As part of their Business Operations workshop, our Exploring Enterprise participants visited Kestral Foods on a work study visit. They were welcomed by Production Manager, Raymond McKeveney who took them for a behind the scenes look into the production of one of their brands, Forest Feast. It was a real eye opener for everyone who attended and a great insight into the rigours involved in food production to ensure there is no cross contamination particularly where allergens such as nuts are involved. Following a very informative tour, and having witnessed a variety of processes and operations our participants got to sample some of the finished products. They each got to take home some fair trade dried mango, one of the products they had witnessed in production.

Exploring Enterprise participants pictured with Kirsty Watson of CIDO, Eva McElroy, HR Manager and Raymond McKeveney, Production Manager, both of Kestral Foods.


Exploring Enterprise Programme (EEP) is a free programme which provides an insight into starting a business or  taking the first steps to gaining employment. You do not need to have a business idea to join. The programme offers mentoring and training at a pace tailored to your needs and you have the opportunity to work towards a CCEA Level 1 certificate in Understanding Business Enterprsie. Mentoring is provided in areas including marketing, financial planning, introduction to HMRC and assistance in job searching.

To be eligible for this programme you must be aged 16 or over, legally able to reside and work in the UK  unemployed/inactive or working/studying less than 16 hours a week. You must not be undertaking other government funded programmes at the time of joining EEP.

If you’d be interested in finding out more about the Exploring Enterprise Programme or would like to register your interest to be kept informed of dates for registration onto the next programme, please contact