SME GROWTH PROGRAMME

Do you want to grow your business ?

Are you looking for fully funded support ?

If you are starting your own business or already own a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) looking to grow, are growing, or are seeking to innovate, we have a new fully funded programme to meet your needs.

The programme is delivered at no cost to your business and is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by Reaseheath College.

Your new business can sit alongside another long-established business of yours. For example, your dairy farm business is well established; your artisan cheese business is new and you are planning to widen sales to upmarket hotels and spas.

The programme is flexible to suit your needs, being mostly a range of:

  • SME masterclasses
  • SME workshops
  • Bespoke one-to-one sessions.

Curious? Might be right for you?

To learn more about the programme please contact us and register your interest :

T: 01270 616492

E: businessgrowth@reaseheath.ac.uk

Event testimonials

Attendees of our January digital marketing workshop gave the following feedback:

” Very informative: challenged my thinking and understanding”

” It has already opened my eyes to some fundamental do’s & don’ts. I am quite motivated already to start putting some of them into action!”

“Great presentation, lots of things to implement into our business. Overall really beneficial”

“Nice small group & an engaging and informative speaker who covered interesting and useful topics”

“I really enjoyed the course, it has provided me with a clearer understanding of digital marketing. I look forward to actioning some of the topics covered”

Food business master class

The ERDF Food Business Masterclass held in October here at Reaseheath College attracted 35 food business owners, entrepreneurs, industry specialists and technical experts. The aim of the Masterclass was to provide delegates with support required for their business in a range of areas:

‘Business advice’ led by Tony Evans, The Anderson Centre, discussing various areas to think about and be aware of when starting a business, business growth and diversification.

‘Food legislation, labelling and traceability’, this session was led by technical specialists from both the Reaseheath Food Centre and University of Chester Now Food Centre as well as Anthony Bagshaw, a consultant to the food and food testing industry.

‘Does Cheshire need a larder?’ This masterclass was led by Greg Parson, MD of the Somerset Larder and former MD of Cricketers Farm. Local established producers learned and discussed the concept of the Somerset Larder model and how to create and spearhead a ‘Cheshire Larder’

Following the sessions a buffet lunch gave delegates the valuable opportunity to network with the like-minded entrepreneurs, business owners, funding bods and technical specialists from all sessions.

Following the success of the ERDF food business masterclasses we have identified a demand for a number of workshops and knowledge transfer to support entrepreneurs and small business needs and requirements.

Our exciting program of workshops are planned and designed so that businesses get the most out of the sessions to fit their individual business needs.

Our next workshop supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in Cheshire is a series of digital marketing workshops covering web design and content, search engine optimization, pay per click etc, full details can be found on this page.

Further workshops to follow, topic, date and venue to be confirmed.

Have you got a business idea or developed a great new product and are thinking about setting up a business? Are you a rural business looking to diversify and/or add value to your products? Get in touch to find how you can benefit from fully funded support that fits your business needs.

T: 01270 616492

E: businessgrowth@reaseheath.ac.uk

Master Class feedback:

“After learning about the food labelling I feel I can proceed with my business”

Local business owner

“Following the masterclass I now know to make sure my core business is solid before I look at diversifying”

SME owner

“I need to revaluate the job roles to enhance marketing and growth of multiple businesses.”

Cheshire business MD

“I just wanted to say thank you for the Business Masterclass event that you hosted today. It was superb, and I found both the session (on legislation) and the networking afterwards invaluable. I learnt more in 3 hours that I have on Google in 3 weeks. Everyone was so friendly and approachable, that it made what I thought might be a little intimidating to be a very enjoyable experience”.

Local food business entrepreneur

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible your business must be –

  • small – your new business must be an SME. An SME has under 250 staff, and any ownership by a wider commercial group is below 25%. Being a member of a mutual co-op to share farm assets is OK,
  • local – your business address is within the Cheshire East, the Cheshire West and Chester, or the Warrington council areas, and
  • B-to-B – you must be (or plan to be) trading business-to-business (eg restaurants, hotels, supermarkets) and not selling directly to consumers (eg ebay, farm shop).

Meet the team

The Reaseheath ERDF Business Growth Programme team is staffed by experienced project managers, business advisors and Knowledge Transfer specialists. To contact any of the team members please fill in the form below.

Annette McDonald

Annette McDonald

Head of Commercial Services and Projects, RADA
Beth Chinn

Beth Chinn

ERDF Business Growth Programme Coordinator
Janet Nuzum

Janet Nuzum

Business Growth Programme Business Advisor

Lesley Innes

Lesley Innes

Knowledge Transfer Facilitator

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