About

Valley at Work was established in 2007 to help connect businesses within the Rossendale area.

Valley at Work is a business association organised by small businesses for small businesses. Whether you run a business in Rossendale, or trade in Rossendale, or are planning a to start a business in Rossendale you are welcome to join us at our regular meetings.

Here you can find out who is who in Rossendale business, connect to local suppliers and find new contacts, ideas and help, all over a coffee and a biscuit. We have great guest speakers each month who give up their time to offer advice in their own areas of expertise to help the rest of us.

Valley at Work is inclusive (everyone is welcome), friendly and aims to be a point of help and communication with and between local businesses.

Contact us

​​​​Valley at Work Meetings

We meet between 6pm and 8.30pm, at a local venue, on the first Wednesday of every month.

With the exception of the Rossendale Business Awards ceremony in November and the AGM in July, all our meetings are free of charge to attend (unless there is food), and everyone is welcome.

Our meetings are deliberately friendly and informal – there’s plenty of time to circulate and get to know everyone. You are not obliged to pitch your business or provide referrals for other attendees.

If you would like to come along to any meeting, or you would like to receive regular email updates, please contact enquiries@valleyatwork.co.uk and let us know.

Next Meeting:  Wednesday October 3rd, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Location: The Whitaker,  Haslingden Road, Rawtenstall BB4 6RE
Topic: The Next Rossendale Food & Drink Guide Starts Here
I know, it only seems like 5 minutes since the 2018 guide was published, but its time to start thinking about the next one! How can we improve it? Who should have been in the last one, but for some reason wasn’t included? Which new food & drink businesses have started up? Who has closed? All questions to be considered, along with many others at our next meeting. We’ll also take a look at ideas about ho to build on the success of the first guide with other food and drink related projects.

Everyone is welcome at this Valley at Work meeting. Its free to attend, and you can be assured of a friendly welcome!

Forward Diary of Meetings

Date Location Main Speaker Main Topic
October 3rd The Whitaker Rob Carder The next food and drink guide
November 14th Riverside Whitworth No Speaker RAwards18 Ceremony
December 5th The Old Library Cafe, Waterfoot Alison Driver Valley at Work Works Do: Teahouse of HorroR 4
January 9th Cassons Haslingden Ayesha Gavin Sign Language for Business People
February 6th Horse and Bamboo, Waterfoot TBA TBA
March 6th Ski Rossendale Olly White Outdoor fun!
April 3rd TBA TBA TBA

 

 

​​​​​​​Valley at Work Full Members

​Business Contact​ Activity ​Social Media ​Valley at Work
​ImpSMART

Rob Carder​

Val Carder

Marketing Organiser

Financial Administration

​Chair

Secretary

​Metis HR Alison Driver​  HR Services

​Committee Member
June Kirkham​ ​June Kirkham Committee Member​
David Gould Opticians David Gould​ Opticians
​Berrisford Advertising Pete Berrisford​ Design and Print
​Catherine Smyth Media Catherine Smyth​ PR Services
​Liz Henson Photography Liz Hall​ ​Corporate Photography ​Committee Member
​Winter Solicitors Ruth Winter​ Solicitors
AIMS Accountants Richard Nolan​ ​Accountants ​Treasurer
Enterprise and Development Consulting Andy Macnae​ Consultant
Cassons Accountants Jill Murray​ Accountants
Tricketts Insurance Brokers Janine Packman Insurance Brokers
Melbec Microbiology Lisa Green Research and testing
Rosso Philip Smith Bus Services
Visit Rossendale Guy Darragh Visit Rossendale
Rossendale Borough Council Guy Darragh ​Local Authority
Premier Web Consultancy  Ian Henry Website  Designers
​BIB Services Simone Cudworth​ Business Insurance Brokers​
​Woodcocks Haworth Nuttall Stacey McCann​ ​Solicitors
Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery Dawn Tozer  Jewellery & Accessories
First Choice Credit Union Enquiries ​Credit Union
​Chic Boutique Travel Lisa Mousley​ ​Travel Agent
Walking on Glass Alexis Valentine ​Bespoke Engraved Glass
Flightdeck Experience Vicky Everson ​Flight Simulator
Mark Mills Mark Mills Consultant
Tufties Hair & Beauty Vicky Jones Salon
Rossendale High Schools David Hampson Schools!
Dementia Friendly Rossendale ​Brian Topping ​Helping people with dementia live well
PetStay East Lancs & Bury Linda Healey ​Home Dog Boarding
​P & M Coppack Mark Coppack ​Air Conditioning
Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts Karen Roe / Dale Connearn Dance and Performing Arts School

 

 

​Nick Smith Motor Repairs ​​Nick Smith/ Claire Smith ​​Motor Repairs Garage
GrowTraffic ​Rachel Weinhold ​​​Digital Marketing
Accrington & Rossendale College Charlotte Scheffmann FE College
Rossendale Radio Pete Sweetmore The voice of Rossendale – coming soon!
JW Churnside & Son​  Michael Churnside Funeral Care
Hazelwood Homecare​ Jill Allen​ Domicilary Care Agency
Horse & Bamboo Theatre  Jenn Threthewey Puppet & Mask Theatre Company
Agape Funeral Service Sharon Aspinall​ Funeral Directors
Fisherman’s Retreat Garry Grimshaw Bar, restaurant & wedding venue
Dennons UK Nigel Barker Stationery and Office Furniture
Olly’s Woodland Learning Olly White Let’s have an adventure, every day