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.

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​​​​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:  Thursday September 6th, 5.00pm – 8.30pm.

Please note there is no Valley at Work meeting in August
Location: The Riverside, Whitworth Civic Hall, Market Street, Whitworth OL12 8DP
Topic: Invest in Rossendale Business Event
This prestigious event is open strictly to Rossendale Businesses and budding Rossendale entrepreneurs and will see the launch of “Invest in Rossendale”. The aim of the event is to celebrate local Rossendale businesses and provide inspiration by hearing a stimulating speech from Dragon’s Den Star Piers Linney. The format of the event includes:
Question Time Panel, Business and investment opportunities and how we can continue to grow Rossendale – guest panel with Leader of the Council and business representatives. Please submit any questions about this topic to meganeastwood@rossendalebc.gov.uk
Key Note Speaker Piers Linney is a passionate businessman and a very successful entrepreneur. he is the director of the government development at British Business Bank, which has invested billions to work with UK SMEs. Piers attended Fearns School in Bacup before studying accounting and law at the University of Manchester. A former investment banker, he created the world leading Cloud service provider Outsourcery plc and is a former Dragon on the popular was a BBC Two television series Dragons’ Den. Piers also champions small businesses.
Networking and Buffet, throughout the evening there will be the opportunity to network with other like-minded Rossendale businesses and partners.
Launch of Invest In Rossendale, the Council Leader will introduce all attendees to Invest In Rossendale.

Tickets are £13.07 (£10 plus booking fee and VAT). Group table bookings are available at a reduced rate. Why not treat your staff to an inspirational evening?
Click here to get your tickets.

Forward Diary of Meetings

Date Location Main Speaker Main Topic
August No meeting No meeting No meeting
Thursday September 6th Riverside Whitworth Piers Linney Joint meeting with Rossendale Borough Council
October 3rd Ski Rossendale Olly White Outdoor fun!
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



​​​​​​​Valley at Work Full Members

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

Rob Carder​

Val Carder

Marketing Organiser

Financial Administration



​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