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Methodology & Sources

Where price data was found as a range, prices have been listed as an average of that range. Where different cost suggestions have been found, an average has been created of all of them.

Relevant figures correct as of April 2019. Some figures have been converted between GBP and USD, conversion rate as of April 2019.

Van insurance figures correct as of March 2019 (we used the data for April 2018 to March 2019 inclusive).

Average UK van price has been drawn from a median of all converted food trucks and similar listed on popular selling platforms.

Standard cooking equipment costs have been incorporated into the costs of van purchase and thus additional cooking equipment may be significantly lower in price for basic catering businesses.

Stock and serveware costs estimated 100 dishes per day. Serveware assumed to be plastic knives, forks, and spoons.

Costs based on burger, chips, and a drink. Chip portion size assumed to be 180g.

Due to extremely variable costs, this is a placeholder figure to indicate the requirement for fuel.

Serveware/Flatware considered as 18/0 stainless steel with a minimum of 80 sets required.

Premises cost refers to lease payment.

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Not all costs will be relevant for every business and there may be many costs not listed, this is intended to be a starting guide and should not be used to make financial decisions.