Trade Shows 2018 and 2019 – Catering and Hospitality

Trade shows and fairs present an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest minds in your industry. They are also a great place to meet potential suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers for your restaurant, bar, cafe, or hotel.

Here are some dates for the biggest upcoming catering and hospitality exhibitions in 2018 and 2019.

2018 Catering and Hospitality Exhibitions, Fairs, and Events

Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

25 – 26 September 2018

ExCel Exhibition Centre, London

The Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo is a great avenue to build your brand and grow your business. The event features an impressive lineup of 200 panellists, 500 seminars, and over a thousand exhibitors. Connect with major suppliers and key decision makers in the food and beverage industry. There will be live demos, show exclusives, and panel debates designed to equip you with cutting-edge strategies to boost your restaurant’s profits. Attendance to the event is completely free.

The Restaurant Show

01 – 03 October 2018

Olympia London, London

One of the leading industry events for those owning, operating, and working in the food and hospitality sectors, The Restaurant Show is a must-attend event for suppliers and business owners alike. Returning for its 30th year, this exhibition is bringing together 500 of the best manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers in the hospitality industry. The Restaurant Show will showcase a vast array of exhibitors, from food to front of house to business services.

Independent Hotel Show

16 – 17 October 2018

Olympia London

The 7th annual Independent Hotel Show is the premier business event for luxury and boutique hotels in the UK. Every year, thousands of hotel owners, managers, decision makers, manufacturers, and suppliers come together to discuss innovations and trends in the hotel sector. This fair provides buyers with easy access to high-quality supplies and products, as well as avenues to learn more about their trade. This year, there are over 20 free seminars and workshops, as well as 300 exhibitors in the luxury, boutique, and independent hotel supply chain.

2019 Catering and Hospitality Exhibitions, Fairs, and Events

The Great Hospitality Show

21 – 23 January 2019

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

This biennial expo returns after a majorly successful showcase in 2017. The Great Hospitality show is one of the largest national exhibits for foodservice, providing the ultimate platform for networking. Exhibitors come from the food, drink, catering, interior, and tableware industries. The event aims to showcase a broad range of trends and talents in the hospitality sector. There are two concurrent events under the Great Hospitality Show: The Professional Kitchen Show for catering equipment, dealers, designers, and manufacturers; and The Foodservice Show, which features the best products and services from the food and beverage industry.

Casual Dining Show

27 – 28 February 2019

ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London

The Casual Dining Show is the UK’s only trade show entirely dedicated to the casual dining industry. Catering to branded chain and independent restaurants around Britain (and beyond), there are over 200 hand-picked quality suppliers and exhibitors from the food and beverage sectors. You can learn cutting edge technology and tools of the trade at either of the two theatres hosting free panels and seminars.


13 – 14 March 2019

SEC Glasgow, Glasgow

Scotland’s most anticipated food trade event is coming back in 2019. ScotHot is the nation’s premier food, drink, tourism and hospitality showcase is on its 46th year and boasts 200+ exhibitors that sell everything you could need under one roof. It’s the perfect platform to find innovative products for food, drinks, interiors, tableware, and equipment. Learn about the latest developments and trends and engage with over 7,000 industry decision-makers.

International Food & Drink Event

17-  20 March 2019

ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London

IFE is the largest and most respected annual food and beverage trade event. It brings together an international community of suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs in London, the home of food and drink innovation. It’s a must-attend event for trade visitors, who can get updates on revolutionary trends in the catering and hospitality sectors. There will be over 1,350 suppliers and manufacturers from over 55 countries exhibiting at the event, which draws in around 30,000 visitors every year. The event has partnered with two other events for four days of jam-packed activities and workshops. Pro2Pac, the UK’s only processing and packaging event, as well as sustainability event Waste Works,  are co-presenting next year.

Planning a coffee morning for charity?

Cake sales and coffee mornings in aid of charity have become a really popular way to raise funds for a cause close to your heart. Macmillan Coffee Cup Just look at events like Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Maggie’s bake sales, or The Big Tea Cosy for Breast Cancer Haven. Everyone loves cake and cookies, and we challenge you to find us a Brit who can turn down a good cup of tea. It’s no wonder that so many of us are happy to get involved in a coffee or cake sale to raise money for those in need.

For maximum impact, you’ll want to do a little bit of pre-planning to make the most of your event. We’ve put together a checklist, to get your event preparation off to the best start:

Sort out your “staff”

Who’s going to help out? You’ll want people to help bake cakes, and people who are happy to turn up and act as hosts, cashiers, and clean up staff. Bonus points if you can find bakers who’ll produce you some specialist items like gluten-free or vegan-friendly items. You can never have too many hands on deck, so get asking as soon as you can before diaries fill up.

