in the job. The corporate caterers know how to plan prepare and present the food to suit your event.
Reduces Workload: Planning an event can be very burdensome and would require your attention for many different tasks at a single time. So it is best to delegate some tasks to professionals to help you out. This will reduce the workload and also maximize th effectiveness in handling other tasks.
Better Presentation: one of the benefits of hiring the services of corporate caterers for your event is that they know how best to package and present your food to reflect the goal of your event. The Professional caterers have already been trained in the art of food presentation. So, choosing the best way to present your food to mirror your event is no big deal.
Apart from being trained in the art, preparation, presentation and service of food to suit your event is important and this is what the team at Trenchers Catering Birmingham are known for. So always put you best foot forward when you a going for a corporate catering because they can make or mar your event

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Wedding cakes by Hand made bake!

Did you know that Trenchers has a cake baker that is now taking orders for Wedding cakes? If you are a regular customer of Trenchers, then you will know Piotr, who has been a big part of our business for nearly 10 year.

Piotr is soon to be opening a cake shop in Dudley and will be delivering amazing cakes all over the midlands, including some quite special wedding cakes.

So if you are on  the look out for a cake for that special birthday, or something more elaborate for a wedding cake, then please click on this link to hand-made-bake.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided on a buttercream and elderflower creation made by an East London baker for their wedding in May, what would you like in your wedding cake?

Cakes are priced from just £35, with a three teir weeding cake going from £220.

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Web address's of associated company's

Trenchers Birmingham  - Home of this website, and catering in Birmingham

Hand Made Bake - Dudley - Great Cake Company founded by Trenchers team member Piotr Witkowski.

Kincaid window cleaning service - Lowestoft - cleaning services in east anglia. 

Trenchers home for outside of Birmingham - Order catering for outside of Birmingham Here.

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food in the news this week, featuring plastic waste and bird flu.

The following has been taken from the British sandwich associations news letter.......

Bird Flu: Bird flu detected in the UK for first time this winter

  • Bird Flu was detected amongst 17 birds in Dorset, southwest England, for the first time this winter on 12 January, according to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
  • A “prevention zone” will be set up in the affected area which requires captive bird keepers to take measures to restrict mingling with wild birds.
  • Impact and recommendations: While the government made clear the risk to public health is very low, wide media coverage could still create concerns among consumers.

Plastics: European Commission to tackle plastic waste 

  • The European Commission published on 16 January a European strategy on plastics as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
  • The strategy is an attempt to get companies and consumers to drop their addiction to plastic, with the goal of ensuring all plastic packaging is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
  • The document includes new requirements to design products that are recyclable, and EU-wide quality standards for plastic waste, which can then be more easily plugged back into the production chain. It also encourages producers to use as much recycled material as possible.
  • The Commission also said it will “explore the feasibility of introducing measures of a fiscal nature at the EU level”, such as a plastic tax.
  • Finally, the Commission plans to crack down on single-use plastics like straws, food and drink containers, cutlery and drink bottles.
  • The strategy is open for public consultation until 12 February 2018.
  • Impact and recommendations: The strategy is the first step in a long process before legislative or industry change can be made. The Commission plans to announce a legislative initiative in May targeting single-use plastics, with the goal of having a new law in place by next year.

Sugar & salt: EFSA to look into safe consumption levels for sugar and salt

  • The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published the draft protocol it will use to investigate on whether it is possible to set a safe consumption level for free sugars. The document is open for public consultation until 4 March.
  • This follows a request from five national food agencies (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) to set a maximum daily intake level for added sugar. The draft protocol establishes the types of studies which will be considered in such a process.
  • The EFSA will hold a public meeting in Brussels on 13 February to gather stakeholder views on the document.
  • The Authority has also published the final protocol it will use to determine the relationship between sodium and some harmful health effects.
  • The EFSA’s assessment will focus on the impact on blood pressure, cardiovascular-related endpoints and bone health. The relationship between sodium and health effects including blood lipid profile, glucose tolerance and type-2 diabetes, overweight and obesity, effects on kidneys and gastric cancer will however be excluded because of lack of evidence.
  • The overarching objective of the Authority is to issue dietary reference values for salt for the different segments of the population.

Impact and recommendations: Maximum daily intakes for added sugar and salt could lead to new reformulation requirements.

