Starting a food business

Thinking of setting up your own food business?  

New businesses getting in touch with our food safety team for the first time can get 30 minutes FREE business support and advice.  

Free support and advice for NEW food businesses

We will signpost you to helpful sources of information over the phone or by email for the first half hour.

We offer more in-depth support or advice  charged at an hourly rate, or we can visit to deliver a coaching session at a fixed rate.

Services offered include: 

  • Pre-trading advice visit
  • Safer Food Better Business coaching
  • Food Hygiene Rating coaching
  • Pre-inspection audits
  • Mock inspections to ensure standards are maintained

To book, complete the paid-for advice booking form (pdf) and email it to environmental.health@newport.gov.uk or post to the address given on the form. 

Download our Food safety advice and support brochure (pdf)

The Food Standards Agency also has information on starting a food business.

You will need to understand:

If you own or have taken over a food business in Newport, you must register your business with the council at least 28 days before opening or taking ownership.

This includes restaurants, cafes, shops, delivery vehicles, hot-dog and ice-cream vans, and market and other stalls.

Apply to register a food business online

Or download the food premises registration form (pdf)

If you have a mobile food business and you intend to trade on the public highway in Newport you will need to apply for a street trading consent.

If you intend to sell hot food after 11pm, sell alcohol or provide regulated entertainment you will need to apply for a licence 

Read about start-up loans and grants

You may also need to apply for approval of your food premises if you intend to use unprocessed products of animal origin (e.g. fresh meat, raw minced meat, raw milk or eggs).