Choose your date and venue

Once you’ve got an idea of who’s staffing the event, choose a venue to run your event from. Maximise your potential by choosing a location with plenty of passing people, on a day where plenty of potential customers will be passing by. An ideal time and place would be a sunny Saturday on the high street, perhaps when a big event like a carnival or concert has brought plenty of people to town.

Get the word out

With your venue and helpers organised, it’s time to let the world know. Put up posters around the local neighbourhood, leave leaflets in local businesses, and get on to as many social media pages as you can to let people know all about your event.

Stock up on sundries

You’ll be bringing cake, tea and coffee, and maybe your kettles, but think about customers. Some customers may want to buy items to take away with them, so make sure you’re set up for that by bringing in cake boxes, paper cones or disposable cups.

To price or not to price?

Naturally, you’ll want to raise lots of money, but you also want to tempt buyers with pocket-friendly prices. Discuss your pricing with your volunteers so that everyone’s agreed on what to charge, and if you’re feeling organised, produce some price labels or cards to place by the items for sale. If you’re working on an honesty box system, make sure your donation jar is prominently displayed, and secure.

Can the community help?

Get in touch with local businesses and tell them about your event. Not only might they be happy to display a poster for you, they may be able to donate supplies or match supporter donations.

If you’re looking to take your fundraising to the next level, Banksford can print your charity logo or message on to aprons or uniforms, to really show your dedication to the cause. Get in touch with Banksford today, and discuss your requirements. We wish you lots of luck with your fundraising!

Etiquette tips fit for a Royal

Etiquette TipsIf, like us, you’re still waiting for your invitation to the Royal Wedding, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s still time to brush up on your fine dining etiquette before any other big day. Even if that invitation didn’t come through your door, our helpful hints for proper table manners will hopefully keep you on the right side of the royal family if an opportunity ever comes up. (image by Bright Side)

1. The invitation

For formal occasions, you will receive an invitation, which you should always reply to, even if only with a quick phone call. Your invitation should specify if “plus ones” or children are allowed, but it’s OK to check with the host if it’s not specified. Don’t just bring them and hope it’ll be OK. Do take a gift with you for the host or hostess, such as a bottle of wine, but don’t be offended if it’s not used during your meal. The host has probably set out their menu well in advance.

2. Getting started

For a rectangular table, the host or hostess takes the seat at the narrow end of the table, and if their partner or co-host is there, they take the opposite end. The guest of honour sits to the host’s right. The host may say grace, or offer some sort of religious blessing. If you’re not comfortable joining in, it’s good manners to sit silently and observe. Some hosts may raise a glass to toast a guest, which you should join in with. Clinking your glass with another guest’s is not necessary.

3. Napkins or serviettes

Always remove them from the table and place them on your lap. If you leave the table to use the bathroom, the napkin can be left on your chair. When your meal is finished, the napkin goes back on the table, on the left side of your plate.

4. Cutlery

Don’t pick up your cutlery until everyone has been served. If there’s more than one set of knives and forks, you start from the set on the outside, and work in, towards the plate. During the meal, if you need to stop eating temporarily, point your knife and fork into the centre of your plate, crossing over at the tines of the fork. When you’ve finished eating, the knife and fork sit parallel to each other, with the handles pointing to about 4 o’clock.

5. Passing dishes of food

It’s good manners to pass the serving bowl anti-clockwise, unless a person across the table has specifically asked for it. If you’re passing a loaf of bread, cut yourself a few slices (Ideally without touching the bread) which can be shared with the person on your left, before passing the loaf on. Your bread plate should be on your left.

6. The end of the meal

Once the meal is finished, what happens depends on your venue. At a restaurant or formal venue, there will be staff to take away plates. At somewhere more casual, it’s down to the host or hostess to clear away, although it’s fine for one or two of the guests to help. Traditionally, the signal that the meal is over is for the host or hostess to place their napkin on the table, stand, and suggest everyone leaves the table for coffee in another room.

7. After the event

While you should always thank your host or hostess as you leave, formal events call for a written thank you note, simply thanking them for the meal, and noting something you particularly enjoyed. This should be sent within a couple of days of the event.

There are plenty of other common sense rules, which are probably obvious, such as turning off your mobile phone before the meal begins, keeping elbows off the table, and not talking with food in your mouth.

Now you’re ready to sit down at even the finest restaurant and enjoy your meal like a true society maven. If you didn’t get your invitation to Harry and Meghan’s big day, we’re sure you’ll find somewhere to put your skills into action, and it could well be one of the many restaurants which Banksford supply!

Our A-Z of Uniforms

Banksford’s A to Z of uniform

At Banksford, we think we stock one of the most comprehensive ranges of workwear uniforms, so
we’ve come up with a complete A to Z of our catalogue.