Nutritional quality: Commission calls for tenders for large-scale nutritional study

  • The European Commission has launched the tender for what will be the first major survey of the nutritional quality of food on sale in EU supermarkets. The aim is to collect nutritional information on processed food products and to look at the feasibility of a proper monitoring system to record levels of salt, sugars and fat.
  • The €1.4 million pilot project will test the monitoring system in place and examine the usefulness, cost and feasibility of further harmonising and standardising of data collection to allow direct comparisons.
  • It will also include targeted workshops on the reformulation of food for public authorities and/or twinning initiatives to publicise best practices.
  • Information collected will cover the mandatory nutrition declaration, voluntary declarations on polyols and fibre, as well as information on nutrition and health claims, and the list of ingredients.

Impact and recommendations: For information only at this stage as it is so far unclear how the results of such a study will be used.

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Trenchers has compiled our favourite sandwiches just for Christmas.

1. Roast pork and applesauce sandwich

Team up mild butter lettuce leaves with slices of leftover roast pork, a couple of pieces of tomato and a drizzle of applesauce.

2. Cuban turkey and ham sandwich

Drizzle a mix of red wine vinegar, olive oil and crushed garlic over a slice of bread. Top with slices of ham, roast turkey, Jarlsberg cheese, pickles and tomato. Toast the sandwiches or serve as is.

3. Roast chicken, avocado and mozzarella toasty

Top slices of crusty bread with a smear of pesto and slices of roast chicken, avocado and slices of mozzarella. Place under a hot grill and toast until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

4. Roast beef, mustard and rocket sandwich

Whisk together a tablespoon of seeded mustard with a little sour cream and spread on a piece of bread. Top with rocket, roast beef slices and a dribble more of sauce. Choose to toast it or eat as is.

5. Smoked salmon, avocado and mayonnaise sandwich

Spread good quality store-bought mayonnaise over slices of bread, top with smoked salmon, capers and slices of avocado.

6. Roasted pumpkin, hummus and spinach sandwich

Spread hummus on slices of thick bread. Top with pieces of roasted pumpkin, a drizzle of olive oil and a few baby spinach leaves. Sprinkle over a few sunflower seeds for added crunch.

7. Roast chicken club sandwiches

Cook up slices of bacon, then add to a sandwich together with roast chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.

8. Roast lamb, tomato chutney and herb sandwich

Spread bread with tomato chutney and top with slices of lamb. Sprinkle over a little mint and parley, and add a couple of butter lettuce leaves.

9. Marinated vegetables and mozzarella toasty

Spread thick cut crusty bread with a little pesto, then top with marinated artichokes, capsicum, eggplant, sliced olives or any other deli favourites you have on hand. Top with slices of mozzarella and toast under the grill until the cheese is bubbling and golden.

10. Christmas roast turkey and stuffing sandwich

Spread bread with cranberry sauce and top with slices of turkey, stuffing, a few rocket leaves and caramelised onions.

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Trenchers take a look at the sandwich market in the UK.

At Trenchers catering we are proud to be a member of the British Sandwich Association (BSA), and this week they have sent me some really interesting information regarding the way the sandwich market in the UK has grown, and how it employ's a great number of people across the country, and so i though i would help spread the word.

Did you know the sandwich industry employs 325k people in this country alone, and this number rises all the time with more and more people selling more and more sandwiches.

Last year Trenchers catering found our most popular sandwich filling was cheddar cheese, however cheese only comes in at number 3 on the list of most popular, being beaten to the top spot nationally by Bacon, and with chicken coming in at a very close 2nd place.










All day breakfast.

Whats your number 1?

The average price for a sandwich in the UK is now £2.27, i think this is good value, and shows that you can still have a good lunch for under £2.50.

The sandwich sector in the UK is now worth £8bn to the UK economy.

3.5bn sandwiches are consumed each year.

The sandwich market is made up of 40% sandwich bars and bakeries, 15% supermarkets, 9% coffee shops, 11% workplace and education and 16% other.

The sandwich sector as a whole is up year on year by 3%.

I hope this is as informative to the reader as it is for me.

thank you for reading.

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Government delays T-Level Qualification in Hospitality and Catering

Staffing Crisis as Government delay Technical qualification.

The Govenments commitment to encourage British people to consider the hospitality sector as a career, has been questioned today by the British Hospitallity Association, after plans for a new qualification has been delayed.

The Government has put back the introduction of the proposed catering and hospitality T-Level qualification to September 2022, a year after the end of freedom of movement, propting questions to be asked of the education Miister Ann Milton.

At Trenchers Catering we rely on well trained catering staff and would love to see this qualification in place sooner, so we can have a bigger pool of better trained candidates to fill our requirements as a business.

In a letter sent to Immigration minister Brandon Lewis by Ufi Ibrahim she wrote: ”We are not in a position to fill these vacancies without hiring non-UK workers. This is due to the fact that the UK is currently at near full employment and because the educational system does not encourage young people to consider a career in hospitality.


