Students support local businesses this Christmas

Our business and events management students partnered with with Etsy South Cheshire to organise a Christmas Artisan Market. The festive event took place on Saturday 3rd December in the historic Reaseheath Hall and featured 37 stalls full of handmade and vintage gifts from local designers and makers. Over 300 shoppers attended the event.


First TEDx Nantwich proves big hit with help from events management students

A packed audience at the Nantwich Civic Hall enjoyed the town’s inaugural TEDxNantwich.

TEDxNantwich was organised by Melanie Howe and supported by local volunteers including Reaseheath business and event management students. Our students were involved in helping the whole event from set up, serving tea and coffee to supporting guest speakers.

The event involved eight speakers who each delivered informative presentations, which were filmed to be uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel.

Business students presenting RAG cheque to the SA 1mb

2016 RAG fundraising round-up

Business students presenting RAG cheque to the SA 1mb

Congratulations to our business and events management students who have raised a whooping £2451.29 for our RAG (Raising and Giving) charity, British Heart Foundation!

Both year 1 and 2 Events Management and Access to HE students organised a variety of events throughout the year including a pub quiz, Christmas fair, vintage fair and food festival, a Hawaiian themed social, charity auction and a fashion show.


Students experience Business Live!

26 Business and Events Management Level 3 students (both Year 1 and Year 2) along with three members of staff spent three exciting and informative days at Disneyland Paris for a business conference, ‘Business Live!’.

The conference, held at Disneyland Paris, gave students the chance to hear from some top business influencers, including Claire Dickson from The Walt Disney Company.
Another speaker, Linda Moir (former Head of In-Flight Services, Virgin Atlantic), talked about her experience managing volunteers, using the example of her role of providing the Games Makers for the London 2012 Olympics. Joe McEwan (Head of Digital and Communities, Innocent Drinks) then went on to highlight the vital role that an online presence and social media plays in business development and sustainability.

Students also had the opportunity to explore Disneyland and do some shopping at the Val d’Europe shopping centre. All in all a very successful trip which gave the students a good insight into how businesses in a variety of sectors need to provide excellent customer service to be successful.





The students are now busy planning our study tour for next year, so watch this space!

business students at bolesworth

Business and events management students get hands-on at Bolesworth International

business students at bolesworth

Level 3 Diploma in Business and Events Management made themselves indispensable at Bolesworth International by helping with the organisation of some major visitor attractions.

Twelve students, accompanied by staff, worked for all four days of the Ashford Farm sponsored 4 star event. Their duties ranged from helping to set up for the grand opening ceremony to shepherding 800 school children between activities during the Bolesworth Schools Day. They also looked after the Cheshire Police bands.

Our students also carried out useful market research with over 300 visitors which will help inform the organisers when they plan future events. As well as gaining high level event management experience, the team also benefitted from training sessions held at college.

Bolesworth International Event Co-ordinator Howard Blythe said: “We were delighted with the input of the students, who quickly became part of the Bolesworth team and took on responsible and useful roles. In particular, the results of their market research on customer satisfaction will be extremely important to us.”

Bolesworth International has indicated that it would like to develop further links with Reaseheath’s event management department. There is a strong possibility that some of the students, along with the equine team who provided the showjumping arena party at Bolesworth, will be invited to Liverpool International Horse Show, a new family extravaganza being held at the city’s Echo Arena on Jan 1-3.

Caption: Event management students Sammy Clare and Abi Bore with course managers Elayne Frost and Jayne Cawood at Bolesworth International

Business and events students and staff cheque handover

Business and Events students raise money for RAG

Business and events students and staff cheque handover

An impressive £2,849 has been raised by Business and Events Management students and staff for this year’s RAG (Raising and Giving) appeal.

The students collected the proceeds from activities they organised as part of their course, ranging from a Christmas fair, a Decades Party and four student social events to raffles and a table top sale. They also organised children’s activities at our Lambing Weekends.

Last week the students handed over a cheque to members of the Student Association which brought the total raised through RAG this year to a record breaking £20,800.

