Here are the Award Categories and their Sponsors for the 2018 Rossendale Business Awards.

You can nominate a business for two of the categories: the Valley at Work Award or the Accessible Business Award (which automatically nominates them for the Valley at Work Award too). Every nominated business is contacted by us, so we can send them an entry form. They choose which other categories they want to enter. If you think that a particular category from the list suits the business you are nominating to a ‘T’, say so on your nomination form and we shall pass the message on.

There are two other (standalone) categories you can nominate for: Enterprising Young Person and Enterprising Woman. These are special awards created to celebrate the achievements of specific groups.

Award Categories Sponsors You can enter this category if… Award Criteria
Valley at Work Award Valley at Work You are a nominated Rossendale business. Every business that is nominated is nominated for this award. All nominated businesses then choose which other categories they wish to enter. This category celebrates the best of the best. The winner of this category will be a local business that is, in the opinion of the judging panel and the Valley at Work committee, the best nominated for any award category this year. The winning business will be a beacon of inspiration for all.
Business of the Year Cassons Your business has 5 or more employees. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most successful and sustainable Rossendale-based business nominated this year with 5 or more employees. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • Improved business performance since April 2017
  • Sound business and financial planning
  • Success in overcoming challenges to drive forward its business plan
  • Staff involvement and motivation to meet business objectives
  • A clear plan for future growth of the organisation.
Invest in Rossendale Award Rossendale Borough Council You have started trading since April 1st 2017. The winner of this award will be a new Rossendale-based business (started trading since April 1st 2017) that, in the opinion of the judging panel, has been the most successful start-up. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • Performance against initial business objectives
  • Sound business, marketing and financial planning
  • Success in overcoming challenges to drive forward your business plan
  • A team ethos and motivation to meet business objectives.
Enterprising Young Person Rossendale High Schools You are 18 or younger and have achieved something enterprising. The winner of this award will be a young person or a team of young people (18 or under) from Rossendale that, it in the opinion of the judging panel, has achieved the most from their enterprise education since April 2017.

  • This may be through a work experience placement, a school-based enterprise competition or an enterprising project
  • They will have described their enterprising activity, what was achieved and how they have benefited from this achievement
  • There will be supporting statements from local businesses where appropriate.
Food & Drink Business Valley at Work Your business makes and/or serves food and/or drink. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most impressive local business that makes and/or serves food and/or drink nominated this year. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • What is impressive/unique about their food and/or drink business
  • Improved business performance since April 2017
  • Sound business, marketing and financial planning
  • Success in overcoming challenges to drive forward their plans
Employer of the Year Metis HR Ltd You are a private, public or community sector organisation with an office in Rossendale. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, Rossendale’s employer of choice: the organisation that best attracts, retains and develops talent that contributes to sustainable success. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate that:

  • Organisational performance has improved since April 2017
  • Employees are fully engaged in achieving strategic goals and organisational values
  • Effective staff training, development, retention and recruitment practices have contributed to success
  • Investment in people has created a more open, collaborative and inclusive work culture.
MicroBusiness Melbec Microbiology Your business has between 2 and 4 employees. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most successful and sustainable Rossendale-based microbusiness nominated this year. The microbusiness will have been since before April 2017. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • A clear vision and rationale for the MicroBusiness
  • A strong, evidenced track record of success since April 2017
  • Plans for future growth and business development.
Not for Profit Award Woodcocks, Haworth and Nuttall You are a not for profit business, social enterprise, charity or community project. The winner of this award will be a nominated Rossendale based not for profit business, social enterprise or charity that has, in the opinion of the judging panel, made significant improvements in the last year (since April 2017). Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • Improved performance since April 2017
  • The positive impact of their activities on the community or beneficiaries
  • Community engagement
  • Effective, balanced leadership across governance and operations
  • Financial sustainability not wholly reliant on statutory funding
Visit Rossendale Award Visit Rossendale Your business is associated with the tourism and leisure sector. The winner of this award will be a Rossendale-based attraction, business or event associated with the tourism, hospitality or leisure business associated with the tourism and leisure sector that has, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made an outstanding contribution to Rossendale’s visitor economy since April 2017. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • What their outstanding contribution to the local visitor economy has been
  • Improved business performance since April 2017
  • Evidence of high levels of visitor satisfaction with their attraction, business or event
  • Powerful and effective marketing to showcase their attraction, business or event.
Independent Retailer Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce You are an independent retailer with a physical or virtual retail outlet(s) The winner of this award will be an independent retailer based in Rossendale that, in the opinion of the judging panel, has provided consistent excellence for its customers in the year since April 2017.
This award is open for any independent retailers based in Rossendale who operate traditional retail outlet(s), sell directly to the consumer (via direct mail, farmers markets, etc) and/ or retail online. This includes recent business start- ups and those which have been established for some time. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • Improved business performance since April 2017
  • Sound business, marketing and financial planning
  • Success in overcoming challenges to drive forward the business plan
  • All available assets and resources combining to meet business objectives.
Creative Business  GrowTraffic Ltd You are a creative business. The winner of this award will be the most creative Rossendale-based business. This award is open to any creative business, regardless of how long it has been trading. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • The nature and philosophy of their creative business
  • How they have used their creative skills to build commercial success since April 2017
  • Good business practice
  • Determination to succeed.
Part-time Business Winter Solicitors Your business works around your other personal commitments. This category celebrates the achievements of Rossendale people who have chosen to run a business, social enterprise or community project around the other commitments in their life. Although they are not doing this on a full-time basis, they have achieved the level of success they were looking for. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most successful and sustainable Rossendale-based part-time business nominated this year. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • What their part-time business is
  • Why running a part-time business was the only solution for them
  • How they fit running the business around the other commitments in their lives
  • What success means to them
  • How they have progressed towards that success
  • A clear vision for the future of their business
Accessible Business Ayesha Communications You have been nominated by one or more of your customers. The winner of this award will be a business/organisation in Rossendale that directly serves the public. They will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most accessible business nominated by their customers this year. What customers say about the business/organisation will carry great influence in the judging process. The winner will also have demonstrated:

  • Improving accessibility for all disabled people (sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, learning disabilities etc) since April 2017
  • Improving business performance since April 2017
  • Involvement of staff and customers in improving accessibility for all disabled people
  • Feedback from disabled customers (and/or their carers) that demonstrates the high quality of their accessibility
 Sole Trader Chic Boutique Travel Your business is you.  The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most successful an sustainable Rossendale business with 1 employee (the owner) nominated this year. The business will have been since before April 2017. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • A clear vision and rationale for the business
  • A strong, evidenced track record of success since April 2017
  • Have a plan for development and growth
Enterprising Woman Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery & Accessories  You are a woman in a leadership role in a business organisation The winner of this award will be a woman working in her own business, or within a Rossendale organisation who is a strong, independent, confident leader. She will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, an inspiration for other women who may be considering a leadership role or growing their own business. Nominees will be asked to provide examples of:

  • How their leadership style and skills have brought distinct benefits to their business/organisation.
  • How they have developed an equal opportunities approach that has brought educational or leadership opportunities for other women.
Apprenticeship Accrington and Rossendale College  Your business employs, or has employed recently, at least one apprentice The winner of this award will be the Rossendale organisation that, in the opinion of the judging panel, has best demonstrated the commitment, contribution and success that apprenticeships have brought. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • The highlights of their apprenticeship programme to date.
  • The benefits that apprenticeships have brought to their business.
  • How apprentices have benefitted from training with their business.
  • Future plans for their apprenticeship programme.
 Service Business Tricketts Insurance Brokers  Your business model is based around service, not production. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the most successful and sustainable Rossendale service business nominated this year, regardless of size or how long it has been trading. Nominees will be asked to demonstrate:

  • The quality and scope of the service that they deliver to their customers
  • A strong, evidenced track record of success since April 2017
  • Have a plan for development and growth
Rossendale Free Press Award Rossendale Free Press You participated in the Rossendale Hospice Business Challenge. The winner of this award will be, in the opinion of the judging panel, the business or business team that has made the most outstanding contribution in the Rossendale Hospice Business Challenge. This may be in terms of how they went about it rather than in purely financial terms.