She added that if migratory flows for workers from the EU and beyond were severely curtailed, the hospitality industry would likely contract, costing jobs and growth. According to a KPMG report commissioned by the BHA, the industry needs an additional 60,000 workers a year to power growth in addition to the 200,000 workers needed to replace churn. It said that a key part of its 10-year-strategy for job creation was to attract people direct from education.

We need the education minister and the immigration minister to talk to each other to resolve the delay, and help the catering and Hospitality Industry thrive in the coming years with better trained British staff filling the many hospitality roles that are going to be available throughout the sector.

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Trenchers catering suppliers guide and what we get from each.

Trenchers Suppliers

At trenchers caterers we pride ourselves on using the best ingredients, local sourced at the best price, around Birmingham we are very lucky to have a wide range of suppliers that are willing and able to offer us exactly what we need!

Below are a short summary of our suppliers and what we use them for:

Walsall Box Company:

Trenchers prides itself on looking different from all the other caterers delivering food in Birmingham, and the way we achieve this is by  delivering our lunches is branded trenchers boxes, which are supplied by a fantastic local company called The Walsall Box Co. The next bit is taken from there website...


The Company was originally the Box making arm of T. Kirby and Sons Ltd, a well known printers based in Walsall at the turn of the 19th century. The Walsall Box Co Ltd was founded as a separate  company in 1926 by Ernest Kirby and it is now run by third and fourth generations of the same family.

Today the Walsall Box is a modern and vibrant company, employing 25 people, with a strong heritage and history of providing good service and quality packaging. Since it was first opened for business the company has continued to expand and improve the services that it offers, so it is now truly a one stop shop for all your packaging requirements. We manufacture boxes for a large variety of businesses in very different sectors ranging from Giftware, Silverware, Ceramics, Cosmetics, engineering, automotive and Marketing to name but a few.

The core values at the heart of the business have always been, and remain, commitment to quality and service.  

As a caterer we need the best cooked meats and cheeses we can lay our hands on, and for this we us another local supplier who are only 100 yards from our front door called Brayne and price Limited, these guys are ace and i would highly recommend any food business in the city to use them, the following i have taken from there website....


Brayne & Price was founded in 2009 by Colin Price and Lee Brayne. Between them Lee and Colin have over 40 years experience in the industry and pride themselves on the highest level of service and a broad range of quality and diverse products to suit all needs.

We use BRC accredited suppliers and distribution is made from our refrigerated depot situated in the heart of the West Midlands by our own chilled vehicles. We offer a delivery service to suit your needs and will make every effort to ensure your orders are delivered on time.

Our sales staff have full knowledge of our product range and will be happy to discuss, advise and help you with your catering needs and will be only too pleased to assist with any enquiry you may have.

We appreciate the constantly changing market where customers tastes are becoming more diverse and we have a flexible approach. We make every effort to regularly make you aware and discuss with you new products, in order that you are easily able to meet your customer requirements.

Trenchers use another food business to provide us with all the frozen savoury items, crisps and cakes we supply to our customers, they are a subsidiary of Brakes called Woodward food service and a great, again the next bit is taken from there website...

We pride ourselves on offering a personal service and putting our customers first. Each region within the UK is served by its own dedicated sales management and telesales team, offering our customers a mix of local knowledge, expertise and support. We enjoy an extremely loyal customer base, most of whom have used us for many years.

Woodward Foodservice is now part of the Brakes Group. We continue to operate as a separate company, but with the added benefits of increased local distribution as well as access to specialty businesses within the wider group such as Prime Meats, La Boulangerie and non-food ranges.

Not only do we supply a wide choice of branded products, we also have an extensive own brand range providing customers with the assurance of performance and value for money.

We are continually exploring ways to build on the success of the Woodward brand and develop new market opportunities so that many more customers can enjoy this unique service and product mix.

We aim to make it easy to do business with us – one call, one order and one delivery direct to your door on our fleet of multi-temperature vehicles.

Trenchers always gets there fruit and veg straight from Birmingham wholesale market, where we use a great company called Macks wholesale, we never have an issue with produce from them and would highly recommend them to any budding food business. Next is taken from there website...

Wholesale markets have traditionally been nocturnal places, and there are many aspects of the old markets of the past that you’d still recognise today. There’s still banter and trading, and brightly coloured, enticing fruits and vegetables from all over the world.

Our sales team at Birmingham is there each night to welcome customers and make sure everyone gets the keenest prices for the finest fresh produce. All are welcome – our customers range from independent caterers and restaurants through to hotels, shops, market traders, chain stores, food service companies, schools and everyone in between. We can procure locally and internationally to fulfil whatever fresh produce it is you’re looking for.

