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, usually on the first Wednesday of every month.

With the exception of the Rossendale Business Awards ceremony in December 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 April 6th 2022, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Location: The Old Library Cafe, Bridge End House, Bacup Road, Waterfoot BB4 7AW

Speaker: Brian Ollerton WHN Solicitors

Topic: Financial Services


This meeting, like most of our others, is free of charge to attend, although you may have to buy your own drinks.

Everyone is always welcome at a Valley at Work meeting, whether it’s virtual or not! Please come along and join us if you can.

Forward Diary of Meetings

Date Location Main Speaker Main Topic
Wednesday April 6th

The Old Library Cafe


Brian Ollerton

WHN Solicitors

Financial Services
Wednesday May 4th

Market Street Kitchen


Dotty Davies

Rossendale Scouts

Scouting and Business – your future workforce
Wednesday June 1st TBA TBA TBA

​​​​​​​Valley at Work Full Members

​Business Contact​ Activity ​Valley at Work

Rob Carder​

Val Carder



​Metis HR Alison Driver​  HR Services ​Committee Member
David Gould Opticians David Gould​ Opticians
​Berrisford Advertising Pete Berrisford​ Design and Print
​Catherine Smyth Media Catherine Smyth​ PR Services ​Committee Member
​Liz Henson Photography Liz Hall​ ​Corporate Photography ​Committee Member
​Winter Solicitors Ruth Winter​ Solicitors

​Vice Chair


Tricketts Insurance Brokers Janine Packman Insurance Brokers
Finlay Jude Associates Lisa Greenhalgh Recruitment Consultants
Visit Rossendale Guy Darragh Visit Rossendale
Rossendale Borough Council Guy Darragh ​Local Authority
​BIB Services Simone Cudworth​ Business Insurance Brokers​
​Woodcocks Haworth Nuttall Sam Gibbs​ ​Solicitors
Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery Dawn Tozer  Jewellery & Accessories
Walking on Glass Alexis Valentine ​Bespoke Engraved Glass ​Committee Member
Rossendale High Schools Jo Griffiths Schools!
PetStay East Lancs & Bury Linda Healey ​Home Dog Boarding
Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts Karen Roe / Dale Connearn Dance and Performing Arts School


GrowTraffic ​Rachel Weinhold ​​​Digital Marketing
Nelson & Colne College Group Charlotte Scheffmann FE College
Horse & Bamboo Theatre  Jenn Threthewey Puppet & Mask Theatre Company
Rossendale Mediation Jackie Kenny Alternative Dispute Resolution
Coaty Developments Michael Coatman Consultant
P4otos Dan Buckley Elevated, Architectural & Drone Photography
Business Over Breakfast (NW) Tracy Heatley Business Networking Group
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Miranda Barker Chamber of Commerce