Awards are the busi­ness!

Rossendale Free Press - - Before The Bench - STU­ART PIKE stu­art.pike@men­media.co.uk @stu­art­pike78

THE largest ever num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als have been se­lected to com­pete for 17 top tro­phies at Rossendale Busi­ness Awards.

The ninth cer­e­mony will be held at The River­side in Whit­worth. Judges praised the stan­dard of en­tries, which led them to se­lect­ing al­most 60 fi­nal­ists.

Rob Carder, chair­man of or­gan­is­ers Val­ley at Work, said: “This is the most fi­nal­ists we have ever had, be­cause the qual­ity was so high this year.”

The Rossendale Free Press award will this year re­ward those that took up the Busi­ness Chal­lenge which was set by Rossendale Hospice. Busi­nesses used their skills to de­vise imag­i­na­tive ways of rais­ing money for the char­ity.

Cat­e­gory win­ners re­ceive an or­ange dis­tinc­tive RAwards logo tro­phy, de­signed by for­mer Alder Grange stu­dent Jake Ford and man­u­fac­tured by the Rawten­stall school. The Val­ley at Work award, the fi­nal­ists of which are only an­nounced on the night, goes to the most in­spi­ra­tional busi­ness, or per­son and they win a be­spoke glass en­grav­ing by Alexis Valen­tine from Walk­ing on Glass. ●●

2018 FI­NAL­ISTS

Busi­ness of The Year (5-10 Em­ploy­ees): GrowTraf­fic Ltd, Stan­ley Jacks Ltd, The Dear­den Tea Rooms, Util­ity Smart Ltd; Busi­ness of The Year (11+ Em­ploy­ees): Art­house Ltd, D T Law Butch­ers, IPH Elec­tri­cal Ltd, Ortho­plas­tics Lim­ited; Food and Drink Busi­ness: A’Vuc­ciria, DT Law Butch­ers, North­ern Whis­per Brew­ing Co Ltd, The Dear­den Tea Rooms; In­vest In Rossendale: A’Vuc­ciria, Anna’s Café-Bar, Rossendale Ra­dio Ltd, The Old Li­brary Water­foot CIC, The Soap Shack; Ac­ces­si­ble Busi­ness: Anna’s Café-Bar, Rossendale Leisure Trust, The Boo, The Old Li­brary Water­foot CIC; Ap­pren­tice­ship: Art­house Ltd, Head­mas­ters Lan­cashire, Rossendale Leisure Trust, Win­ter So­lic­i­tors; Mi­croBusi­ness: Chic Bou­tique Travel, Cre­ation Signs Ltd, Dawn Rose Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ellery & Ac­ces­sories, Deni-Deni, Pin­na­cle Stone­ma­sonry Ltd; Sole Trader: Cather­ine Smyth Me­dia, Ivory Beau, Liz Hen­son Pho­tog­ra­phy, Olly’s Wood­land Learn­ing, The Well­be­ing Room; En­ter­pris­ing Woman: Jane Boys, Kim­ber­ley Ash­worth, Rachel Wein­hold, Ruth Win­ter; In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer: DT Law Butch­ers, Dawn Rose Con­tem­po­rary Jew­ellery & Ac­ces­sories, Ri­leys Butch­ers, Roland’s Florist, Ruby & Daisy; Creative Busi­ness: Art­house Ltd, Deni-Deni, Pin­na­cle Stone­ma­sonry Ltd; Not for Profit: First Choice Credit Union, M3 Project Ltd, Val­ley Her­itage; Ser­vice Busi­ness: Bright & Beau­ti­ful, Chic Bou­tique Travel, Con­nec­tion­s2en­ergy Ltd; Visit Rossendale: Lu­cardo Rawten­stall es­cape games, Ski Rossendale, The Boo, The Whi­taker Mu­seum, Art Gallery & Cul­tural Hub; Part Time Busi­ness: Baby Bliss, Liz Hen­son Pho­tog­ra­phy, Mini Me Time, Nin­ja_Cof­fee, The Well­be­ing Room; Em­ployer of The Year: Art­house Ltd, Head­mas­ters Lan­cashire, Ortho­plas­tics Lim­ited, The Fish­er­man’s Re­treat; En­ter­pris­ing Young Per­son: Grace Brad­shaw, Delta Ea­ton, Amy Evans, The­ola Whit­taker, Lizzie Maw­son, Fearns En­ter­prise Chal­lenge; Rossendale Free Press Award Busi­ness Chal­lenge (Rossendale Hospice): Cas­sons Char­tered Ac­coun­tants, Chic Bou­tique Travel, Ivory Beau, Line­mark/HD Signs, Snap­per & Hack (Cather­ine Smyth and Liz Hall), Rossendales

The 2017 Rossendale Busi­ness Awards fi­nal­ists

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