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 June 5th, 6.00pm – 8.30pm.

Location: Winter Solicitors, Winter House, Lee Street, Bacup OL13 0BQ
Speaker: Paul Bridge, U First Therapy
Topic: Modern Mental Health Approaches

Modern counselling and psychotherapy takes a vastly different approach to mental health issues. With the latest therapeutic approaches it’s possible to make rapid and effective progress without spending 12 months to 2 years in the chair. Paul will explain how work related mental health issues can be approached to relieve things like trauma in just a few sessions. As usual, there will be plenty of time to get to know all the attendees in a friendly and convivial environment. Lots of updates too.

We shall also have copies of the new food and drink guide if you haven’t got yours yet. As usual, there will be plenty of time to get to know all the attendees in a friendly and convivial environment. Lots of updates too.

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
June 5th

Winter Solicitors,


Paul Bridge

U First Therapy

Modern Mental Health Approaches
July 3rd

The Whitaker


TBA Valley at Work AGM and Social
August No meeting No Meeting N/A
Thursday, September 5th Riverside, Whitworth

James Averdieck

Founder of Gu Chocolate Puds

Joint meeting with RBC
October 2nd

Drop Off Cafe


Janet Doolan

Boost Lancashire

November 6th TBA

Paul Coppack

Shooters Media

December 4th Riverside, Whitworth RAwards 19 Ceremony

​​​​​​​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
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
Eventalist Weddings & Events Rebecca Selby Event Management
Rossendale High Schools David Hampson Schools!
Ninja_Coffee Matthew Devlin Mobile Coffee service
PetStay East Lancs & Bury Linda Healey ​Home Dog Boarding
Footage From Above Mark Walls ​Drone-based aerial photography and videography
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
DT Law Butchers Darren Law 2018 Valley at Work Award winner
Connecting East Lancashire Amanda Jenkinson Promoting a healthier workforce
Binary Plus Training James Goulding First Aid Training and First Aid Event Cover
Rossendale Leisure Trust Jodie Shenton Promoting an active and healthy Rossendale
Shiva Trust Ramana Ennis Cole Ramana Devi literature, Hindu philosophy, poverty relief, child welfare, animal sanctuary 
Ekah Foundation Anand Ennis Cole Vegan products, medicinal herbs, health and wellbeing services