Businesses tell us about their experience of working with BBfA.
Blink Cosmetic Solutions
Environmental Health Officers in Durham gave Sandra Stephenson from Blink Cosmetic Solutions, initial set-up advice for her first premises in February 2014. Since opening, Sandra has since outgrown her premises and has registered two further premises, one in Chester-le-Street and one in Ferryhill.
Sandra said, “The advice that Environmental Health officers have given me over the years has been invaluable, especially when I first started the business. It’s helped me to grow my company safely.”
Hear more about what Sandra had to say about her BBfA experience in our short video.
Biddick Hall Spice
South Tyneside Council is supporting local food outlets to provide clearer nutritional information on dishes as part of a project to encourage healthier eating and support business growth.
Food outlets across the country are increasingly offering consumers more choice when it comes to healthy food options. Many food businesses see it as an important growth opportunity as people increasingly seek out healthier options, particularly in the fast food sector.
Working with local Bangladeshi food businesses with a Food Hygiene Risk Rating above four, venues were invited to take part in training and use industry accredited food software system ‘Nutricalc’ to review current menu choices and identify baseline information on calorie, fat, salt and sugar content.
Environmental Health in South Tyneside, working alongside Public Health colleagues, supported participating venues to modify dishes - where possible - to improve nutritional content without spoiling flavour, texture and appearance.
Biddick Hall Spice, a small Indian takeaway in South Tyneside, was one of the businesses that took part in the project. Portion size was seen to be an important factor in improving the nutritional value of its meals. Owner Moynul Hussain said: “Simple changes were made. We halved the size of the rice portion and used a medium sized container to reduce the portion size of the mains dish to 300g.”
Changes were also made to some of the meal ingredients. Moynul continued: “The new dishes taste less buttery but the overall flavour is not lost.”
South Tyneside Council Environmental Health invested £2,100 in the ‘Nutricalc’ software and worked with three businesses in the first phase of the campaign. Each business paid £200 to take part.
Biddick Hall Spice developed a calorie counted menu that is available alongside existing menus. It’s hoped the new menu will encourage new customers and support existing costumers to consider healthier options.
For more information, please contact Kevin Longstaff, Technical Officer (Food Safety), Environmental Health and Resilience, South Tyneside Council, on [email protected].