Trenchers catering needs a lot of bread and baguettes to for-fill all our catering orders, and for this we us another great locally based company called  Arizta food Solutions they are always reliable and are our oldest supplier, which we have been using for the past 10 years. The following is taken from there website...


Our recipe for success begins with a deep understanding of food. We use the reach of our network to navigate global food trends and develop a holistic understanding of the global food market. We share this knowledge and work alongside partners and suppliers to uncover insights and new commercial opportunities.

Armed with these insights our teams of chefs and bakers get to work in professional kitchen and bakeries. Drawing on a heritage of artisan baking and French gastronomy, we fuse classical culinary techniques with a local palate to develop food solutions that add value to menus and retail shelves.

This creative spark is complemented by the acumen of our commercial team. Serving as the link between suppliers, chefs and customers, they draw on a portfolio of specialist brands and retail concepts to develop layered solutions that create bottom line value.

Finally, to ensure that each solution is delivered on specification and on time we have assembled a comprehensive supply network that delivers around the clock. It’s a busy world that’s constantly evolving but as we move forward, we’re challenging ourselves to keep exploring and developing new ideas that inspire chefs, managers and buyers.

I hope that by following our lead, and using local suppliers for fresh local produce, you can give your customers a better product, and be proud that you support the local business community.

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A great selection of food quotes, selected from some of the worlds great authors, and Mary Berry.

Wait and hope,

A wonderful final line from my favourite book, The count of Monte Cristo, the actual line is 'All human wisdom can be found in these words, Wait and Hope'

I do love reading and finding great quotes from popular writers like Dumas and Shakespeare, and thought i would write a quick blog containing some of my favourites about food.

At Trenchers catering we try to be interesting, in all we do, so with that in mind, i will try and combine my menus with quotes and see how we get on... here goes.....

'One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well' Virginia Woolf.  - so why not try our Hearty lunch at £7.20 per head.

'Ask not what you can do for your country, Ask whats for lunch' . Orson Wells. - Well for lunch Mr Wells why not Try our training lunch at £5.95 per head.

'After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even ones relations' Oscar Wilde. - Oscar, we have a Deluxe mini cakes platters that a relation could use to help you forgive them, a treat at £13.50 per platter.

'If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world' J.R.R Tolkien. - Well Mr Tolkien the hobbits will love our boardroom lunch at £7.65 per person, it is sure to help make the little people merrier!.

'Popcorn for breakfast! why not? it's a grain. it's like, like, grits, but with high self esteem.' James Patterson. - If you don't feel like popcorn for breakfast today Mr Patterson, then why not try our great Manhattan breakfast, its like, like, Breakfast without the popcorn, and its £4.15 per person.

'Cakes are healthy too, you just eat a small slice' -Mary Berry,- Well Mary after all that cake, why not try our Healthy option menu 1, with health wraps and fruit, you will be feeling better about all that cake in no time!

'Humor keeps us alive, and food don't forget the food, you can go weeks without  laughing' Joss Whedon. - We have all the food you can eat, even enough for an Avenger, our most popular menu at the moment is our combi premium platters which fly in at £5.75 per person.

'What i say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.' A.A Milne. real potatoes in our Real crisps, at £0.85 per bag, how decent a fellow am I.

I hope you enjoyed my play around with these quotes.


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Trenchers Guide to better SEO for small business, from the prospective of Trenchers catering in Birmingham.

SEO for small catering businesses,

Trenchers catering has had a bit of a learning curve recently, trying to tackle SEO or search engine optimization on, not just our own, but as the owner of a small business, it has fallen to myself alone, to make a website that is cost effective and has the best possible SEO.

I have recently changed my website from a fairly expensive site, to what is much more sustainable, cost effective website, and doing so has taken a WordPress site with great SEO, highly rated in all areas, to a cheaper Site123 build which I have produced from scratch, and had to work out what is the best SEO i can put on, and in the site, within a really stringent framework, what follows below is what I have managed to do that has really help Trenchers Catering Website.

The first thing I have found is ‘DOMAIN NAME’ purchases,

Now I had already got my Trenchers domain,, but had been given a tip from a google rep, who told me that  for a small cost, (about £10 a year each) I could buy relevant domains that where specific to by sector, and be able to point those domains at my website, helping my SEO, and in turn helping get up google search results. We are an office catering business so the domains I had purchased where ,, and a few more, but you get the picture.

By pointing these at our web address, we get the search engine to see that we are office catering Birmingham, as well as Trenchers, giving us a really good boast up the rankings.


