Finalists of the Creative Business category arrive on stage

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Announcing the winner of the Creative Business category

It’s been an exciting week at GrowTraffic, because this week was the week of the Rossendale Business Awards where we got to present the Creative Business category which we sponsored and helped to judge.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were busy at GT HQ with our judging hats on busy working our way through the nominations for the incredibly strong category, that was full of exceptional local businesses. This was round one of the judging process and it was a tough call!

 r-awards-2GrowTraffic & The R Awards

We moved to Bacup, in Rossendale, East Lancashire just over 3 years ago. It wasn’t long before we wanted to start to get involved in the local business community and the organisers of the R Awards, The Valley at Work  networking group was the best place to start.

The R Awards – short for the Rossendale Business Awards is now in its 7th year of running. The R Awards has grown in popularity since its inception thanks to the dedicated work of Chairman Rob Carder and the rest of the group, and is now the largest annual business event in Rossendale.

r-awards-3The Creative Business Award

When the opportunity arose for GT to become a sponsor of one of the categories in the 2016 R Awards, we jumped at the chance. At GrowTraffic we focus on SEO and copywriting, and with a decade and a half working in marketing under my belt, it was important for us to support the creative businesses in the area.

In the spirit of mucking in, we started with a bit of web design by redeveloping the existing R Awards website, getting it ready from the 2016 awards season.

The Nominations

We were delighted to see the number of businesses nominated for the Creative Business category – 18 at the final count. It was fantastic to see the breadth and diversity of the companies on the long list. In addition to the more expected design-orientated creative companies, we’ve also had entries from businesses who are creative with food and drink, hair and beauty, interior design, glass and even timber.

And in addition to the impressive range, the calibre of the businesses nominated is extraordinary; there’s not a weak entry amongst them and they have all had a year worthy of recognition. The shortlisting and judging was a very difficult process indeed!

The Finalist of the Rossendale Business Awards Creative Business category were: Edmondson Design Services; Kidult and Co; Rossendale Bespoke Timber; Walking on Glass.

The evening at the Riverside

The winners were announced at a glittering event at the Riverside in Whitworth where more than 200 people from Rossendale’s business community came together to celebrate.

The event was kicked off by Councillor Granville Morris, the Mayor of Rossendale, himself a retired small business owner from the area. Councillor Morris said it was delighting to see the number and diversity of businesses represented at the Whitworth.

The Mayor of Whitworth Councillor Madeleine De Souza added by saying: “From creative to community, the categories cover a wide cross-section of the business community, both large and small or not for profit, new and well established.”

The Creative Business Award

Rachel and I got up on stage to present the Creative Business category. It’s November and I am once again sporting a silly moustache – but I wasn’t going to be put off. I briefly addressed those attending. During my short speech, I discussed the role of Rossendale, comparing its historical industrial past to the Silicon Valley of today. I discussed the benefits mechanisation had had during the industrial revolution and how the automation revolution we are living through today is changing the nature of business, asserting that all businesses will need to put the creative process at the heart of everything they do in the future, in order to compete.

Simon Dalley and Rachel Weinhold presenting creative business category at Rossendale Business Awards

Rachel announced the finalists of the awards, giving some insight into the judging process and discussed how genuinely difficult it had been to determine a winner/ Representatives from Edmondson Design Services; Kidult and Co; Rossendale Bespoke Timber and Walking on Glass came up on stage before the winner was announced.

Finalists of the Creative Business category arrive on stage

It gave us great pleasure to announce the Winner of the Creative Business category in the 2016 Rossendale Business Awards as Kidult and Co.

Kidult and Co

We’ll provide a more detailed insight into Kidult & Co in a followup blog, however needless to say they really impressed all the judges. They’re a British designed clothing and lifestyle brand for little ones with attitude. Through their use a simple monochrome colour palette and gender-neutral designs, their clothing aims to stamp out the stereotypical clothing already available on the market, and provide an edgy alternative, whilst maintaining quality and style. We’re excited to see where this creative business goes in the future.

Kidult and Co Winners of R Awards Creative Category 2016
Kidult & Co: Winners of R Awards Creative Business Category 2016

The Winners of the Rossendale Business Awards

  • The Valley at Work Award sponsored by Valley at Work. Winner: Flightdeck Experience Ltd; Highly Commended: Kidult and Co
  • Enterprising Young Person sponsored by Rossendale High Schools. Winner: Edward Ready, Molly Cross and Chloe Westwell; Highly Commended: Benjamin Lord; Grace Mellors
  • Customer Friendly Business sponsored by Farrow & Farrow and Dementia Friendly Rossendale. Winner: The Dearden Tea Rooms; Highly Commended: Daley Wilson Photography
  • Business of The Year sponsored by Cassons. Winner: Arthouse Ltd;
  • New Business sponsored by Rossendale Council. Winner: Howarths Estates Limited; Highly Commended: Spectrum One Salon Group Ltd
  • Apprenticeship sponsored by Rossendale Bespoke Timber. Winner: Tufties Hair & Beauty; Highly Commended: Headmasters
  • Made in Rossendale sponsored by Beta Group. Winner: Rossendale Bespoke Timber
  • MicroBusiness sponsored by Business Over Breakfast (North West). Winner: Stanley Jacks Ltd; Highly Commended: Mather Gallery
  • Sole Trader sponsored by SmartyPants. Joint Winners: Catherine Smyth Media and Liz Henson Photography
  • Enterprising Woman sponsored by Soroptimist International of Rossendale. Winner: Christine Moffatt
  • Independent Retailer sponsored by Rawtenstall Chamber of Commerce. Winner:; Highly Commended: Fresh
  • Creative Business sponsored by GrowTraffic. Winners: Kidult and Co
  • Community Business sponsored by Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall. Winner: The Whitaker (CIC); Highly Commended: Civic Pride (Rossendale); Rossendale Hospice
  • Pride of Our Valley sponsored by Hazelwood Homecare Ltd. Joint Winners: Bacup And Stacksteads Carnival Organisation; Barry Hyde; Friends of Snig Hole Park; Leesa Amin; Primroses Wings; Wonderful Things
  • Tourism Award sponsored by Promoting Rossendale Board. Winner: Flightdeck Experience Ltd; Highly Commended: Rossendale Leisure Trust Ltd
  • Part Time Business sponsored by Winter Solicitors. Winner: Dawn Rose Contemporary Jewellery & Accessories; Highly Commended: Kidult and Co
  • Employer of The Year sponsored by Metis HR Ltd. Winners: Riley’s Butchers

Congratulations to everyone who had a role to play in organisation of the 2016’s R Awards.

*Photos courtesy of Liz Henson Photography and Paul Swift Photography.

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