A – Aprons
Aprons are a key part of so many uniforms, and whatever you need an apron for, you can be sure
you’ll find a suitable apron at Banksford. Full aprons, cotton aprons, waist aprons, and even
tabards, all of which are designed specifically to put up with the demands of a hard working
professional environment.
B – Branding
Your brand is something which is unique and individual to you, so why not take the opportunity to
keep it on show by branding your uniforms? Banksford’s personalisation services can introduce you
to new ways to get your brand in front of the people who matter.
C – Clogs
Chefs are on their feet for hours, and it’s crucial that their footwear is comfortable and protects from
kitchen hazards like spilled liquids, slippery floors and extremes of temperature. Banksford stock a
wide range of professional grade clogs and other chef shoes to keep catering staff safe and
D – Denim
It’s not just for jeans! This tough cotton fabric makes it ideal for jobs where uniform needs a little
more protection than a standard cotton or polycotton fabric. Check out Banksford’s denim aprons –
contemporary and rustic in appearance, with a little more safety for its wearer.
E – Embroidery
There are many ways to personalise your uniforms, but for longevity and durability, we don’t think
you’ll beat our embroidery services. Wash, iron and tumble dry it – embroidery gives you a clear,
crisp premium way of putting your branding onto your uniform pieces.
F – Fabric
There are so many different fabrics to choose from, and Banksford offer something to fit every
budget and requirement, from budget friendly polycottons to tough leather.
G – Gilet
A great way to take your inside uniform to the great outdoors, these sleeveless jackets, sometimes
called bodywarmers, are really easy to wear, and can be colour matched to the rest of your uniform.
H – Housekeeping
Working busily behind the scenes to keep your premises neat and tidy, modern housekeepers are
so much more than cleaners. That’s why Banksford have uniform choices specifically designed for
them, including tabards with practical pockets, and polo shirts to keep them cool and comfortable all
I – Identity
Each business has its own unique identity, derived from your vision and values. If you’re looking for
a uniform to reflect this – maybe you want eco-friendly pieces, or a really bespoke look – Banksford
can help source key items to define your identity.
J – Jackets
If your staff work outside, they’ll thank you for a warm jacket as part of their uniform. Banksford
have smart fleece and soft shell jackets to keep them cosy, no matter what the weather has in store.
K – Kids
Kids love to be part of the team, so whether you’re looking for uniform for young members of staff,
or company branded items for little visitors, we’ve got plenty of options for youngsters. Aprons, polo
shirts, caps and many other items in our catalogue are available in child sizes.
L – Leather
Trusted for centuries, leather is one of the hardest wearing materials you’ll find at Banksford.
Leather aprons for the most extreme conditions, leather shoes and boots for kitchen staff, and
safety footwear for people working outside. Breathable, and easily waterproofed, leather items are a
high quality investment.
M – Modern
Image is everything, and that’s why Banksford moves with the times, stocking the latest items from
some of the industry’s top brands. Gone are the days of stuffy, starched hospitality uniforms in
monochrome colours. Say hello to contrasting colours, patterns and designs.
N – Natural
If you’re trying to keep your uniform choices as eco friendly as possible, Banksford can make that
happen. We stock a range of items made with natural fabrics like cotton and leather, and wherever
possible, we’ll source from Fairtrade suppliers.
O – Offers
Everyone loves a bargain, and because our stock moves so fast, we’ll occasionally have end of line
or out of season stock for sale at reduced prices. That’s on top of our already low prices on all items
we sell. Keep in touch with our social media Banksford Facebook and
Banksford Twitter for details on our latest offers.
P – Pockets
Who doesn’t use pockets? Particularly useful in the hospitality trade, they let your waiting staff stow
payment machines, notepads and pens safely, housekeeping staff keep their cleaning essentials to
hand at all times, and front of house staff keep phones, keys and tablets ready for action. Add
practical pockets to your uniform and you’ll never look back.
Q – Quality
You can be sure of great quality items and customer service when you buy from Banksford. Look at
our reviews from existing customers to see how happy they were with the Banksford experience
Banksford Reviews.
R – Retail
Retail workers need a uniform which is both practical and presentable, so take a look at some of the
smart options in Banksford’s extensive catalogue. Traditional shirts and blouses, smart trousers,
and ties and scarves to match your colour scheme are all available.
S – Screen printing
Looking for a quick and easy way to get your logo or message onto your uniform items? Screen
printing is a budget friendly way to do it. Ideal for those starting up, or looking for items for a one-off
special event, we use the latest technology to give you the crisp result you want.
T – Tie
An easy and affordable way to take your uniform up a notch, a classic tie from Banksford takes a
shirt from something casual to something more upmarket. Choose from a range of vibrant colours to
link ties to your colour schemes.
U – Unisex
Unisex outfits are becoming more popular each season, and Banksford stock uniform pieces which
look great on both men and women. Polo shirts, fleece jackets and sweatshirts are a great choice
for guys and girls.
You may not know it, but if you wear a uniform, the tax man might actually want to give you money.
Because Banksford do more than just sell you a uniform, our blog is full of useful information for
uniform wearers and purchasers – take a look at Tax Rebate on Uniforms.
W – Waterproof
Hot, steamy kitchens, al fresco dining, and the chill of a walk-in refrigerator – all of these scenarios
mean that your staff are going to encounter water. Be ready for it with waterproof options like shoes,
aprons and jackets from Banksford.
X – added eXtras
Sometimes small accessories can make or break a look, and Banksford offer the perfect
accompaniment to your uniform. We can provide the finishing touches to your uniform with our ties,
scarves and hats.
Y – Your logo
Banksford have been customising workwear since 2009, so we’ve got it down to a fine art. Choose
your items, select which of our methods of personalisation you’d like and send us your logo. We’ll
send you a full cost breakdown of what it would cost to add your logo to your uniform. Because we
do everything in house, we think it’ll be cheaper and easier than you think!
Z – Zandana
No, we didn’t make that word up. A zandana is something a chef wears on his head as an
alternative to the tall white hat, or the snugly fitting skull cap. You learn something new every day!

