Business insurance for Caterers

If you work in catering, insurance can help to take care of the things you can’t plan for, meaning you can focus on creating the delicious food you’re known for.

Whether you’re a chef working on a film set or you provide mobile catering services exclusively for events, insurance might provide important protection for your business.

You might experience a cyber breach after sending out a regular mailer, or a client may refuse to pay for services you’ve provided.

Certain circumstances are out of your control – that’s why tailored cover could help to bolster the vitality of your catering business.


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Why choose Hiscox for catering insurance?


Flexible tailored cover

Hiscox business insurance quotes start at £8.40 per month* - we'll work with you to find tailored cover for your catering business

*Figures based on an average of all business insurance policies sold to at least 10% of our customer base between January 2023 and January 2024


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Why do caterers need insurance?

Email breach

As a self-employed private chef, you drum up business by keeping the clients on your database up to date with a monthly newsletter. After sending out your mailer, you notice a reply, so open it up and click a link – unfortunately, this locks you out of your own system. Not only is your client data exposed by this cyber-attack, but you haven’t the funds to pay the ransom. Cyber cover built into your catering insurance helps to pay the demand and recover lost data.

Credit card fraud

You trust your long-standing administrator to deal with suppliers, process payments and manage your business’ credit card. There have never been signs to indicate cause for concern, but when your bank notices unusual credit card transactions, you become suspicious. Upon closer inspection, you discover the employee has been making personal purchases and paying off the balance with funds from your business account. With the support of Hiscox crime insurance, your catering business’ finances are protected.

Contract dispute

Working in the food and drink industry can be varied business – you’ve recently hit the jackpot by landing a regular slot for six months at a filming studio. After working for a month, things are going well. Both cast and crew love your menus, but the contract is unexpectedly terminated. This unforeseen cancellation means you stand to miss out on a further five months of previously guaranteed income and have to enter into legal proceedings. Commercial legal protection can help you through the legal process and bolster your business.

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Insurance for catering: FAQs

Does Hiscox catering insurance cover mobile catering?

Yes, tailoring cover for your catering business with Hiscox can provide insurance for your mobile bookings. Many of the risks for caterers operating from a single place of work are the same or similar to those who travel between events.

You might also find it beneficial to add an extra layer of crime insurance. As a small, mobile business, you may benefit from protecting your earnings from embezzlement or theft and other criminal activities such as telephone fraud.

How much does catering insurance cost?

The amount your catering insurance costs will depend on which products you choose and how many types of cover you build into your tailored policy. However, business insurance quotes with Hiscox start from £8.40 per month*.

To help you calculate how much your catering business insurance might cost, our FAQ section has further details. Read our guide to how much business cover costs to gain more information.

*Figures based on an average of all business insurance policies sold to at least 10% of our customer base between January 2023 and January 2024

What insurance do I need if I run my catering business from home?

You will likely still require many of the same covers when operating your culinary business from home. However, unless your home insurance policy is extremely comprehensive, it’s unlikely to provide the correct level of cover you’ll need to appropriately protect your catering business.

If you use your home kitchen, or are thinking of doing so, Hiscox can help you build the right policy for these circumstances. Our home-based business insurance page provides a guide to the products you might need to build into your policy if you run your venture from home.

Small business guide to cyber-attacksWhether you send menus by email or take bookings online, your catering business could be vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Follow our small business guide to stay in-the-know.

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