Hi, my name is Carole Aldred

and I am proud to say I’m a Lancashire Lass through-and-through!

I founded Red Rose Directories in May 2005 after working for many years in the corporate business world.

How Red Rose Directories Began

I was searching for a business idea and, after working up and down the country for many years, I decided I wanted to work on a local basis and help local businesses achieve the success they so much deserve.

My previous experience as a corporate business consultant highlighted to me just how much local businesses can struggle against these large organisations and I knew I had the expertise to help them – perhaps more than most.

With this in mind, I decided to launch a local magazine for local businesses to advertise their products and services. I thought it best that the magazines were hand delivered to ensure maximum readership.

In May 2005 ‘The Bromley Cross Directory’ was born and, to be quite honest, at this stage I had no idea I would launch any further magazines!

The initial response from this magazine was phenomenal!

It exceeded all my expectations and, after only a couple of months, businesses from neighbouring villages had heard about it and were asking if we would launch a similar magazine for their area.

To satisfy this demand, in July 2005 we launched a second magazine in Bradshaw & Harwood (The Bradshaw & Harwood Directory) and it wasn’t long before news of this one was out and we were on our way to a third! Long story short…due to demand, we now have a total of 52 magazines all working extremely well for small and medium businesses in the areas.

The Directories have proven to be well received within the local community and the response from residents has been fantastic. Many of our Advertisers tell us they receive more response from our magazines than any other form of advertising!

We are a truly local, independent, family run business (my husband, Andrew and 2 sons also work in the business) and pride ourselves in providing and maintaining the ‘Personal Touch’ we have become recognised for.

We Love Local

Launching these Local Directories is our way of helping and supporting local businesses…Just like you!

Meet the team…

  • Carole Aldred

  • Ben Aldred

  • Sam Aldred

  • Emma Riddiford

  • Ross Barker

  • Jennifer Monteith

  • Blake Wardle

What our Residents and Advertisers say about us

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I’ve used Red Rose for advertising for many years and I’m very pleased with the service they offer.

All the team there are always extremely helpful and deal with all my queries professionally.

More importantly the magazines give me great feedback from new customers and they have got the distribution areas just right. Thanks!


Zero Dry Time

Red Rose are professional in every way.

I was nervous about advertising at first, but after using them I now feel I have found a great company!

Big mention to Jenny and Ross – Thank You!


GutterPRO Manchester West

Thanks for the work over the years – Red Rose are great value for money and years on I am still getting a great return on investment!

I don’t advertise anywhere else – Red Rose is the only form of advertising I do now and I get more than enough work from the magazines to keep me busy!


Mitrex Windows & Doors

These Red Rose mags are absolutely fantastic, I’ve been telling (my MD) that, and more or less every lead we get through are from your adverts, they are brilliant.


Lords Roofing

I use the directories a lot.

I always read through them. I do enjoy looking through the directories, and I have used quite a lot of your advertisers from them! I look forward to receiving my next copy!

Mrs Todd

Haslingden Resident

Hi Carole, I have been a recipient of the Red Rose Directory for a number of years and commend you on an excellent and worthwhile publication.

I have been able to source a range of specialist support and advice.

Ms Griffiths


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