We hope you found our list very useful, Banksford are suppliers of uniforms and here to help you!

Are you thinking of running your own catering business?

If your passion in life is food, you must have wondered about the possibility of turning your hobby into a business. Estimated to be worth £1billion per year by Ibis World, running a food outlet could prove to be lucrative if you get it right. This infographic reveals that only 40% of independent restaurants make it to the end of their first year, so you need to make sure you’ve covered all the bases.
There’s a lot to consider though, so at Banksford, we’ve put together a summary of the key things you’ll need to know.

Before you start
There are a lot of food outlets out there, so you need to make sure yours is going to cater (excuse the pun) for a need which exists. Perhaps you’re thinking of a specific type of food, or you’re directing your business at a particular audience? Check out the competition, get a feel for their style, prices and market. It may even help you identify a gap in their market. This preparation will help you to move on to the next step.

Writing your business plan
Your business plan is particularly important if you’re seeking financial backing from the bank, or looking for investors. Even if you’re not looking for start-up finance, it will help keep you focused in the early days of running your service.

It should cover:
1. A description of your catering service
2. The type and amount of space you need
3. A list of the equipment you need to have
4. Additional costs, such as insurance, phone and broadband
6. Your marketing strategy

One of the prime causes of catering business failure is lack of marketing knowledge, so don’t underestimate it. There are some excellent suggestions on this page.

To see a very comprehensive business plan example from a specialist catering provider, click here.

Choose a venue
If you’re working from home, this bit is already done. Make sure your equipment is up to scratch (more on that later), and you’re ready to go.
If it’s a commercial premises you’re looking for, it’s up to you to make sure it’s suitable. Don’t be lured in by a low rent – you’ll need to factor in utility costs, rates and any service charges. Think about how it could work for you. Does the layout seem appropriate? Is there enough storage?
If you’re running a restaurant where customers will be coming in, consider how many tables you canfit in, any access for disabled customers, toilet facilities and fire exits.
Commercial food outlets will have a classification, which may or may not need to be altered to fit the business you’re operating.

Common choices for food businesses are:
• A1 – Retail, including packaged food
• A3 – Cafés – but check the exact wording as there are restrictions
• A4 – Pubs or bars which will serve alcohol
• A5 – Hot food takeaways

Get registered
Now it starts to get official. Your next step is to complete the Food Business Registration form online, which has to be done at least 28 days before you begin operating. Registration is free, but must be done for every address where you’ll be preparing food.

Once you’re registered, it’s time to tackle your employment status. If it’s just you on your own, you’re going to be a sole trader, so head over to the
and set up as a sole trader. If you’re starting a business with employees, it’s slightly different, and you may trade as a limited company. Register here and pay the £12 set up fee.

Play by the rules
Your local council’s Environmental Health department are needed now, so get in touch with them and let them know your intentions. You’re probably aware of their role, their first job is to come and inspect your kitchen to ensure it meets their standards. They’ll be looking at things like proof of well maintained food preparation surfaces, facilities to keep chilled food at the correct temperature, and washing amenities. Working from home? You can also expect to be asked about hygiene risks from pets and visitors, and how your lighting and ventilation will cope with the demands of a commercial kitchen.

It would be a good idea to go over some of the laws regarding food preparation at this stage – if you
haven’t done so already. Have a look at the Food Standards Agency website for their guide to what you should know, and make sure you’re aware of the Food Safety Regulations.

