About R-Awards

An annual showcase for the achievements, quality and diversity of the local businesses and enterprising people

Valley at Work is proud to organise Rossendale Business Awards. It is an annual showcase for the achievements, quality and diversity of the local businesses and enterprising people who make Rossendale such a great place to live, work and visit.

R-Awards Trophies

There are two R-Awards trophies. The first, which goes to all winners (except the Valley at Work Award winner), was designed by Jake Ford when he was a pupil at Alder Grange school. These are made exclusively for us by Alder Grange School every year. It demonstrates how deep the culture of enterprise runs in Rossendale.

Jake Ford, the R-Awards trophy designer, with Jake Berry MP in 2013

Jake Ford, the R-Awards trophy designer, with Jake Berry MP in 2013


R-Awards trophy

R-Awards trophy

The second trophy, which is presented to each year’s Valley at Work Award winner, is designed and made by Alexis Valentine of Walking on Glass. Alexis brings new design elements to the trophy every year which reflect different aspects of Rossendale.

Alexis with 2016 Valley at Work Award winners Flightdeck Experience

Alexis with 2016 Valley at Work Award winners Flightdeck Experience

R-Awards 2020

The 2020 competition is the 11th Rossendale Business Awards, which has grown to become the largest local business event of the year. Last year over 100 businesses were nominated and over 200 business people filled Riverside Whitworth to capacity for the ceremony.

Due to Rossendale being in Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s ceremony will be virtual, on the evening of Wednesday December 2nd.

Without our sponsors the Awards simply could not happen – so a great big thank you must go out to all the local businesses that have supported and continue to support Rossendale Business Awards.

Latest News

The Latest News About The R-Awards

Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery and Accessories

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WITH just £100 in her pocket, Dawn Tozer has turned redundancy into success. She began working part-time in 2011 hosting jewellery and accessory parties, added clothing as year later then…

Michelle Procter Financial Services

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NOMINATIONS have come flooding in to Rossendale Business Awards and already more than 90 have been received for 59 businesses and 17 individuals. With the country facing prolonged COVID restrictions,…

RAwards20: Nominations

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These are the nominations received so far for Rossendale Business Awards 2020. As at 9.00am on Wednesday October 21st we have received 189 nominations for 120 businesses and 31 individuals….

Cronkshawfold Farm

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SUSTAINABILITY is at the heart of everything at Cronkshaw Fold Farm and Study Centre in Helmshore, and leading the march is Dot McCarthy. Dot was brought up on family farm…