Backlinks has been a bug bear of mine as I cannot get any decent ones that can help me, however, I do know that the more of these that you have that are specific to your business the better, I believe getting your suppliers to give you backlinks as well as customers if you can will really help.


Keywords is a term used for the words that appear most on your website, this helps your rankings, but apparently not as much as they used to. So for me I have tried to have the words Catering, Office, Birmingham, Sandwiches, Platters appear as much across my website as possible, for instance, the main heading will say OFFICE CATERING BIRMINGHAM, and this is repeated a few times over the website with Catering appearing 46 times overall, you should have about 5 or six keywords that describe your business appear as many time as possible, but they need to be written is as good a sentence as possible as google can check grammar.


Hopefully your website is better than mine with regards to speed, google recommends all websites load up within 5 seconds, however due to the platform I chose to create my website on, the speed of my site is 6 seconds, which will get penalised by google.

My issues are pictures and the weight of my site being to large, google has a great speed checker which can give you help to speed up your website. (I have now sorted the picture issue and increase speed of website in doing so)


No not football, but the headers that your website has the main body of text in,

So all main title pages should have H1 Headers with the secondary headers being H2, and so on down to H5, it is essentially the size of the text.

Meta Tags and descriptions,

Meta tags and descriptions are the bit of writing that google would use to check what is on a page and depending on if you have them and where, will depend on how easily google can read and place you on rankings.

My meta description for my home page is: Office Catering in Birmingham, free delivery to Birmingham postcodes, menus start from £2.80, 5* Hygiene rated, we offer sandwich platters and buffet lunches.#

With tags like: catering, Birmingham, Office, Food, Lunch, Buffets, sandwiches,

Every page on your website should have these above tags and descriptions.

Social media,

Your site needs to be connected to social media, the more the better, so get a Facebook page, twitter account, google plus account and then get them linked.

Doing all the above will hopefully help your business get better at SEO, and in turn be more visible on google search results.

Great websites to check your score or get extra help:


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Trenchers guide to an EHO inspection and what to expect in the UK, from the prospective of Trenchers catering manager.

Environmental health inspections A Trenchers Guide to EHO

At Trenchers catering we always strive to achieve a 5 star hygiene rating with the Environmental health office.

Have you ever wondered what needs to be done to achieve this target? Hopefully over the next few lines I will be able to explain in as much detail as I can what is required and how to do it.

EHO Inspection is The council and Governments way of making sure the food you eat in the UK is safe, and to do this, all food premises, be it like Trenchers, a catering company, or even your local supermarket, will be inspected and rated on a 0 to 5 star rating system.

The inspections are random and no notice is given when the EHO inspector will be coming to your business. Generally, the better you are rated, the longer you will have before your next inspection.

Trenchers catering is rated as 5*,which is the best, so I would expect our next inspection to be at least a year after the last, but this is just a guess!

The inspection:

The EHO Inspector will first site down with you and ask some simple questions about your business….

Name, address, type of premises, customer base, and volume of food produced.  This is just to establish you are the correct company/person to be assessed and they are in the correct place, and have all the correct information for your business.

The inspector will then go around your premises, checking cleanliness of the work areas, and also look at how well maintained the equipment used to make and store food is, and well needed give guidance on what can be done better and where there are issues, point them out and if needed set out a timed plan for improvement,

The inspector is not a bad person and is only there to help your business provide the best hygiene standards possible, so if you get recommendations, don’t take offence, thank the person and act on the advice that they give you! 


All fridges and freezers will be inspected and temperature checked to make sure they are within the recommended limits….. Fridge between 0c and 8c and freezers would need to be below -18c.


The inspector will then check Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP)

At Trenchers we have our own systems, which check Temperatures of Fridges, freezers, vans, deliveries received, cleaning lists, training records, flow charts.

The EHO provide a simple solution to new food business called safer food better business, this is a great resource and I recommend all businesses have this and use it if they do not have their own system in place.

The inspector will then tick of what type of inspection has been carried out:

Food safety & Hygiene (England) Regulation 2013

Regulation (EC) No.852/2004

Food Safety act 1990

Food information regulation 2014

Health and safety at work act 1974 and assoc Regs.

The inspector will then be able to tell you what further action to be undertaken by local authority, and the following is what you will have to expect:

None – Well done Good Job.



Statutory Notice


The inspector will then write a summary of work you will need to get done for your next visit, be that in 1 day or 1 year,

Get all recommendations done asap as this will show you are a reasonable food retailer.

You will then get your report in the post along with your certificate within 14 day.

Good look and thank you for reading Trenchers Guide to EHO.

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