Get qualified
Now you’ve put the basics in place, it’s time to get the qualification you must have if you’re going to be granted permission to run a catering business. Expect to pay about £100 per course, and allow a full working day. Courses are run by the Chartered Institute of Environmental
and the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS). Without these qualifications, neither you nor your staff will be allowed to be involved in commercial food preparation, so make sure that everyone in your business is working within the law and has their certification.

Get stocked up
Obviously, you’ll be looking to purchase ingredients on a fairly regular basis, but don’t forget things like fire extinguishers, safety signs and stationery.
When you accept any delivery of food for commercial use, it’s not like signing for a parcel at home. Every delivery must be logged, with a note of the supplier, the date of the delivery and what was in the delivery. In the unfortunate event that someone is unwell as a result of your food, you will then have the means to trace back the ingredients or supplier that might have been at fault. It’s all about accountability.

With the legal requirements covered, you can shop for the equipment you identified in your business plan. If you’re working from home, you’ll probably have a lot of the equipment already. If not – or if you’re expanding your home setup – you’ll want the kit to cope with demand. Cookware, utensils and consumables should be on the list, along with the right chef wear. It’s really important to have the right uniform for your business, not only to keep you safe but to help you get into work mode.

In conclusion
The best businesses are those which come from the heart, so if your heart is set on entering the world of catering, why wait? Work through our printable checklist, and join Banksford’s existing customers in the world of catering and hospitality.

1) I’ve registered as a food business with my local council
2) I’ve decided whether I’m a limited company or sole trader
3) An environmental health officer has visited my premises and I have followed up their
4) I’ve studied the laws around commercial food businesses
5) Everyone working in my business has completed food safety qualifications to level two or above
6) I’m ready to record all information about my suppliers and deliveries
7) Required firefighting equipment has been installed
8) I’ve ordered my catering uniforms from Banksford

Find your perfect fabric partner with Banksford

It’s not just an astonishing range of colours and styles on offer here at Banksford. We’re also proud
to offer aprons in a large selection of tried-and-tested fabrics. Whether your first concern is budget,
origin or durability, there really is a fabric to match your requirements. Let’s take a quick look at
some of the most popular choices we have for our customers.

100% Polyester
Polyester has had a bit of a hard time in the past, and became associated with sweaty and
uncomfortable clothing. Anyone for a 1970s polyester suit? These days, polyester has evolved. It’s
still a man made fabric, which is essentially made from woven plastic thread rather than cotton, but
it’s developed some enviable qualities. Not only does it top the charts for durability, it resists
stretching and shrinking, and resists wrinkles with ease. Being an entirely man made material, it’s
been engineered to be strong and lightweight, easy to wash, and dries quickly. If you’re looking for
a practical and hard wearing choice, polyester might pleasantly surprise you.

100% cotton
The traditional choice for hundreds of years, a 100% cotton apron is still spotted on butchers,
bakers, and maybe even candlestick makers. Cotton is a natural product, from a plant lovingly
grown and harvested before being spun into thread. You pay a little extra for the TLC it gets, but we
love its natural appearance and feel, and it’s a great choice for keeping staff cool in a hot
environment. Reassuringly heavyweight cotton is a breathable, absorbent fabric which can handle
spills and abrasions with ease. If it does get messy, it can be washed in either a domestic or
industrial laundry, at temperatures around 60oC, and will come up nicely after tumble drying and
ironing. As with all natural woven fabrics, there may be some shrinking after the first wash, but this is
a quality garment which should last you a long time if properly cared for.

Fairtrade cotton
The fair trade movement has been around for some time. It ensures that the people who bring the
raw material to the market receive a fair wage for their hard work. Sadly, cotton is an easily exploited
trade, with some workers receiving as little as 5p per hour, and exposed to harsh, unregulated
chemicals. Buying fairtrade cotton protects workers from low wages, and the dangerous pesticides
used by some industrial growers. There is a slight price difference, but a few extra pennies from you
makes a world of difference to the people who need it most. By buying fairtrade cotton, you’re
ensuring that farmers receive a fair wage, and can afford healthcare and eduction for their families.

Poly-Cotton mix
Offering the best of both worlds, polycotton is fabric woven from both polyester and cotton threads.
The ratio of the blend varies from item to item, so can be anything from 50:50 to 20:80. You retain
most of the breathability of cotton, but gain a slice of the longer life and lower price of polyester. It
can be dyed into a rainbow of colours, so there’s sure to be a match for your organisation available.
Durability is very good – it’s more tear resistant than cotton, and can be engineered to look like
other fabrics, such as canvas, so you’d never know you were looking at a partially man-made

Klopman fabric
Nobody knows the industrial fabric world like Klopman, and they’ve made it their business to
provide fabric solutions which stand up to the most demanding work day. Focusing on the principles
of comfort, image and durability, these engineered fabrics are behind the best selling workwear in
Europe. Lightweight, extremely strong and incredibly hardwearing, our Klopman polycotton blend,
Superbandmaster, is crease resistant and suitable for industrial laundry. A premium product like this does naturally come with a premium price tag, but Klopman’s reputation is well deserved.

