JUDGES face difficult decisions at this year’s Rossendale Business Awards because more businesses than ever before have been nominated.
In total 86 different businesses from part-time to community, leisure to retail have been put forward for the 12 categories.
The awards are organised by Valley at Work, which connects local businesses, and chair Rob Carder said: “I am delighted with the number of nominations and the range of different businesses that have been put forward.
“We have had nominations for hairdressers, to gardening suppliers, care homes to the very venue where our awards will be presented – The Riverside in Whitworth.
“This year 50 of those nominated are new to the awards, which shows the diversity of local businesses in Rossendale. One business received seven different nominations.”
All nominees select which categories they wish to be assessed for and all are entered into the Valley at Work award, which is presented by the Rossendale Free Press.
An independent judging panel is now assessing the entries and will be drawing up a list of finalists for each award, from which one name will be selected to win.
This year United Utilities is sponsoring the awards ceremony on November 12 at The Riverside.
Jack Martin, United Utilities external affairs manager said: “We know we’ve been a regular presence in Rossendale since January this year and we completely understand our work to upgrade the sewer network has had an impact on everyone trying to get on with their daily routine.
“It’s for this very reason we have always looked for opportunities to support not only the local community but to also highlight local businesses in Rossendale are open for business as usual.
“By sponsoring the business awards ceremony it’s our way of saying thank you to the business community for their patience during our massive £8 million project.”
The award finalists will be notified by October 22nd.