Rossendale celebrated its best businesses with an awards evening on Wednesday night.
The event, held over Facebook Live, acknowledged businesses throughout the valley for all their hard work in 2020.
Organisers and sponsors filmed themselves announcing the winners from The Boo in Waterfoot, where there was also a Valley at Work celebration Zoom meeting.
Anna’s Café-Bar in Weir was this year’s big winner, taking home the most inspirational business award as well as the food and drink and Medium Business titles.
Owner Anna Federici also won the most enterprising person award.
Rob Carder, chair of organisers Valley at Work, said: “The submissions we received were incredible.
“The fortitude and determination shown by our local businesses to strive to thrive while also helping each other shone out in the entries.
“Yes, 2020 will go down in history as one of the toughest year’s in our lifetimes.
“But it also allowed people to show their strengths and none more so than our amazing Rossendale businesses.”
The full list of winners:
Valley at Work Award: Anna’s Café-Bar
Accessible Business sponsored by Ayesha Communications: Cotton Shed Theatre
Company Creative Business sponsored by GrowTraffic: Grow Your Mindset
Enterprising Person sponsored by Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery and Accessories: Anna Federici of Anna’s Café-Bar
Enterprising Young Person sponsored by Rossendale High Schools: James Wilcock, BRGS
Food and Drink Business sponsored by Kay’s Fish and Chips: Anna’s Café-Bar
Independent Retailer sponsored by Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce: DT Law Butchers
Invest in Rossendale sponsored by Rossendale Borough Council: Lucy Lou’s Café
Invest in Rossendale Young People sponsored by Rossendale Borough Council: JJR Video
Productions Large Business sponsored by Metis HR: Douglas & Peters Ltd
Made in Rossendale sponsored by The Boo: Handmade in Rossendale
Medium Business sponsored by Metis HR: Anna’s Café-Bar
MicroBusiness sponsored by Liz Pollard Consultancy: The Nowt Poncy Food Company Ltd
Not for Profit sponsored by Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall: The Raft Foundation Charity
Highly Commended: The M3 Project
Part-Time Business sponsored by Winter Solicitors: The Lancashire Gift Company
Highly Commended: Liz Henson Photography
Service Business sponsored by Tricketts Insurance Brokers: Finlay Jude Associates Ltd
Small Business sponsored by BoB Clubs (NW): Bright & Beautiful
Sole Trader sponsored by Rossendale Free Press: Spexbox
Visit Rossendale sponsored by Rossendale Borough Council: Lucardo Rawtenstall Escape Rooms
Workforce Development sponsored by the Nelson & Colne College Group: RPS Precision Engineering Ltd
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