Takeaway is defined as food that is to be eaten off premises from restaurants, cafes and other catering establishments. The food can be hot or cold and the orders can be collected or delivered. What is not included is food and snacks purchased in shops such as supermarkets, newsagents and greengrocers.
Although the sector is bullish about its future, businesses are facing challenges recruiting and retaining staff: a third of restaurants report skills shortages - mainly in skilled kitchen roles, particularly chefs, front of house staff and delivery drivers. For a significant proportion of firms in the sector, this situation is critical. Almost a quarter of restaurants say that they are unable to recruit the staff needed to run their business.
The impact of business rates is also an issue. According to Rates Recovery service, it handled approximately 35,000 appeals during the 2010 revaluation with businesses most concerned about the lack of transparency and fairness.
Planning is also a problem with small business concerned about licensing arrangements.
More information on the issues we care about can be found on the 'campaigns' section of the website.
The BTC’s members are:
British Kebab Awards
Foodservice Packaging Association
Curry Life Magazine
Night Time Industries Association
UK Bangladesh Catalysts of Commerce & Industry
National Federation of Fish Friers
Bangladesh Caterers Association
Nationwide Caterers Association
Catering Equipment Suppliers Association
The BTC also works in collaboration with the Pizza, Pasta and Italian Food Association.
If you are a trade association or industry body, please contact one the BTC team who would be happy to help, details can be found on the 'why join us' page.
If you are a takeaway restaurant, please get in touch through your trade association or industry body.
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