There’s no better time to invest in Cheshire says racing hub

Posted on 28th April 2014

The University of Chester has joined forces with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) to support the launch a new video highlighting the benefits and opportunities for equine businesses in and around Cheshire.

Produced by the Cheshire Racing Hub, a one-year British Horseracing Authority and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) funded project, the short film was produced to highlight an area fit for industry and showcases the best Cheshire has to offer in terms of breadth of businesses, infrastructure and skills.

Cheshire is well known for its equine activity and the film, Investing in Cheshire’s Equine Sector, highlights the number of high profile venues and personalities across the many disciplines, including the country’s oldest racecourse at Chester. It also recognises that there is significant growth potential throughout the sector.

The film will be shown across the county and region with the aim of promotion and raising awareness and will be released at a good time for equine businesses in Cheshire as Bolesworth’s show jumping event goes international (CSI3*) this year.

This adds yet another international show in the Olympic disciplines to the equestrian calendar – the third in Cheshire following SouthView (CSI3*) and the Show Jumping British Masters, as well as eventing at Somerford Park (CIC1* and CIC2*). Further to this the number of horse racing trainers expressing an interest to locate in Cheshire is growing.

The racing industry in Cheshire is always showcased at Chester Racecourse’s May Festival, the three-day fixture in the racing calendar, drawing crowds of up to 20,000 on one day.

Kay Kent, Chair of the Cheshire Racing Hub and University of Chester representative on the project, said: “We are delighted to have produced a film which highlights Cheshire’s full potential and we are thankful to all those who assisted in filming, highlighting what a truly special place Cheshire is to do business within. 

“Speaking from the education sector, it’s particular exciting and encouraging to see so many diverse businesses across training, veterinary science and technology investing in its people and providing such a diverse range of employment opportunities within the industry.” 

Christopher Capes, Rural Regeneration Team Manager at CWaC, added: “Cheshire has always had a very strong equine link and we are already very proud of the diverse and successful businesses located here. The aim of the short film is to highlight to other businesses or business owners who may be looking to re-locate, how strong Cheshire’s offering is.”

The Investing in Cheshire’s Equine Sector DVD was produced by Equine Productions and complements videos produced earlier in the year on careers within the racing industry in Cheshire. All videos can be viewed at www.cheshireracinghub.co.uk or on the Cheshire Racing Hub YouTube channel.