You may already have made your mind up, or you may want to speak to us for further advice about
the best option for you. The great thing about buying from Banksford is not just our extensive stock
selections, but the fact that we know each item inside out. Whichever option you choose,
you’ve come to the right place.

Best of British Catering Exhibitions and Tradeshows

Banksford’s Best of British Catering Expos

Exhibitions are a great way to get out there and meet other people involved in your industry. Whether you’re after new faces for networking, the chance to see new suppliers to the market, or just get some ideas, catering exhibitions are a real opportunity to boost your business. Here are some of Banksford’s favourites chosen from around the UK.

• BBC Good Food Glasgow, 20-22nd October, SEC –
A satellite show of the main BBC Good Food show, this is billed as “Scotland’s most delicious day out”. It highlights Scotland’s best chefs, cuisines, and restaurants, and is full of entertainment and inspiration for the general public and those in the trade. Invitations are still open if you want to exhibit, and there’s a dedicated page on their website for potential exhibitors.

Speciality and Fine Food Fair, 3–5 September, Olympia
Okay it’s not in Scotland, but this trade only show is currently looking for exhibitors for their Scotland – A Land of Food & Drink pavilion. This is one of the busiest hospitality and catering events, with more than 11,000 visitors coming from wholesale, retail and food service backgrounds. If you provide a luxury product, or a speciality item, this is the place where buyers come to source artisan items for their establishments. There are 4 different packages available for potential exhibitors, and they’re listed at

North and Yorkshire
• Northern Restaurant and Bar Show, 20-21st March 2018, Manchester Central
Currently looking for exhibitors for the 2018 show, this is the north of England’s premier local show for hospitality professionals. 2017’s show featured 275 exhibitors, 65 live demonstrations, as well as an award show. 7,500 trade only visitors came through the doors last year. Book your stand for 2018 by calling the team listed on

• BBC Good Food Show, 30th November – 3rd December, Birmingham NEC –
While the main event may just have finished, the Good Food Show also has several satellite events you can visit, including the Birmingham Winter expo. This is a show for the general public as well as those in the trade, so expect plenty of big names and lots of exhibitors showing food, drink and cookery products. If you want to boost your brand awareness or launch something new, you can apply to exhibit on the website.

• Imbibe Live, 3-4th July, Olympia London –
Aimed at restaurant owners and those involved in the sourcing, selling or buying drinks, Imbibe Live will showcase products, seminars and sales boosters you’ll want to include in your business.

Food Matters Live, 21-23rd November, ExCel London
If you want to be play a part in the way food evolves and innovates, this is the one for you. Open to any food industry member, it’s a get together for retailers, service providers, government representatives and nutritionists who want to collaborate and encourage cross sector working to make the business of eating even better.

Street Food Live, 26-27th September, ExCel London
Having moved away from its image of greasy burger vans, street food is big business. Whether you’re starting out or looking to grow, you can meet suppliers, take part in seminars, and meet the experts in the industry at their masterclasses. Targeted at caterers, restaurateurs, and those behind the scenes in the catering business, it’s a great source of inspiration. You’ll also find this show incorporating mini-expos like Takeaway Expo, Restaurant, Bar and Hotel Tech, and The Food Entrepreneur Show.

• ExpoWest Cornwall, 6th-8th March 2018, Royal Cornwall Showground –
Why shouldn’t the south west get its own food expo? It’s the home of some of the best cuisine in the UK, and Rick Stein is so passionate about it that he’s based himself there. Attended by the region’s major suppliers, and billed as a boost for the business and social calendar, this event focuses on all that’s great about Cornish catering and hospitality. Visit their dedicated exhibitor’s page at

• Harlech Food Service Expo, 20-21st February 2018, Venue Cymru –
Wales is a nation that knows good food, and with record-breaking numbers attending the 2017 show, you’ll be able to book your stand for the 2018 expo in November this year. This year showcased the best of Welsh produce, as well as some surprising stands, such as pizzas made using Welsh flour.

Wherever you’re exhibiting this year, Banksford is on hand to provide you with the catering uniforms and supplies you need to keep your team smart and make a fantastic first impression.

Use a uniform, are you eligible?

Use a uniform? The tax man may want to pay you!

If you’re an employee who uses their own money to pay for work related items or travel, you might be surprised to know that you’re entitled to some money back from HMRC. It’s called Tax Relief For Employees. It’s not open to everyone though, and if your employer pays you expenses, or has provided you with alternative compensation, you don’t qualify.

