BUSINESSES are urged to celebrate their success as a host of new categories are announced for the prestigious Rossendale Business Awards .
It will be the sixth year the awards have been held and last year’s event attracted the largest ever number of entries and 200 people attended the ceremony at The Riverside in Whitworth.
This year organisers Valley at Work have already secured sponsors for 12 different categories including the ever popular Made in Rossendale and Community Business and some new additions.
Valley at Work chair Rob Carder said: “Rossendale Business Awards is a celebration of local entrepreneurship and talent and a chance to showcase and evaluate your businesses success.
“This year we are having a Customer Friendly Business award, sponsored by estate agency Farrow and Farrow and Dementia Friendly Rossendale.
“This will be judged on the strength of customer nominations a business receives and how they support customers as well as the application submitted by the nominee.
“Our Part-time category will now reward not only those who divide their time between business creation and other commitments but also those who have a business idea that has potential to fly.
“One of our major aims this year is to attract larger businesses in Rossendale to enter and we are grateful for the continued support of one of the Valley’s largest companies JJO.”
Last year’s winner of the Valley at Work award was Tufties Hair and Beauty in Rawtenstall. The salon opened a ‘one stop shop’ at the former pub the Rams Head overcoming many hurdles along the way.
Owner Victoria Jones said: “Entering competitions is something the whole team gets involved in and it provides an ideal opportunity for reflection on what we do.
“Fortunately the business has a good track record and we have been successful, so entering vindicates what we do. Winning is good for business and also good for morale.”
Another winner was Retail Business of the Year Mark Harrison Butcher of Rawtenstall.
Mark’s wife Caron also works in the business. She said: “Entering the awards makes you evaluate where you are at the moment and what you have achieved so far.
“Being nominated meant we felt we had a right to give ourselves a pat on the back.”
Nominations will open for this year’s Rossendale Business Awards from mid-August to the end of September with the ceremony being held in November.
Valley at Work was set up eight years ago and is run by and for small businesses. Monthly meetings are held when speakers present on a business topic and members get the chance to expand their local contacts.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Valley at Work page on social networking site Facebook.
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Award categories and sponsors
Business of the Year – Cassons
Made in Rossendale – JJO
Enterprising Young Person – Rossendale High Schools
Customer Friendly Business – Farrow and Farrow and Dementia Friendly Rossendale
New Business – Rossendale Borough Council
Micro Business – Vicky Callan Soft Furnishing
Retail Business – Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce
Employer of the Year – Metis HR
Tourism Business – Promoting Rossendale Group
Creative Business – Open Door Media
Community Business – Woodcock, Haworth and Nuttall
Part-time Business – Winter Solicitors