Salon is a cut above the rest

A ten month piece of work has come to the end this month with the prestigious presentation evening

altfor Rossendale Business Awards.

Taking the top prize was Tufties Hair and Beauty in Rawtenstall. The business faced a challenging year after taking over a former pub, which was also listed, and converting it sympathetically while still maintaining the original salon.

My work on the awards began in February and has continued month by month until nominations opened in August and finalists were announced in October.

More businesses than ever before were nominated, the award ceremony attracted 200 people and the stories regularly made the press and online news sites. The results were published complete with report just 90 minutes after the ceremony finished. A very quick turnaround.

I was delighted that someone kindly nominated me for an award and I received a highly commended certificate.

Photograph: Liz Henson Photography


Since my last update it has been a busy old time.

I was asked to help another new tea room in Haslingden to tell its story and, ever the journalist, I found the news angle that worked. Both the Rossendale Free Press and Lancashire Telegraph used the story as as page lead as keen home baker Andrea Britland switched roles from being a social worker.

I did a further job for Antony and Patricia to cover a series of free workshops the salon was offering to members of a youth club girls' group. The story was used as a page lead in the Rossendale Free Press.

As a new member of Rossendale Business League Network, I covered the business meeting and was pleased to see the report used as a page lead in the Free Press, it was also in the Lancashire Telegraph and online on the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce site.

My contracts have kept me extremely busy and since my last update I have written, unlucky for some, 13 news articles for Haslingden High School including stories on a sensational netball result of 50-10, a visit from a key education official to the outstanding RE department, primary pupils' biathlon success thanks to a PE teacher at Haslingden and a poignant battlefields trip to name but a few.

Fearns Community Sports College has also been busy with nine stories many of which have appeared in print. Readers have learnt about the school's fund-raising sleepover that raised hundreds for charity, the visit of an actor who has starred alongside Leonardo diCaprio and a reward trip to the Blackpool illuminations.

At Veterans in Communities operatic tenor from Bacup Sean Ruane assisted the singing group with some tips ahead of a major concert and that story along with the completion of a war grave project made the press. The latest VIC Newsletter is available here.

I have also written a freelance news story for the Big Issue in the North on Leandra Rocca, Winter Solicitor's apprentice, who ended up homeless at 16 but is now forging a new life. Another news story will be printed in the Big Issue soon... watch this space.