Winners of Rossendale Business Awards Announced

Photo by Liz Henson Photography

Words by Catherine Smyth Media

A SPECTACULAR celebration of Rossendale businesses saw The Riverside in Whitworth packed with more than 200 people.

The sixth annual Rossendale Business Awards saw two Mayors open the ceremony, the Mayor of Whitworth Councillor Lynda Barnes and the Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Marilyn Proctor.

They praised the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Rossendale and the diverse range of businesses.

“It goes to show just what we have to offer in this Valley,” said Councillor Barnes.

The awards are organised by Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, and Chair Rob Carder said: “The quality of the entries was of a very high standard making the job of the judging panel them a real challenge.”

When pet care business BowWowMiaow , from Haslingden, was announced as the winner of the prestigious Valley at Work Award owner Chloe Taylor was in shock.

She was presented with a beautiful trophy engraved by Alexis Valentine from Walking On Glass.

Chloe said: “We were up against such big, big businesses, which have had such an influence in the Valley.

“This is the first time doing anything like this and I didn’t expect to win. It is amazing and the award is going to Doggy Day Care so everyone can see it.

“BowWowMiaow is not just me and it wouldn’t work without everyone involved. We are a small business but we have big ideas to become bigger.”

As it was Armistice Day, Veterans In Communities Singing Group sang during the interval.

A raffle was also held on the night, organised by joint winner of the Community Business Award the M3 Project, from Rawtenstall, and it raised more than £400 for the charity for its work with young homeless people and families.


Valley at Work Award sponsored by Valley at Work

Winner: BowWowMiaow

Business of the Year sponsored by Cassons

Winner: JJO plc

Highly Commended: Tricketts Insurance Brokers

Made In Rossendale sponsored by JJO

Winner: Northern Joinery

Highly Commended: Riley’s Butchers

New Business sponsored by Rossendale Borough Council

Winner: The Artisan

Highly Commended: The Dearden Tea Rooms

Customer Friendly Business sponsored by Farrow and Farrow; Dementia Friendly Rossendale

Winner: Parrock Lumb Cottages

Enterprising Young Person sponsored by Rossendale’s High Schools

Winner: Annie Ryder

Highly Commended: Shahrin Nahar and Nicola Turner

MicroBusiness sponsored by Vicky Callan Soft Furnishings

Winner: Melbec Microbiology

Independent Retailer sponsored by Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce

Winner: Ruby and Daisy

Creative Business sponsored by Open Door Media

Winner: Dansworks Dance Academy

Highly Commended: Big Tank Productions Ltd

Community Business sponsored by WHN Solicitors

Winners: M3 Project and The RAFT Foundation

Tourism Business sponsored by Promoting Rossendale Board

Winner: The Whitaker

Highly Commended: Horse and Bamboo Theatre

Part-Time Business sponsored by Winter Solicitors

Winner: Wardrobe Boutique

Highly Commended: Jo Jingles

Employer of the Year sponsored by Metis HR

Winner: Hazelwood Homecare

Apprenticeship sponsored by Valley at Work

Winner: Rossendale Bespoke Timber

Highly Commended: Heads Above

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