14th Rossendale Business Awards Opens For Nominations On September 20th

By September 18, 2023News

A SPECTACULAR awards celebration on a Saturday night will be held to mark the 14th Rossendale Business Awards.

The event will be at The Ashcroft in Whitworth, Rossendale’s largest venue on Saturday December 9 and is organised by Valley at Work, which connects local businesses.
Chair of Valley at Work Ruth Winter said: “As we previously held the event mid-week, we were very conscious that business owners had to rush to attend and then could not enjoy a late night because they had to be at work the following day.

“We listened to award winners’ feedback that said they wanted our event to be more of a celebration so this year, that is just what we have planned – a fabulous hot buffet dinner, trophy presentation and dancing until late.”

Workforce_development-6373Rossendale Business Awards will open for nominations on Wednesday, September 20 and there are around 18 categories including hospitality, large business, not-for-profit and sole trader, with the nominated business selecting the most appropriate category for them to be judged.

At last year’s awards, GrowTraffic once again sponsored the Creative Business category, but the company also won the Workforce Development title and Director Rachel Weinhold won the Enterprising Person award.

Rachel said: “I had been a finalist for the last four years and each time the winner was very worthy and someone who had taken on much larger projects than I had done.

“I looked at the other finalists and I knew I was up against some big names so I was delighted to be announced as the winner.

“When I took over as chair of Bacup Business Association it had almost fizzled out, that was four years ago and now it is going from strength to strength.

“I have also represented Bacup on a bigger stage at Rossendale and Lancashire meetings and now, with the 2040 Vision and the Levelling Up Fund coming our way, it is important that Bacup businesses have a voice.”

Rachel also introduced an online SI Libertas Soroptimist International club for women from all over the country who want to get involved with the organisation but are not able to commit to attending physical meetings or are too far away from their nearest club.

She said: “It is Soroptimism, but with a light touch. We have members ranging from 22 to the oldest in their 60s, so a complete cross-section.

“GrowTraffic also won a trophy for our dedication towards our workforce. We have a flat management system and everyone’s opinion is valid, no matter what Dalley says!

“We have flexible working arrangements and we put a lot into our team, training staff every quarter so everyone reaches the required standard. We also encourage staff to do extra training and allow time off and we are focused on bringing the team with us to develop themselves and the business.

“This year, we got approval for our plans to create a digital media hub inside the former Christ Church in Bacup.

“It has been four years in the making and I am really excited about what it can do for Bacup because it will pull different businesses into the town.”

Nominations are open from September 20th to October 20th.

Valley at Work holds free monthly meetings at different venues; to find out more about Valley at Work email chair@valleyatwork.co.uk


2023 Enterprising Person winner Rachel Weinhold outside The Alliance in Bacup where Bacup Business Association holds its monthly meetings.

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