Why is that relevant to our customers? Because if you have to wear a uniform for work – whether that’s a chef’s whites, a simple printed T-shirt with company branding or logos, or a nurse’s dress – you could claim back up to £500 towards the cost of looking after it.

If you think you’re eligible, here’s our quick guide however do ensure you seek professional guidance and advice.

When can I claim?

As long as you paid tax during the same year that the money was spent, you can claim from HMRC. What you get is based on the rate of tax you’re paying. For example, a person who pays 20% tax would be allowed to claim £24 back on a work related spend of £120.

Before you claim tax relief, you have to be able to prove that what you’ve spent the money on is not for anything other than business use, and you’ll need to keep records of your spending for four years after the end of the tax year when the money was spent, which is the latest date for making a claim.

How can I claim?

If you’re claiming for up to £2,500, it’s fairly straightforward. If you use the self-assessment system, just declare it on there. If not, print and post a P87 form to HMRC. As long as you’ve had a validated claim from the previous year, and your expenses come in under £1,000 (£2,500 in the case of subscriptions and professional fees), you can even phone HMRC and complete things verbally with an advisor. You’ll be repaid in the form of an adjusted tax code for the rest of the tax year.

Claims over £2,500 must be made through your self-assessment form. You’ll also get relief through an adjusted tax code over one or two tax years and receive a tax return form to complete.

How does this work for uniforms?

HMRC recognises that a uniform is part of your job, just as much as scissors are for a hairdresser, or a drill might be for a builder, so you can claim tax relief on costs involved in cleaning, replacing or repairing your uniform.

While you don’t get tax relief on what it costs you to purchase your work clothing (that’s something different called Capital Allowance), you can make a claim based on what you’ve spent, as long you’ve got receipts, or for a flat rate deduction. These flat rates are fixed amounts, which HMRC sets each year based on what spending they’ve seen from people in different professions. If you’re not one of the occupations on their list, you can claim for a single rate of £60 per year. Claiming a flat rate means you don’t need to keep your receipts, either.

I want to know more!

Of course you do! There are some fantastic guides on the internet. We’d recommend the easy to understand guide from Moneysaving Expert []. If it seems daunting to claim, you can even hire the people at Uniform Tax Rebate [] to make a claim on your behalf.

Once the forms are in, all you need to do is look forward to receiving your own little windfall, then sit back and thank the people at Banksford for giving you not only top quality branded catering and hospitality uniforms, but a way to get paid for what you’re already doing to look after them in the fantastic condition we provide them in.

The information in this article is for general information and is not legal or professional advice.

Ordering branded clothing made simple

If you’re looking for branded uniform or catering uniform then we can guide you through our easy ordering process. Our friendly and personal approach to quotes mean you always have contact with an account manager who you can speak to or email at any point during the process. Alternatively if you prefer a more automated process then you can order all your uniform online and we’ll only contact you to confirm your design and let your know your order has been dispatched.

Getting a quote

We recommend that if you are ordering less than 10 products it is simpler and quicker to order online instead of going through our quote form. The quote form is designed to get as much information as
possible from you to us in a simple way so that we can cost your potential order and give you an idea of timescale. We are also able to tell you if we can meet any urgent deadlines you may have. Once you’ve completed the quote form and uploaded your logo your information is delivered to one of our experienced sales advisors. We try to respond to all quotes within 3-4 hours, but it can take up to 24 depending on when you submit your quote and the complexity of your order.

Your quote will be emailed to you with a full price breakdown and estimated turnaround times. At this point we leave the quote with you and wait for your decision.

Progressing your order

If you are happy with the quote then simply email or call us and we’ll get the ball rolling. The first step is to ensure that we have the best quality artwork files. Once we have received these we will provide you with a digital proof of your order and an invoice. In general all orders must be paid for before production, but we do have account facilities for some clients. Please call us for more information on
eligibility for this.

The proof we supply to you can be amended if you are not happy with it. We want to provide you with clothing that you are happy with, which is why the proofing stage is vital. Once everyone is happy with the proof we move to production.

All our garments are personalised in house so that we can ensure the quality of your order. We will give you a guide of when your order will be dispatched and supply you with full tracking information from our couriers.


Once your order is complete we keep all your design information on file so it’s simple to reorder at any point in the future.

Colours to complement your brand

Choosing the right coloured garments for uniform to complement your logo or brand

Catering and Hospitality - Brown UniformsColour psychology is a real thing. The colours put in front of us can make a difference to how we feel. Bargain hunters in supermarkets look out for the bold red or yellow special offer stickers, while the cool, blue waters of a sea or stream are sure to calm anyone’s mind.

If you’re looking to choose colours for your uniform, you may be tempted to go with your own personal favourites. However, there’s a lot to be said for the effect that a certain colour might have on your customers.


