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 August 4th, 6.00pm – 8.00pm.

Location: The Boo, 679 Bacup Road, Waterfoot BB4 7HB

Speaker: No speaker

Topic: Valley at Work AGM/Social

We have delayed this meeting from July, as restrictions have put freedom day back by 4 weeks. The Valley at Work AGM is a very short meeting where our accounts for 2020/21 are approved and the committee/chair are elected/re-elected. To celebrate being able to meet in person again, the rest of the meeting will be a social event, a chance to meet up and simply talk to each other. There will be food available, and the bar will be open. If the weather is fine, The Boo has an excellent outdoor area where we can gather!

Everyone is always welcome at a Valley at Work meeting, whether it’s virtual or not! Please come along and join us if you can.

Forward Diary of Meetings

Date Location Main Speaker Main Topic
August 4th The Boo Valley at Work AGM Social
Thursday, September 2nd TBA TBA Joint Meeting with RBC and EL Chamber
Wednesday, October 6th TBA

Daniel Buckley


Using Video to Promote Your Business
Wednesday, November 3rd TBA TBA TBA
Wednesday, December 1st The Riverside RAwards Ceremony

​​​​​​​Valley at Work Full Members

​Business Contact​ Activity ​Valley at Work

Rob Carder​

Val Carder



​Metis HR Alison Driver​  HR Services ​Committee Member
David Gould Opticians David Gould​ Opticians
​Berrisford Advertising Pete Berrisford​ Design and Print
​Catherine Smyth Media Catherine Smyth​ PR Services ​Committee Member
​Liz Henson Photography Liz Hall​ ​Corporate Photography ​Committee Member
​Winter Solicitors Ruth Winter​ Solicitors ​Committee Member
Tricketts Insurance Brokers Janine Packman Insurance Brokers
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
​BIB Services Simone Cudworth​ Business Insurance Brokers​
​Woodcocks Haworth Nuttall Sam Gibbs​ ​Solicitors
Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery Dawn Tozer  Jewellery & Accessories
Walking on Glass Alexis Valentine ​Bespoke Engraved Glass ​Committee Member
Rossendale High Schools Jo Griffiths Schools!
PetStay East Lancs & Bury Linda Healey ​Home Dog Boarding
Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts Karen Roe / Dale Connearn Dance and Performing Arts School


GrowTraffic ​Rachel Weinhold ​​​Digital Marketing
Nelson & Colne College Group Charlotte Scheffmann FE College
Horse & Bamboo Theatre  Jenn Threthewey Puppet & Mask Theatre Company
Agape Funeral Service Sharon Aspinall​ Funeral Directors
Kay’s Fish and Chips Marcus Kay Fish and Chip Shop
Mark Mills Mark Mills Business Consultant 
Business Over Breakfast (NW) Tracy Heatley Business Networking Group
Liz Pollard Consultancy Liz Pollard Business Coaching
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Miranda Barker Chamber of Commerce 
Anna’s Cafe Bar Anna Federici Valley at Work Award Winner 2020