A huge ‘thank you’ to our sponsors

A programme of events such as Taste North East Wales takes quite a bit of pulling together. Especially when it is totally new and needs a website, branding and systems.

So, it has been brilliant that we have had the support of public sector partners and some great businesses who have taken a punt on something totally new and added cash and their names to Taste North East Wales.

We would like to thank …..

Compass Financial

Located in the market town of Ruthin, Compass Financial has over 100 years of combined experience in the financial services industry. It offers clients a professional and highly personalised financial planning service including financial goal setting, retirement planning, investments and wealth management, savings, inheritance tax planning and support in managing personal finances.

Director & Principal, Adam Stubbings said ‘I am so pleased to be working with Taste North East Wales. As a foodie myself it is great to be associated with this celebration of the amazing food & drink produced in North East Wales and the great retail and hospitality businesses we have here.’

Tate & Lyle

Where would any food manufacturer or artisan producer of delicious things be without high quality ingredients?

Tate & Lyle’s heritage stretches back 160 years, including more than 20 years in Mold, Flintshire, where the Company operates a facility producing products for the food and beverage industry that meet global food manufacturing requirements.

Tate & Lyle is proud to support Taste North East Wales in celebrating locally produced food and drink.

Blakemore Foundation

Blakemore Retail SPAR forms part of the A.F. Blakemore group. It is supporting Taste North East Wales through its own charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation. 

During the 2018/19 financial year the Blakemore Foundation donated more than £433,000 to 7,414 local good causes across the company’s trading area in England and Wales. 

Fairway Design

Fairway Design to Print has been in Flint since 1999 and focusses on design and high-quality print and have recently added embroidery to their range of services.  They have a dedicated team of graphic designers with a wealth of experience and ideas to help create & develop business brands. Business owner John Fenwick said ‘we are delighted to be working with Taste North East Wales and have created their onsite Banners and Flags. I love the idea of locally sourced food and this is an amazing celebration of the local food & drink produced in North East Wales. www.fairway-design.co.uk

Grousemoor Country House Llandegla

A big thank you to The Grousemoor Country House who hosted our gathering of participating businesses in advance of the Taste North East Wales Launch.

This high quality, recently refurbished accommodation and events venue provided the perfect setting for businesses to come together to share and inspire with their amazing programme of events. The day also hosted Simon Wright of Wright’s Food emporium and ex AA Hotel Guide Editor, who enjoyed the warm hospitality, great accommodation & food. www.thegrousemoor.co.uk

Eastwood Media

Also based in Llandegla, Eastwood Media are a creative concept media company offering services from film production, photography, 360 videos and animation. They specialise in outdoor productions and have a very skilled drone team, working for clients at home and abroad in motor racing, tourism, sporting events and industry.

Eastwood Media  produced the video footage for the Taste North East Wales website and social media campaign and said ‘it’s been great working with the Taste Team. We filmed the white water rafting on the Dee and it’s such a great idea linking the wonderful food & drink of North East Wales with our landscape and natural resources.  We also visited some of the businesses involved in the events programme and it was brilliant to see them at work and I really appreciated the care and passion that makes this such a special place to live and work’.

Public sector support

Within the public sector Taste North East Wales is supported for its first 2 years by:

The Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020

This fund is financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the Welsh Government.

This project is supported by Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Local Action Groups, administered by Cadwyn Clwyd Cyfyngedig which is a Rural Development Agency providing guidance and support to develop and diversify the rural economy across the 3 Counties using European Union, UK domestic and private sector funds.

The Company focuses on actions, which stimulate grass-root participation, partnership working and innovation to support projects for rural communities and sector groups. It works directly with local communities to assist in the development and implementation of projects, which benefit the area’s local economy.

The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty  : Sustainable Development Fund

The primary purpose of the AONB is to conserve and enhance natural beauty which includes the landscape, flora, fauna and geological features but also preserving it as a living, working landscape.

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), set up by the Welsh Government and co-ordinated by the Natural Resources Wales provides grants for innovative, sustainable environment projects involving local communities in the AONB.

David Shiel, AONB Officer said ‘Taste North East Wales is a great example of a project that aims to support and develop thriving local business. We love to see food & drink producers and hospitality businesses using the best local produce. At the end of the day food production & farming are fundamental to the landscape of the area and sustainable tourism is a key to the local economy.’

North East Wales Local Authorities

Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council and Wrexham County Brough Council are key partners in making a financial contribution to match the European Rural Development Programme funding and also supporting far more broadly through promoting through their networks, encouraging their local businesses to get involved and providing support and expertise during the development phase.