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Third Sector representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans

For the 2014 to 2020 funding period, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF) and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), will be brought together into an EU Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme. The top priorities of this Programme are innovation, support for SMEs, low carbon, skills, employment and social inclusion.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to set out how it intends to use the Growth Programme Funds in a European Union (EU) Structural and Investment Funds strategy. In developing its strategy, the LEP will work with and reflect the interests of a broad range of economic, social and environmental partners, including businesses, civil society, rural partners and further and higher education institutions.

Lancashire is one of the largest local economies in the North of England. ESI funds will increase productivity levels for key economic sectors, promote sustainable employment growth and tackle the barriers to employment for Lancashire’s most disadvantaged communities and increase capacity to unlock the economic potential of Lancashire’s businesses and residents.
Lancashire has over 1000 Social Enterprises working on a range of activities across the economic, environmental and social spectrum. These businesses support and encourage economic activity amongst the most excluded and hard to reach individuals, and realise business activity and growth in areas where other sectors have failed, specifically within Lancashire’s more deprived communities.

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) and ONE Lancashire director was asked to contribute to the strategy for Lancashire to represent Social Enterprises and the wider Third Sector. Liz, a chartered business adviser and business mentor has extensive experience of providing business support to a wide variety of organisations across the North West. Through Selnet and as a Director of ONE Lancashire, Liz is well placed to advise on the strengths and importance of the Third Sector to the growth of Lancashire’s economy.

Through attendance at the Technical Assistance Group of the Lancashire European Network (LEN), Liz is currently working with senior public sector officers and writers of the plan of which the LEP’s role will be to oversee delivery for the next 7 years. EU monies will need to be matched and Liz is working with ‘opt-in’ providers such as BIG Lottery and Social Investment Business (SIB). Lottery projects are still to be defined but will stand alone from the mainstream lottery programme releasing additional investment into Lancashire. SIB have developed the Local Impact Fund a fund that is bespoke to Social enterprise

The strategy is now in its 2nd phase of development and due into central government 31st Jan 14. We will keep you updated on the plans and how they can impact on your business, organisation and community.

EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy for Lancashire Final 310114 LEP Board





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The Key Fund

Key Fund


Key Fund provides funding to Social Enterprises working in a wide variety of areas and sectors to enable them to develop and grow, such as:

We can support many activities including: building or equipment purchase, cash-flow, refurbishment/improvement costs, start-up costs and working capital requirements.

Whether you are a new or established enterprise, a charity, a CIC, a Co-operative, or a community-based organisation we may be able to help.

If your organisation is (or intends to be) a registered company with:

  • Income-generating activities
  • Community benefit or environmental aims at the heart of the business
  • Profits mainly reinvested to achieve these aims

then you may be eligible to apply, either by downloading an application from the web site or If you have any questions or would like a chat please contact me on 01829 261019 or email info[at]



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This privacy policy sets out how Selnet uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website.

Selnet is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Selnet may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 25/06/2012.

What we collect
We may collect the following information:

  • name, contact information including email address
  • demographic information such as postcode.
  • other information relevant to customer surveys and/or offers

What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping. 
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services. 
  • We may periodically send promotional emails about new services, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. 
  • From time to time, we may also use your information to contact you for market research purposes. We may contact you by email, phone, fax or mail. We may use the information to customise the website according to your interests.

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Controlling your personal information
If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at admin[at]

We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to Selnet Ltd. Unit G14, PTMC, Marsh Lane, Preston. PR1 8UQ.

If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.


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VSNW Voluntary Sector North West



VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West.

We work with 150 members who:

  • work across the region directly supporting and delivering services for individuals, or
  • are VCS infrastructure organisations (LIOs) that work with local voluntary and community groups.

VSNW members provide community services, regenerate neighbourhoods, support individuals, promote volunteering and tackle discrimination. The 40 generalist LIOs in membership of VSNW have a membership of 6,780 VCS groups and are in contact with 19,800 local voluntary and community sector groups in the North West – just under two-thirds (63%) of the region’s VCS groups.

To read more about our current work see our Annual Review.



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Unity Trust Bank


We are a full service bank, offering all the services you would expect from a high street bank, but with a fresh approach that’s unlike most banks. Since we were established in 1984, we have sought to put social change, social benefit and community involvement at the heart of everything we do. But, unlike other banks, we’re not driven by the pure profit motive. We put people first because for us, generating a social and financial return are both important. By being socially-focused, we help our customers care for the communities and people they work with. And because we’re a social enterprise ourselves, we really understand the day-to-day issues and challenges our customers face.

To find out more view our PDF.



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Inprint Solutions

Unit 4, Matrix House,
Inprint Solutions LogoFriday Street,


Contact: Dan Coward

Telephone: 01257 230530 



About Us

Inprint Solutions is located in the central Chorley area conveniently close to the town centre. Inprint Solutions offer a wide range of bespoke printed products which are produced in an environmentally responsible way as possible. Specialising in short-run full colour printing, we also offers a complete design to print service which is available to the general public, businesses and other organisations alike.

Inprint Solutions is open weekdays from 09:00 to 16:00 and is a social enterprise of the Brothers of Charity Services in Lancashire.



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West Lancashire Dial-a-Ride

The Operations Centrewldialaride
4 Langley Place
L40 8JS

Contact: Philip Walker

Tel: (01704) 896605



About Us

West Lancashire Dial-a-Ride Association provides community transport services to residents of West Lancashire who find it difficult to use public transport.

All our services are door-to-door. Our vehicles are fully accessible and our drivers are all too pleased to help you on and off the bus. West Lancashire Dial-a-Ride services are suitable for a wide range of activities including access to social clubs, shopping, leisure or visiting friends and family.

Dial a Ride also provides a Community Car service. Our team of approved volunteer drivers are on hand to take you in their own cars at a very economical fare.



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West Lancs CVS

Ecumenical Centre

Contact: Martin Trengrove

Tel: (01695) 733737



About Us

West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Services is a charity, set up in 1973, and is the key umbrella group for voluntary and community groups in West Lancashire.

Our main activities are:

  • Providing information and support to voluntary organisations
  • Helping local people to set up and develop voluntary and community groups, and network with other organisations
  • Representing voluntary and community groups to statutory and other organisations, and partnerships.



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UR Potential

Project Officeurpotential
296 Central Drive

Contact: Deborah Terras

Tel: 01253 344398



About Us

We are an accredited centre for ASDAN, ABC, NOCN and AQA and provide accredited training and opportunities for the community including employability awards, youth-work qualifications, peer mentoring. We have conducted Child Poverty research for Blackpool Council and developed a new Youth Volunteering Project ,Fylde Coast Be Involved. FCBI provides supported volunteering opportunities for 14 – 25 year olds in the Fylde Coast area.



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Unique Kidz & Co

Unique Kidz and Couniquekidz
Woodhill Lane
LA4 4NW 

Contacts: Denise or Jane

Tel: 01524 831132



About Us

Unique Kidz & Co is The Brainchild of two mums of children with Special Needs.

Unable to find any suitable childcare that would meet the needs of their children, they set up an Ofsted Registered Afterschool and Holiday Club for Children and Young People with Disabilities aged from 3 years to 19 years old. Siblings are also welcome.

Graded Outstanding by Ofsted in their first visit, the Club goes from strength to strength. With well over 100 children on the register Unique Kidz and Co are already looking to expand the business.


pdf  Guide to inclusive childcare for childcare providers



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