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National Fellowship for Lancashire social enterprise leader

The driving force behind Selnet – the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network – has been awarded one of the first Honorary Fellowships of the national body, Social Enterprise UK.

The Honorary Fellowships were awarded to 15 outstanding sector leaders who have taken their own organisations from strength to strength but also play a large part in shaping, guiding and championing the social enterprise movement as a whole. Recognising those who have contributed to creating a diverse, thriving and truly impactful community of businesses, the Fellowships celebrate key individuals who are making great strides to drive the sector forwards now.

Selnet Chief Executive Liz Tapner was named along with the leaders in the social enterprise world alongside the founder of the Big Issue magazine, Lord John Bird, and Sophi Tranchell MBE of pioneering Fairtrade company Divine Chocolate.

Since joining Selnet over 10 years ago, Liz has grown the organisation from a small project to a major body which represents and supports the social enterprises that operate across Lancashire.

When you think of social enterprise in Lancashire, you think of Liz Tapner. She has put her heart and her soul into the job and the board is delighted that she has been recognised on the national stage by Social Enterprise UK.

Liz is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why Selnet has been so successful over the last 10 years and we’re delighted to have her at the helm.

Graham Jones

Bootstrap Enterprises

Liz led Selnet in securing a £9.2m project called Building Better Opportunities, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund where a partnership of 64 organisations are helping the most vulnerable in society to be more resilient and closer to the world of work.

Social Enterprise UK is a national body which regularly has the ear of government to advise them on issues within the sector and, as it has been running for 15 years, has appointed 15 honorary fellows

Speaking of her appointment, Liz said: “It is a huge honour for me personally and a great testament to the work that we achieve here in Lancashire. My job is to secure and manage contracts, but I get my satisfaction from seeing the work being undertaken by the social enterprises that we represent who are helping people when they need it most.

I am supported by a fantastic board of directors drawn from social enterprises across Lancashire and have an amazing team working with me.

And we don’t work in isolation – our projects are often delivered in partnership, particularly with Lancashire County Council, the LEP, local authorities and funding bodies nationally and across Europe.” 

It’s a view echoed by the chair of the board, Graham Jones from Bootstrap Enterprises, based in Blackburn. He said: “When you think of social enterprise in Lancashire, you think of Liz Tapner. She has put her heart and her soul into the job and the board is delighted that she has been recognised on the national stage by Social Enterprise UK.

“Liz is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why Selnet has been so successful over the last 10 years and we’re delighted to have her at the helm.”

 


 

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Looking to Grow?

Funded business support is available, talk to us:

Selnet is working with Boost, Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub, to deliver professional, impartial business support to ambitious companies across the county.

Boost helps business to grow and develop through advice, support and access to funding. Our role is to connect enterprising Lancashire businesses with these funded programmes, including mentoring, business masterclasses, product development, leadership development and accessing finance.

 

How we can help

Selnet’s delivery team will work with your business to identify growth opportunities and introduce you to the best support programmes to help you achieve your goals. With so much support available, this impartial and professional advice can save your business time and ensure that the support offered is relevant and valuable to your business.

 

Who we can help

The support is targeted towards companies (private and social enterprise) that are business-to-business and already trading.

Collectively, the team holds over 180 years’ experience of helping organisations just like yours.

 

For more information and to access support please contact Selnet on 01772 200690 or email opportunities@selnet-uk.com .

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

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Selnet Wins Funding to Support Enterprise Programme

Selnet Ltd has been awarded £34,030.50 of funding from NatWest as part of its Skills and Opportunities Fund.

We are delighted to be one of seven organisations from across the North of England to be awarded a share of the £200,000 funding pot following a public vote. The grant will be used by Selnet to support its Lancashire Social Enterprise Project which aims to deliver a project targeting people across Lancashire, particularly in deprived areas, to promote social enterprise and self employment as alternatives to the traditional labour market, and to deliver 1:1 specialist support and enterprise skills seminars to help 30 new business ideas be realised.

NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund aims to help people in some of our most deprived communities help themselves to move towards a better future, with improved financial skills and/or self-employment prospects.


