Countryside Productivity Scheme

Master Soil Microbes

Business support for Cheshire and Warrington SMEs

Delegates discussing digital marketing techniques

The RADA projects team is working with local Cheshire and Warrington SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to grow and develop their businesses. Based on campus in The Bothy, the small project team consisting of Beth Chinn, Janet Nuzum, Lesley Innes and Annette McDonald are putting together individual and workshop based support depending on different business needs.

There are already around 40 new firms benefiting from our support via the project with room for many more going forward. Our most recent workshops on Digital Marketing have been so popular that we are currently planning our fourth series.

One business owner commented “I really enjoyed the course, it has provided me with a clearer understanding of digital marketing. I look forward to putting some of the topics covered into action.”

This summer we are rolling out a programme of bespoke assistance to graduating Reaseheath HE students who wish to start their own business following the end of their studies. There is scope for this support to be available to FE students and alumni (former students).

This project is jointly funded by the Reaseheath and the European Union’s Regional Development Fund and runs until September 2018 as part of a consortium with other colleges and universities in the region.

Case study:

One of the local small firms being helped by our Business Growth Programme within RADA is Greka foods in Nantwich.

Greka Foods

The owner tell us that “the name was born out of a love for Greece, its land and its produce. It is all about a deep rooted desire to share with our customers, our authentic family produced food – Greek sauces, jams, marmalade and spoon sweets…using recipes that have been passed on by my grandmother Sofia and re-created by my mother Georgia.”

The Business Growth Programme at Reaseheath has a particular specialism in helping small firms start to sell to other businesses and thereby grow their business and hopefully create even more jobs.

Greka foods can be found at Nantwich Indoor Market and at – well worth a look after Greka attended our Digital Marketing workshops, which they said was “very informative, challenges my thinking & understanding ”.

If you have any questions about the Business Growth Programme please do pop in to the RADA office or give us a ring on extension 3975.

Cheshire & Warrington Rural Business Funding Launch

Cheshire and Warrington businesses and organisations wishing to apply for grants from the latest and final rounds of European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) can find out more information at a Rural Funding Launch on the 24th March. The event will include an introduction from the Chair of the LEP Rural Strategy Committee and Cheshire and Warrington LEP followed by a presentation from a rural business that has previously received support for tourism or food processing.This will be followed by a presentation from the Rural Payments Agency about the national EAFRD programme and application process. Including:

  • An overview of the business development, tourism infrastructure and food & drink grants in Cheshire and Warrington,who can apply, what the grants will fund and how much funding is available.


9:30– Coffee and Reception

10:00– Welcome – Meredydd David- Chair of Cheshire and Warrington Rural Strategy Board

11:15- The Strategic Economic Plan and Growth Hub – Mark Livesey- Cheshire and Warrington LEP

11:30– Local Business Perspective on Business Support

11:45– Q&A

11:55– The Rural Payments Agency: the EAFRD programme calls in Cheshire and Warrington and the application process- Andy Tordoff & Mike Baker- Rural Payments Agency-

  • Business development grants
  • Tourism infrastructure grants
  • Food and drink processing grants

12:25– Q&A

12:30- Buffet Lunch of local produce. Following the presentations there will be a local produce lunch and time for interested businesses and stakeholders to discuss in more detail potential projects as well as networking with other interested parties.

For interested attendees there will be optional tours of the Reaseheath Food Innovation Centre which is an industry leading academy with an international reputation within the food and drink sector.

This event is jointly organised by the Cheshire & Warrington LEP and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


To book your FREE place, please click here which will take you to an Eventbrite booking page.


If you have any questions about this event please contact Beth Chinn-, 01270 616492

Student Work Experience with the RADA team

Integrating Reaseheath students into our project work is a fundamental part of what we do through RADA, with the aim of developing the next generation of leaders in sustainable husbandry. We have had a number of projects running with students from FE and HE taking part.

Throughout December we had four students with us, supporting our projects. The Countryside students shadowed FES advisers Nicola Hall, Jane Atkinson, Rachel Price and Helen Rowley on farm visits covering a wide range of topics ranging from diffuse pollution to habitat creation.  They helped conduct farm walkovers to identify possible sources of pollution into watercourses, learnt how to take soil samples and helped inspire farmers on the benefits of habitat creation. A particularly good day was planting Black Poplar tree saplings, a nationally important tree due to its rarity.  One of the students Ella (pictured below, left) said “RADA provided me with an inspiring work placement, I loved being out on farms and have decided to pursue a career in this sector”.

Student Ella Wheeler Black Poplar Planting

Student Ella Wheeler Black Poplar Planting

FES Adviser Jane Atkinson Planting

FES Adviser Jane Atkinson Planting











We know that shared resources will be most effectively sustained through joint management. Fundamental to this principal is partnership working. Reaseheath has been working with United Utilities and the Environment Agency to improve quality of drinking water in our canals. Pesticides (especially metaldehyde) are difficult and costly to remove. Our aim is to reduce the pollution at the source by working closely with farmers and landowners in the Llangollen Canal Safeguard Zone.

Chem-Catching in the Llangollen Canal

Chem-Catching in the Llangollen Canal

Level 3 Student Will Cooper out chem-catching in the Willeymoor area

Level 3 Student Will Cooper out chem-catching in the Willeymoor area












Ensuring our students are equipped to enter into industry, ‘Food, Drink & Agricultural Group of the Chartered institute of marketing sponsored an event for third year students titled ‘Your Future in Agriculture & Food Question Time’ on the 1st December 2016. The students had the opportunity to ask the five strong panel key questions of what industry was looking for from students finishing this year. John Giles, Chair of CIM’s Food, Drink and Agricultural Group, Richard Ratcliffe, Chair of the Governors, Reaseheath College, Ed Lister, Cheshire Dairy Farmer, Helen Wainwright, NFU Cheshire County Adviser, David Slater, Regional, Business Manager, NWF Agriculture Ltd. Some of the areas covered included; “Use technology to drive the agricultural industry forward, embrace science, be innovative and never stop learning” – this was the key advice given to Reaseheath College students at a ‘question time’ discussion on careers in farming and food production. The event offered valuable advice on the opportunities available in the industry and the attributes employers look for when recruiting. Undergraduates and final year Extended Diploma in Agriculture students took the opportunity to question a panel of experienced advisers from across the supply chain.

The panel of advisers is joined by Reaseheath agriculture students

The panel of advisers is joined by Reaseheath agriculture students











Business Efficiency event

Women in Dairying, Cow Signals meeting, 11th October

Women in Dairy

Women in Dairying, Cow Signals meeting taking place at Reaseheath College on Tuesday 11th October starting at 10.30am.

David Ball from AHDB will be running a Cow Signals workshop which will provide useful information and insight on feed space, water availability, lying space, bulling behaviour etc.

Please enter the College via the Wettenhall Road (turn off A51) & following signs for parking. For SAT NAV use CW5 6DG.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring your own packed lunch.  Please also ensure that clean boots are worn that can be disinfected.

Meeting is kindly supported by AHDB Dairy. Can you please confirm with James Hague on 07792289386 or if you are planning on joining us