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 2021

The 2021 competition will be the 12th Rossendale Business Awards, which has grown to become the largest local business event of the year. Last year 120 local businesses were nominated despite the Coronavirus lockdown.

We’re all looking forward to being able to celebrate in person at the ceremony, which will be held on the evening of Wednesday December 1st at The Aschcroft in Whitworth..

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

RAwards21: Ceremony Report

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Story by Catherine Smyth; Photograph by Liz Henson Photography BUSINESSES delighted in being able to celebrate their survival as the 12th Rossendale Business Awards was held in person at The…

Rossendale Business Awards 2021: Our Finalists

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THE finalists have been announced for the 12th Rossendale Business Awards after organisers received a record number of entries. The list of finalists was announced at the Valley at Work business…

The Lancashire Gift Company

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A COMPANY founded on sending gift boxes of Lancashire love around the country is hoping to switch premises from a bedroom to an industrial unit. Everything from local beers to…

Douglas and Peters

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IN THE first week of the 2021 Rossendale Business Awards being open for nominations, 52 businesses, organisations and individuals were put forward. Nominations for the awards, which are organised by…