Blue is a tranquil colour, which has been proven to set peoples’ minds at ease. People wearing blue are viewed as easy to get on with, reliable and kind. These positive connotations mean that we’d recommend a visible chunk of blue for your uniform, such as an apron or polo shirt. It’s up to you which type of blue you go for, from a light baby blue right through to a deep navy or sparkling sapphire, but you can be sure that we’ve got a colour shade to match your ideas.


Catering and Hospitality - Red UniformsIf you’re looking for a bold statement, red is an option you should definitely consider. Associated with extroverts and confidence, this is one which is sure to make your uniforms noticeable. If your staff are going to work in a busy environment, red should be on your list. Scientists think that red gets its reputation from the fact that people turn red when they blush, attracting attention to the face. Tone it down, or go for head to toe red uniform. Red is loud and proud – maybe it’s exactly what you need?


Green has long been associated with serenity and security, perhaps because of its association with nature. Having said that, while some darker greens are very natural in appearance, we can also offer you uniforms in very bright shades of green, which you definitely wouldn’t find naturally.Catering and Hospitality - Green Uniforms


The TV series told us that orange is the new black, and much like the TV series, orange is seen as the colour of entertainment. Flamboyant and friendly, people wearing orange are confident, light-hearted and sure to bring a smile to peoples’ faces. Does that sound like the sort of thing you want your uniform to encourage? Go for a burnt orange to blend in with surroundings, or a nearly fluorescent option to really stand out.


There are a lot of connotations associated with wearing purple. Deep purples are wealthy, regal and opulent. Lighter purples conjure up images of mysticism and flower power. A relatively recent newcomer to the world of clothing, it’s easily combined with other colours if you’re not sure about such a modern newcomer. There are plenty of purple uniform options to choose from.


Black and white tones are a timeless mix. Just look at the piano’s keyboard. Contrasting beautifully together, the black and white wearer carries an air of respect, much like the smartly dressed business professional from the city. It’s also versatile and timeless, and looks just as home in a corner café as a smart city restaurant.

Choose your colours carefully when it comes to deciding on a uniform, as they could subconsciously tell a customer a lot about you!

Choosing the right apron

Choosing the right apron type for your catering business with Premier

With so many different types of apron out there, you’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to making a selection. With literally hundreds of combinations, you’re bound to find a Premier apron which works for you, no matter what your situation is.

Premier Aprons are one of the most versatile apron companies, stocking everything from a full length bib apron to waist aprons with practical pockets. We love them because they come in one of the widest colour ranges on the market – some are available in more than 50 different colours.

Bib ApronsPremier bib aprons are universally popular, particularly in the catering industry. We recommend that you start by considering the material you want. Premier offer bib aprons in breathable lightweight cotton, Fairtrade cotton, easy care polycotton or very hard wearing, heavyweight denim.

Fitting is really easy with a Premier bib apron. Many offer an adjustable neck piece, which allow the neck band to be lengthened and shortened with an easy slide clip. Practicality is well catered for, too. Premier’s aprons can be supplied with a large single or double pocket, which allow staff to stow away their essential tools of the trade.

Examine your colour options. If your company already has set colours, it’s quite likely that Premier offers a colour which will match it. Want more than one colour on your bib aprons? Check out the Contrast Bib Apron, which has a single vertical band of colour occupying one side. Want something even more eye catching? How about some stripes? Premier offer butcher apron style stripes – perfect for the builder or just someone who wants something a little more varied.

We can even offer you a sommelier apron. The wine buff will recognise this one, with its distinctive scooped neck and side pockets.Sommelier Apron

Unsure if a bib apron is right for you, or want to offer your hospitality staff a bit more flexibility? Check out the “2-in-1” option. It looks like a regular bib apron, but fold it in half and stash the neck tie away for a neat waist apron option.

If a Premier waist apron is more your style, you won’t be disappointed with the waist aprons which Premier have to offer. With the same great colours available as the bib aprons, long self coloured ties are offered across the range, allowing the wearer to wrap the ties around their waist and secure either at the front or back.Waist Aprons

Staff who need to carry items in their aprons are going to be really pleased with the level of thought which Premier have put into their aprons. Some have pockets big enough to carry a tablet computer or payment machine, while the zip waist apron offers the extra security of a zip closure for the pockets.

With the waist aprons on offer, a deciding factor could be the length of the apron. Premier can offer short waist aprons which fall above the knee, right through to the long, striped Gastronomy range, which falls down to near ankle level.

There are so many possibilities for you to consider, there’s sure to be a Premier catering apron which is perfect for you. You’ve come to the right place for your apron, so you’re sure to make the right choice. If you require any support, please contact us on 0191 666 1234 to discuss.