words by Catherine Smyth Media
photo by Liz Henson Photography
JUDGES will face a tough task as they assess the nominations for this year’s prestigious Rossendale Business Awards.
An incredible 152 different businesses were nominated, some several times, compared to last year’s total of 86.
The awards are organised by Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, and chair Rob Carder said: “The organisers are delighted with the success of this year’s awards which has grown substantially since the first event six years ago.
“We had some new awards this year, including for the first time one that customers had to nominate the business – the customer friendly award – and we had nearly 30 businesses nominated.
“I am grateful to all the businesses that have spent time completing entry forms and I am sure they will give our judges a lot to consider when they determine the finalists in each category.”
All nominees select which categories they wish to be assessed for and all are entered into the Valley at Work award, which is presented by the Rossendale Free Press.
Categories are: independent retailer, made in Rossendale, apprentice, enterprising young person, business of the year, new business, creative business, micro business, part time business, customer friendly, employer of the year, community business and tourism business.
The awards ceremony on November 11 will be held at The Riverside, Whitworth, and it is set to be a busy night.
Tickets are £20, Valley at Work members and shortlisted businesses will receive 1 free ticket. If you would like to reserve tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The finalists will be notified before the end of October.