Timber Boss Meets Hero on TV Garden Creation Show

byCatherine Smyth Media

A TIMBER company from Rossendale got the chance to see its products on national TV when Monty Don helped a local school’s dreams come true.

St Mary’s CE School, Hawkshaw, contacted James Stroud, owner of Rossendale Bespoke Timber on Blackburn Road, Haslingden, to ask for his help to develop the outdoor space. Continue reading “Timber Boss Meets Hero on TV Garden Creation Show”

Alison Acknowledged Among UK’s Best

by Catherine Smyth Media

A BACUP-based HR specialist has been acknowledged as among the top 10 per cent in the country in her profession.

Alison Driver, 56, of Bankside Lane, Bacup, has been running her own business Metis HR since she was made redundant six years ago.

She has just been granted Chartered Fellow status by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, CIPD, the largest professional association for human resource management in Europe.

Alison, who was a former manager at Rossendale General Hospital, said: “I am delighted that my experience and skills have been recognised by this accreditation.

“I work for 143 different businesses, mostly in the north west, and 49 of those on a regular basis, Everything from a company with just one employee to a business employing up to 65 people.

“Getting fellow status will help my business to stand out when people are seeking to employ an HR professional.

“It increases clients’ confidence because they will know the work I do is approved and accredited and it shows I have the knowledge and skills to help shape their business and deal with any HR problems.”

Alison has a degree in Institutional Management, a Masters in Business Administration, became an associate member of CIPD and then elevated her professional standing to chartered status.

“To gain fellow status I opted for an interview, which lasted an hour and 10 minutes; it was just like a job interview,” she said.

“I had to answer questions using practical examples of action I had taken with real clients to show how I was complying with the CIPD’s code of professional conduct and prove that I had the necessary skills.

“I also had to provide references to endorse and support my application.”

She has worked in management the public and charity sector, enabling her to acquire a range of tools to problem-solve whatever the client presents.

Alison said: “When you are working full-time in an industry it can be hard to see the solution to a staffing problem, but as an outsider I am able to use my industry knowledge to see things differently.

“Being granted fellow status is an endorsement that I am among the top 10 per cent of HR professionals in the UK so my clients can have confidence in that the advice I will provide for them is the best.”

To contact Alison visit www.metishr.co.uk or call 01706 565332.

All Aboard Bosun’s Barbers

by Catherine Smyth Media

A SALON in Rawtenstall has gone back to its roots and opened a traditional barbershop.

Nautical-themed Bosun’s Barbers is on the top deck of Antony and Patricia, A&P, in Bank Street.

It reflects the history of A&P Director Tony Winder when in 1967 he went to sea as a cruise ship’s barber initially on the SS Southern Cross then SS Oriana when he circumnavigated the globe several times. Continue reading “All Aboard Bosun’s Barbers”

Made In Rossendale Timber Goods Brighten Christmas

by Catherine Smyth Media

HUNDREDS of people will be opening presents on Christmas Day that have been made in Rossendale.

James Stroud, owner of Rossendale Bespoke Timber in Blackburn Road, Haslingden, decided to apply for a stall at Manchester Christmas Markets, which attract 9.6million visitors over six weeks.

Every stall has 70 businesses competing for the pitch, but his novel hand crafted wooden items proved an instant hit with the organisers. Continue reading “Made In Rossendale Timber Goods Brighten Christmas”

Dance Festival Brings North West Best to Rossendale

Words byCatherine Smyth Media

Photo by Nic @ Little Picture Loft

HUNDREDS of dancers from all over the North West packed a Haslingden school for a three-day dance festival.

Nearly 100 trophies were handed out at the fourth Dansworks Theatre Festival held at Haslingden Primary School.

Dansworks Dance Academy, based at Pioneer Buildings in Bacup, introduced a local festival because its pupils enter competitions all around the country and it was decided it would be good to have a competition nearer home. Continue reading “Dance Festival Brings North West Best to Rossendale”

Food Group Plans Town Centre Community Cafe

By Catherine Smyth Media

A FOOD Group has relocated and will be opening a community café at in Rawtenstall hopefully by Christmas.

Since April this year the group had been meeting in the community room at St Mary’s CE School, Rawtenstall, but now organisers have obtained a grant to make changes to the Positive Start building on Bury Road, Rawtenstall, across from the Fire Station. Continue reading “Food Group Plans Town Centre Community Cafe”