Selling your products on campus

Trading in Union House

Union House has a central location on campus that attracts a high level of footfall; predominantly from students but also from staff and external visitors. This makes it the ideal place to set up and start trading if you have a business idea you want to explore and you’re looking for a place to trade, promote your services or fundraise.

Trading days

We have 6 bookable spaces on offer which are located on the 1st floor of Union House in the Hive. There’s the opportunity to trade 7 days a week and we offer our spaces to the following groups:

  • Clubs and Societies
  • Other student groups
  • Individuals
  • Alumni
  • University department
  • External suppliers

Each group has to pass a different set of criteria in order to be eligible to book one of our available spaces, especially when it comes to selling hot and cold food on our premises. Some groups will incur a charge while others have the option to book the space free of charge.

Criteria for different groups to be able to trade in the Hive

 

Risk assessment required?

Food Hygiene Certificate required?

Public Liability Insurance required?

Invoice in advance and booking form required

Permitted to sell non-food items?

Permitted to do bake sales?

Permitted to sell pre-packaged food?

Permitted to sell homemade food?

Clubs and Societies

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Other student groups i.e. individual fundraisers and students trading as part of a course project

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

N – unless able to produce Public Liability Insurance

Individuals – Current under and post graduates

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

Alumni

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

UEA staff – trading with their own business

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

University Department

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

University Department – booking the space on behalf of external company

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

External Organisation

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y – Must provide proof of Public Liability Insurance

Student on a tier 4 visa

Students on a tier 4 visa cannot be self-employed or engage in business activity unless they have made an application for leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant and you are yet to receive a decision on that application.

Students on a tier 4 visa can only engage in business activity if it’s under the banner of a club, society, peer support group, Young enterprise scheme, or as part of a project organised as part of their course.

For more guidance on applications for UK visa as Tier 4 student

 

How to book a space in the hive

Head over to our room bookings page of our website.

Cost and Availability
 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Clubs and Societies

Y – for free

Y – for free & limited availability

Y – for free

Y – for free & limited availability

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Other student groups i.e. individual fundraisers and students trading as part of a course project

Y – for free

Y – Fee’s applicable & availability

Y – for free

Y – Fee’s applicable & availability

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Individuals – Current under and post graduates

Y – for free

Y – £30 & limited availability

Y – for free

Y – £30 & limited availability

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Alumni

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

UEA staff – trading with their own business

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

University Department

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

Y – for free

University Department – booking the space on behalf of external company

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

External Organisation

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Y – Fee’s applicable

Student on a tier 4 visa

Students on a tier 4 visa cannot be self-employed or engage in business activity unless they have made an application for leave to remain as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Migrant and you are yet to receive a decision on that application.

Students on a tier 4 visa can only engage in business activity if it’s under the banner of a club, society, peer support group, Young enterprise scheme, or as part of a project organised as part of their course.

For more guidance on applications for UK visa as Tier 4 student


Tuesdays and Thursdays are commercial trading days in Union House. This means you’ll see external suppliers offering various products to students in the hive. However, we do offer 2 free spaces for clubs, societies and peer support groups for free on these days. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Individuals – (both current under and post graduates), Other student groups i.e. individual fundraisers and students trading as part of a course project and Alumni can trade on a Tuesday and Thursday when we have available space, but there will be a charge.

Selling food in Union House

Anyone is allowed to sell food in the hive providing they can meet the relevant criteria as outlined in the chart above.

Clubs, societies and peer support groups do not need to provide public liability insurance documents if they want to sell food in Union House as they are already covered under uea (su)’s insurance. Any group that is not a Clubs, societies and peer support groups will need to provide proof of their Public Liability Insurance before being permitted to trade along with an up to date food hygiene level 2 certificate.

Food Hygiene

These are some simple guidelines that you need to follow when you are making and selling cakes or hot food to be consumed by other students / members of the public. Please head over to the committee hub for more information on the guidelines you will need to follow.

Pop Up Markets

uea(su) holds a monthly Student Pop Up Market in the hive from 11am-3pm on the 2nd Monday of every month during term time (from September 2018). The opportunity is FREE to current UEA students and offers a platform for budding entrepreneurs to test out their business ideas. For a list of available dates and details on how to book, please click here.

Open days

Coming soon, an exciting opportunity for students to trade during UEA’s busy and vibrant open days! Information to follow.

Trading elsewhere on campus, including the street

Whether you are a current student, Alumni or external trader, you have the option of trading outside of Union House. If you’d like to explore the opportunity of setting up for a day’s trading in the square, the street or elsewhere on campus, you’ll need to complete and events permission form. You can find all the information you need via the events section of UEA’s website

FAQ’s

Can I book by the hour/ half day/ full day?

The space is flexible, you can book by the hour, half day or full day, depending on availability.

Can I book out of term time?

Yes.

Is the price different in term time and out of term time?

Discounts are offered during our quieter periods such as over the summer and out of term time. Contact Alexander De Ritis, Commercial Sales Supervisor on A.De-Ritis@uea.ac.uk for more information.

What’s included?

You’ll receive a table and a chair.

Where will my table/stall be situated?

In the hive, Union House. Table location is allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I use one of the uea (su)'s large white portable stalls or am I only able to use uea (su)'s tables?

You can use either and stalls and table sare allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

What is public liability insurance?

However well prepared you are, accidents do happen – and the simplest accident can be financially devastating. Public liability insurance pays out if a client or member of the public is injured or their property is damaged because of your business.

Why don’t clubs and societies need to provide their own public liability insurance but individuals do?

Clubs and Societies are covered by uea (su)’s public liability insurance but individual students conducting their own business activity are not.

 

 

 

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