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.

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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 February 6th, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Location: Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Waterfoot
Topic: Rossendale Food & Drink Guide 2019

Speaker: Rob Carder, Chair Valley at Work

We are working on getting the new edition of the Food & Drink Guide ready. A shortlist has been produced of local businesses with high food hygiene ratings and strong customer feedback on Trip Advisor and Facebook. We are working on getting their permission to include them in the guide. At this meeting, we will reveal the shortlist and report on the latest position. We will also have a discussion on who is not on the shortlist but should be included in the guide. A tour of The Boo is also on the agenda.

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
February 6th Horse & Bamboo Theatre, Waterfoot Rob Carder Rossendale Food & Drink Guide consultation
March 13th

Ski Rossendale,

Rawtenstall

Olly White Outdoor fun!
April 3rd

Stubbylee Greenhouses,

Bacup

ACCROSS Apprenticeships
May 1st

Rossendale Radio,

Rawtenstall

Rossendale Radio Rossendale Radio
June 5th

Winter Solicitors,

Bacup

TBA TBA
July 3rd TBA TBA Valley at Work AGM
August No meeting No Meeting N/A
September 4th TBA TBA Joint meeting with RBC
October 2nd TBA TBA TBA
November 6th
December 4th Riverside, Whitworth RAwards 19 Ceremony

​​​​​​​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
Ayesha Communications Ayesha Gavin Private tuition in British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness
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
The Old Library Cafe Waterfoot Lynne Kemp ​Cafe
Mark Mills Mark Mills Consultant
Tufties Hair & Beauty Vicky Jones Salon
Rossendale High Schools David Hampson Schools!
Ninja_Coffee Matthew Devlin Mobile Coffee service
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

 

 

GrowTraffic ​Rachel Weinhold ​​​Digital Marketing
Accrington & Rossendale College Charlotte Scheffmann FE College
Rossendale Radio Pete Sweetmore The voice of Rossendale
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