Selnet CEO Liz Tapner
, said: “The funding from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund will enable us deliver the ‘Lancashire Social Enterprise Project’, which will support aspiring entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds, to explore self-employment and social enterprise to help improve their economic circumstances. We want to thank everyone who voted for us and NatWest for its support.”

Richard Topliss, Chairman of the NatWest North Regional Board, said: “Through the Skills and Opportunities Fund, we have been able to support a range of programmes across the North of England in their development and delivery, and like those programmes that have won previously, Selnet  has created a fantastic programme through  its Lancashire Social Enterprise Project which will have a positive impact on the local community.

“The impact of these projects, which are helping people to build new skills, get into work or start their own business, is fantastic and I would encourage anyone who wasn’t successful this time to try again when applications open early next year.”

 

A huge thank you from Selnet to everyone who kindly voted for our project among all those shortlisted for the North. We are one of 7 successful organisations and are looking forward to launching the project in the New Year!

You can find out more about the Lancashire Social Enterprise Project and all of the other winners here.

 


 

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You’re Amazing CIC

112A Market Street
Chorley
PR7 2SL


Contact:
 Cheryl Speak

Tel: 01257 279786


Email: 
admin@youramazeing.co.uk

Web: www.youreamazing.co.uk

 

ABOUT US

You’re Amazing CIC is an inspirational organisation dedicated to supporting and helping women to enjoy, achieve and succeed. They work with women of all ages, supporting, coaching, developing and empowering them to take control of their lives, be confident and have belief in who they are, unleash their potential and to create the life they truly desire and deserve.

 


 

 

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Volunteer Centre Blackpool Wyre & Fylde

South Lodge
Stanley Park
West Park Drive
Blackpool
FY3 9EQ


Contact:
 Lynn Saggerson

Tel: 01253 301004


Email:
 enquiries@volunteercentrebwf.org.uk

Web: www.volunteercentrebwf.org.uk

 

ABOUT US

The Volunteer Centre Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde began as a project of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) in 1996. In April 2006 the Volunteer Centre formed as a Company Limited by Guarantee and became a Registered Charity in 2008. Their aim is to provide support and inspiration for volunteers, organisations and groups to develop volunteering in the community.

 


 

 

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Training 2000

Furthergate Business Park
Harwood Street
Blackburn
BB1 3BD


Contact:
 John Westhead

Tel: 01254 54659


Email:
 info@t2000.co.uk

Web: www.training2000.co.uk

 

ABOUT US

Training 2000 has been established for almost 50 years. They are a large Group Training Association offering business solutions, commercial courses and Apprenticeship programmes across multiple industry sectors.

 


 

 

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The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

The Barn
Berkeley Drive
Bamber Bridge
Preston
PR5 6BY 


Contact:
 Catherine Haddon

Tel: 01772 324129


Email:
 info@lancswt.org.uk

Web: www.lancswt.org.uk

 

ABOUT US

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is your local wildlife charity, working to protect wildlife and nature for the future. They are a key voice for nature, both locally and nationally. They manage reserves, deliver specialist projects and have a people and wildlife team engaging people in sustainable living and conservation from the very young to the retired.

 


 

 

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The Calico Group Ltd.

Centenary Court
Croft Street
Burnley
BB11 2ED


Contact:
 Stewart Graham

Tel: 01282 686300


Web:
 https://calico.org.uk

 

ABOUT US

The Calico Group consists of six innovative businesses and charities. Together, they work to make social profit, rather than financial profit, the driving force behind our wide range of high quality services.

 


 

 

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The AFC Fylde Community Foundation

Kellamergh Park
Bryning Lane
Warton
PR4 1TN


Contact:
 Tom Hutton

Tel: 01772 682593


Email:
 tomhutton@afcfylde.co.uk

Web: www.afcfyldefoundation.co.uk

 

ABOUT US

The AFC Fylde Community Foundation work across the Fylde Coast to educate, motivate and inspire future generations to build better communities for all. They have qualified coaches working all over Fylde delivering coaching, education programmes and personal development, providing young people of all abilities with multiple opportunities.

 


 

 

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