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Growth Lancashire

Growth Lancashire’s mission is to serve both new and existing businesses to grow job opportunities and skills across the County. Growth Lancashire provides business support and economic development services.

Our team of business advisors offer impartial advice to help businesses realise their potential either through specialist in-house support or through our extensive network of public and private sector partners. In the last three years Growth Lancashire has supported thousands of businesses, creating over 4,000 jobs, £12m in direct grant support, and levered in over £50m private investment. We’ve helped to start over a 1,000 new businesses.

Growth Lancashire was previously called Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. We changed our name in 2016 to reflect the footprint that we were already covering.



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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2017 – Guest Information

Dear Members and Social Enterprise Friends

The event of the Lancashire Social Enterprise calendar is coming! Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2017, taking place this year on Friday 28th April at Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf Club in Langho, Blackburn.

We are busy planning a suitably glittering, elegant and fun evening for you all so we can let our hair down and really celebrate your achievements in style.

Join Us

At the fabulous Mytton Fold Hotel in Ribble Valley
Mytton Fold Hotel & Golf C​lub, Whalley Road, Langho BB6 8AB


on April 28th April

It’s going to be a great, fun and inspiring evening for our sector, a chance to meet friends old and new and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.


Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for our 2017 Enterprise in Society Awards

Enabling Ability Award
sponsored by
Media Village

In Di Go
Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd
Willow Garden Project
Wonderful Things

Environmental Champion of the Year
sponsored by
Recycling Lives

Emmaus North West with Furniture Matters
Urban Organic (UK) CIC
Willow Garden Project

Excellence in Training or Mentoring
sponsored by
Periscope Productions

Advocacy Focus
Best at Solutions CIC

Lancashire Equalities

Most Effective Collaboration
sponsored by
Bootstrap Enterprises

Castle Supported Living and Access Ability CIC
Food Redistribution Centre – run by Recycling Lives in partnership with FareShare
The Sewing Rooms
UR Potential & Strawberry Fields Training CIC

Small Social Enterprise of the Year
sponsored by
Unity Trust Bank

Dig In North West cic
Preston Vocational Centre
SEED / Breathe Therapies
Strawberry Fields Training
Wonderful Things

Social Enterprise of the Year
sponsored by
HR Savvy

Age Concern Central Lancashire

Castle Supported Living
In Di Go
Urban Organic (UK) CIC
UR Potential
Reachout Darwen

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year
sponsored by
The Sewing Rooms

Podio Magazine
SHAPE Lancashire
Spring into Phab
The Dog Inn

Volunteer of the Year

Dorothy Vose (Age Concern CL)
Jackie Leeming (n-compass)
Wonderful Things Youth Volunteer Team

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2017
sponsored by
First Ark

Alistair Clarke (Tick the Publicity Box)
Deborah Terras (UR Potential)
Peter Green (Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd)

Our Sponsors

Selnet are thrilled to have the First Ark group as headline sponsors of the 2017 Enterprise in Society Awards. Showing their commitment to our sector in Lancashire and supporting our vibrant network of social businesses and the amazing work they do in Lancashire’s communities.


“We are keen to encourage the growth of a strong social economy in Lancashire. Working with Selnet allows the First Ark Group to recognise how we can best provide support and appropriate mechanisms to deliver growth and social impact within the sector.” Tony Cahill, First Ark


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Selnet Recruitment – Project Lead Officer

Selnet are looking to recruit a Project Lead Officer to help to deliver the Building Better Opportunities projects which aim to support people back into employment. This role will work across three BBO projects, overseeing the work of a broad range of delivery partners. This role requires a good project manager with great interpersonal skills and the ability to encourage outstanding performance from partners.

The post holder will work alongside Selnet’s CEO and the existing project team to oversee the work of our portfolio of delivery partners. For more information on Building Better Opportunities see –

  • The post is full time (37 hours) and the salary is £27,081.
  • The application pack can be accessed below or by calling 01772 200690. Your application will be assessed against the Job Description and Person Specification.
  • Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 4th May 2017. The post will commence on the successful candidate’s earliest available date.

*Please note CV’s will not be accepted*    *Strictly no recruitment agencies*


All applications should be emailed to under the subject heading “BBO Project Lead Officer– application”. Alternatively post to Selnet Ltd. Unit F28, PTMC, Marsh Lane, Preston PR1 8UQ. 


 Application Pack

SELNET Application for Employment

BBO Project Lead Officer – Job Specification (pdf)

BBO Project Lead Officer – Job Description (pdf)



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ERDF Open Calls in Lancashire UPDATE

Network for Europe held a briefing session on 2nd February regarding the open ERDF calls in Lancashire.

For those unable to attend, you can download the presentation below which gives details of the current Calls in Lancashire under the ERDF Programme.

 ERDF Briefing Session (Lancs) 02/02/17

In addition here is the link to the site containing the application form and annexes to be completed. If you have any questions regarding this please email:

Note that the ESIF form applies to these calls and the ERDF Annexes are the relevant documents.


Link to Application and Annexes:

If you have a draft application relating to the ERDF Priority 6 Call – ‘Preserving and Protecting the Environment and Promoting Resource Efficiency’ then you can book a slot with DCLG officers to discuss your application.If you have a draft project and want to book a slot for this please contact Shabana Patel at LCC on

If you have any further queries please contact John Hacking:  

or Liz Tapner at SELNET by emailing –




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SHAPE Lancashire Community Interest Company

14 Church Road
Bamber Bridge


Contact: Kate Eastwood and Mandy Foster


Tel: 07966 531797 or 07947 715123

Email: /


About Us

SHAPE Lancashire is a newly established Community Interest Company. We aim to deliver projects in the community across Lancashire that will improve the lives of the people living there. We aim to deliver projects including, but not exclusive to, Sports, Health and Wellbeing, Enviromental, Volunteering.