Student Association President Rob Sparkes said: “This was a fantastic effort by the business and events department which has helped us make this year’s RAG really special.”

Yet more money continues to roll in for RAG, which this year goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. The total amount raised will be handed over to the charity tomorrow evening (Tuesday 23rd) before the Student Summer Ball.

Caption: Business and Events students Sarah Wood, Emma Thompson, Abi Bore, Georgina Gosmore, Saffy Buckley, Amy Horton and Hannah Lomas are joined by Course Managers Elayne Frost and Jayne Cawood and Head of Department Hazel Shimmin as they prepare to hand over their cheque

BEST awards

A Stake in the Future of Reaseheath

The business and events management team recently held their first ever stakeholder event, ‘The BEST Awards’, celebrating our links with local businesses.

Singer songwriter Matthew Sellors provides the entertainment.

Singer songwriter Matthew Sellors provides the entertainment.

Local business partners and associates were invited to the event held at Reaseheath Hall as a thank you for supporting the department over the last year (many local businesses provide students with work experience, come to college as guest speakers and offer opportunities for trips and visits for students). The event was a great chance for guests to network with other industry professionals along with an excellent opportunity to learn more about future plans and how they could continue to support us.

The BEST Awards ceremony was planned and managed by the students of Year 1 Foundation Degree in Rural Events Management, and they were supported by volunteers from BTEC Level 3 Business and Events courses.

The evening’s agenda, compered by Dave Kynaston, included speakers from the College and partner organisations, a presentation of a number of awards, as well as entertainment from singer/songwriter Matthew Sellors. It was rounded off with a raffle to raise money for this year’s RAG charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed the event and gave the organisers some excellent feedback. One participant said “a very interesting evening, very smoothly organised with great food and ambient atmosphere.”

Hazel Shimmin, Business and Events Management Curriculum Area Manager, thanked all the attendees for their involvement with the College and presented the awards.

BEST awards

Award winners included:

Best Visit Award – Nicola Carter, McDonalds (Whitchurch Franchise)

Awarded to the company who provided us with the best and most informative visit for our students.

McDonalds have hosted a number of visits for us this year and helped students to see first-hand how recruitment processes work in large organisations.

Best Business Placement – Kirsty Croft, Tiers & Tiaras

Awarded to the company who gave our students the best overall placement and offered further opportunities.

Kirsty is an inspirational young business woman who has been a great role model for 3 of our students through work placements over the last 2 years. She has continued to employ students outside of work placement so they get a variety of business experience.

3.Hazel Shimmin presents the Best Events Placement Award to Jenny Peake of Douglas McMillian Hospice

3. Hazel Shimmin presents the Best Events Placement Award to Jenny Peake of Douglas McMillian Hospice

Best Events Placement – Jenny Peake, Douglas Macmillian Hospice

Awarded to the company who offered the best placement to our events students. Our work placement student said “they made me feel so much a part of the team”.  She felt that the experience she gained during the placement was invaluable and that the work they do is so important to everyone in the local area.

Best Contribution to the Community – Dave James, Cheshire Rangers

Awarded to the company who has contributed the most to the local community, making an influential difference.

Two of our students enjoyed placements at Cheshire Rangers, they were impressed with the difference they could make.

Best Contribution to the Business and Events Department – Howard Blythe, Bolesworth International Show

This award is given to the company who has provided the business and events department with continuous support and contributed to the student’s development.

Howard is working to prepare our students to volunteer at the prestigious Bolesworth International Show in June. Students will learn how such a large event is planned and organised.


Kate Sherwin, one of the degree students involved in organising the event said: “this was a great opportunity to put everything we have learnt on the course into practice by organising a real event for our business contacts. It was an enjoyable and challenging experience, and the whole team worked well together.”

All in all, the event was considered a great success, and we hope that it will become a regular feature in our events schedule for years to come.

By Jill Dunn, Lecturer/Course Manager, Business and Events Management