Toastie Construction Manual

Constructing the Constrution It's been, I think we can all agree, a funny old year. Here we are on Friday the 13th, 2020, and on a global scale we're all collectively wondering if it could actually get worse.  It therefore gives me enormous pleasure to introduce...

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Doing Your Own Payroll

Doing Your Own Payroll

When you have a bit of time to spare, doing your own payroll is a great way to save some cash, add an extra skill and take more control of your business. However it does mean dabbling in dark and mysterious Tax Stuff, which can be daunting. And boring. Luckily it's...

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Still Catering During Coronavirus

Still Catering During Coronavirus

Here we are, two weeks into lockdown, and the weather for the festival season couldn't be more promising. But that's beside the point. This is not about a festival season lost, this is about new opportunities found and about what you as a business can do to keep...

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Coronavirus Cancelling Events

Coronavirus Cancelling Events

A Trader Perspective Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is causing panic worldwide. It's causing a lot of very sensible reactions as well, but the panic is the problem here. As a food and festival trader, we rely on around 12 weeks of trade to float most of the rest of the...

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Buying Second Hand Equipment

Buying Second Hand Equipment

There are two good reasons for buying second hand equipment: It's cheaper and it's less wasteful. Waste sucks, and street food, bless it, has a tendency to produce lots and lots of waste if you're not careful. Still, the cost is probably why you're here, unless you're...

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Toasted Sandwich Masterclass

Toasted Sandwich Masterclass

Making the Perfect Toastie You know those posts that waffle for 8 paragraphs before actually telling you what it says in the title? Not today. We have made 50,000+ toasties, so let's up your toastie game right here, right now with a toasted sandwich masterclass that...

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Talking About Street Food

Talking About Street Food

I do that a lot. It's time to accept that 2018 is almost over, and that pretty soon it's going to be two darn Christmassy to do anything round here but drink mulled wine and try to stop the kiddies pulling the Christmas tree over. But exciting developments have taken...

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Make Long Term Money out of Street Food

Make Long Term Money out of Street Food

This summer has been a mixed bag, with boiling temperatures in July and then unwanted rain just as you think you're getting the hang of the weather (looking at you, August Bank Holiday). But it still paid the bills, and has been for 8 years now. So here we are, aged...

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Plastic Free Street Food

Plastic Free Street Food

I will admit it up front, plastic free street food is still a little way off at the moment. While a superficially plastic free service is already possible, I don't believe we can totally do away with the over-used molecule chain just yet. Up until recently no one...

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What We Learnt in 2017

What We Learnt in 2017

Happy new year everyone. Once again you, our magnificent customers and benefactors have generously seen us through the year by eating toasties, having us at weddings and buying the book. We are tremendously grateful. We are currently having our annual down time, where...

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Running Payroll in Street Food

Running Payroll in Street Food

Usual Disclaimer: I am not an accountant, take our advice here entirely at your own risk and in the full and certain knowledge that we might be wrong about anything and everything. I know, I can feel your interest drifting already. Paperwork is not what street...

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Converting a Second Food Van

Converting a Second Food Van

The Beast, our faithful old VW food van, has finally moved on to a new home. It was an emotional day (for Barny) and one filled with the prospect of finally having enough space on the drive for the vehicles we actually own. Much as the Beast has been very much part of...

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