Although newly established as a CIC, we have have been delivering projects in Lancashire for over 20 years in previous employment. We have delivered a wide range of projects and always deliver outcomes. We are passionate about what we do, and believe our strength is in community enagement.




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Skills and Opportunities Fund

Are you Looking To Start A Social Enterprise?


Social enterprises operate in all areas of life providing goods and services that benefit the community.

Here in Lancashire social enterprises are involved in recycling, helping people to find work, the arts and theatre, supporting people with a range of issues and so much more.

NatWest, through its Skills and Opportunities Fund, is currently working in Lancashire to establish 18 social enterprises in 18 months.

So if you are looking to set up a social enterprise contact Social Enterprise Solutions CIC – one of Selnet’s members – to get free help and support.

The team of qualified business advisers, based in Blackpool, will be able to help by explaining the different forms of social enterprise; with completing the company paperwork; give advice on how to put together a business plan; cash flow and all the other aspects of starting a business.

For an informal chat or to arrange a meeting, contact 01253 344123 or







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Lancashire Building Better Opportunities Launch PRESS RELEASE

Lancashire’s Share of £62m Drive To Help More People Find Employment

A new drive to help people in Lancashire boost their skills and support them into employment and training has launched this month.

A partnership of 61 organisations in Lancashire, led by the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network – Selnet – has been successful in securing over five and half million pounds for two new projects in the county that will run until 2019.

The scheme is part of a programme part funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund called Building Better Opportunities.

The Invest in Youth programme aims to transform the futures of over 770 young people aged between 15 and 24 who have issues in their lives that are getting in the way of them finding employment. It will focus on participants with mental or physical health difficulties, who are homeless, have disabilities or they may be full-time carers.

Meanwhile the Age of Opportunity programme will run along similar lines and be targeted at supporting 1500 people over the age of 50.

The 61 social enterprises and charities that will provide the service will cover the whole county and have been selected to meet the specialist needs of the people that will receive support.

In England, a total of 27 projects have been given the go ahead with the aim to fill the gaps in existing provision that is available to help people into work, learn new skills and tackle poverty.

Lyn Cole, England grant making director at the Big Lottery Fund said: “The Building Better Opportunities programme not only enables people to improve their employment prospects, but their self-confidence too. Each project is specifically designed to match the needs and ambitions of local communities, providing tailored support that helps people achieve their goals.”

Lead partner, Selnet, has worked closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership, LEP, to ensure the services on offer meet the specific needs in Lancashire.

Liz Tapner, chief executive at Selnet, said: “Securing this funding is a major achievement for the partnership and I believe it will truly make a difference to some peoples’ lives in Lancashire.

“There is good provision in the county to help people who are out of work but there are some people who have significant challenges in their lives and we’re here to help. They may need six months or a year of help from us and it is that intensive support that the team of specialist partners can deliver.

For more information on the Invest In Youth programme for people aged between 16 and 24 or the Age Of Opportunity programme for those over 50, please contact Donna Sadler, Partnership Manager at Selnet Ltd on 01772 200690 or email


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Selnet at The Northern Enterprise Conference

Team Selnet had a great day at the Northern Enterprise Conference on Thursday 13th October at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.

It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with friends old and new from the social enterprise world, hear some great speakers, attend mini masterclasses and promote Selnet at our exhibition stand, leaving us feeling motivated for the challenges ahead and proud of our sector.

selnet-at-northern-enterprise-awardsThe evening took us into the Powerful Together Awards where we were thrilled to see two of our Lancashire Enterprises take home awards. Debbie O’Brien of Castle Supported Living won the Leadership award and The Profound Impact Award went to Recycling Lives. Congratulations to both well deserving winners doing great work in Lancashire. Our glasses were raised to all the winners and finalists especially our members who know they are doing amazing work.

Massive thanks to Rosie Jolly and her team at SEN Together and all the sponsors for hosting the event and breaking down regional barriers to celebrate our vibrant sector across the northern powerhouse.

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Building Better Opportunities Lancashire

Building Better Opportunities is a new national programme from The Big Lottery Fund who is matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Selnet is leading a partnership of over 60 Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations to deliver three new projects across Lancashire.

Each project will work with people who are currently not working and would like a job, but have all sorts of things stopping them. Click on the project pages below to see if one our projects could help you or someone you know?


Selnet’s Role

Since September 2015 the Selnet team have been working to form partnerships and bid under these opportunities. We have been successful in securing three new projects and delivery of the first two began in August 2016 in partnership with over 60 Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise partners. We have just received news that the third project bid, Changing Futures has also been successful and delivery is planned to start in February 2017.


Click on the buttons below to find out more about each project. (takes you to project page)









More Information on European Funding in Lancashire

The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

A single ESIF Growth Programme has been set up to combine three separate European Funds. The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England that create jobs and economic growth.

For more information:


Lancashire LEP developed arrangements to ‘opt-in’ to the Big Lottery Fund to enable Lancashire to build a strong foundation for social inclusion programmes. This resulted in a £12.5m project for Lancashire in Building Better Opportunities joint funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund that will encompass 5 Lancashire projects

Further info:




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