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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2018 Winners

Social enterprises are transforming lives across Lancashire; from providing specialist support for disabled children and their families, to preventing youth homelessness, to providing outreach and engagement services for isolated communities and improving the confidence, prospects and wellbeing of disadvantaged people.

Each year Selnet, Lancashire’s social enterprise network, hosts the Enterprise in Society Awards to promote, celebrate and reward the achievements of social enterprises across the area.

The Enterprise in Society Awards 2018, in association with First Ark Social Investment, saw 200 people from across the county gather at the De Vere Hotel in Blackpool for the award ceremony, gala dinner and celebration.

More than 20 community-focused organisations were shortlisted for 8 awards, including Social Enterprise of the Year, Most Effective Collaboration and the Enabling Ability award.

“The impact these amazing businesses have really is transformative” said Selnet CEO Liz Tapner. “Each social enterprise is rooted in our communities, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to overcome huge barriers. The successes we are celebrating tonight are felt by individuals across Lancashire who benefit from improved health and wellbeing, support to face daily challenges and newly expanded horizons”.

 

“Leading Lights”

 

Social Enterprise UK CEO Peter Holbrook attended the Enterprise in Society Awards and said “Some of the very best UK social businesses have emerged from the North West and Lancashire remains one of the most socially enterprising counties around. Social enterprises like Artz for All, The Sewing Rooms and Preston Vocational Centre bring innovation and impact together brilliantly whilst organisations such as the Birchwood Centre and Lancashire Women’s Centres are leading lights for how civil society organisations can embrace social enterprise and yet retain their values, services and character.”

The Enterprise in Society Awards 2018 was held in association with First Ark Social Investment. Selnet would like to thank First Ark and Recycling Lives, The Sewing Rooms, Periscope Productions CIC and Unity Bank for supporting this wonderful event and celebrating Lancashire’s vibrant social enterprise sector.

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2018 Start Up Social Enterprise of the Year

 

In Blackpool, a town where examination results are within the lowest in the country, Qualified English specialists Katherine Atha and Susan Frain are improving the life chances of young people by raising attainment and achievement in English and Literacy. Their new Social Enterprise ‘Top Class Tuition’ (TCT) provides specialist English Language, Literature and Literacy support for disadvantaged, disengaged and vulnerable pupils who are performing below the National Average.

Such is the impact they have already had, since Autumn 2017, Top Class Tuition has been awarded the title of Lancashire’s ‘Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year’. Top Class Tuition believe in the abilities of children in Blackpool and provide a broad range of specialist support to help improve attainment and engagement with English and Literacy. Services include bespoke tuition, targeted interventions in schools, private tuition, staff training, feedback and educational advice on the new English GCSE curriculum.

Top Class Tuition primarily works with disadvantaged and vulnerable teenagers in the Blackpool area, offering interventions to pupils who are disengaged with school, pupils who have been excluded from school or have medical issues. Their community projects benefit a wide range of young people as our focus is to inspire an appreciation of English.
 

“We have worked tirelessly over the last year to build up a business identity that has community at its heart”

 

As a social enterprise, all income generated is invested into the young people of Blackpool through projects which further promote skills. Director Katherine Atha said “This award is testament to our commitment to improving English and Literacy skills for young people in Blackpool. We are delighted and surprised to have won! We have worked tirelessly over the last year to build up a business identity that has community at its heart and we would like to thank ‘Get Started’ and ‘Social Enterprise Solutions’ for their invaluable advice and support.”

Just last week, Top Class Tuition announced that they have been selected to work with the global business, Ernst and Young to support their growth and social mission. 

The award was sponsored and presented by Maureen Fazal and Paula Gamester from The Sewing Rooms in Skelmersdale. Paula said “The Sewing Rooms’ first award was Start Up of the Year in 2011. It gave us recognition and credibility and since then we have gone on from strength to strength. It is important to us to show solidarity and support to new up and coming social innovators and celebrate their achievements, as we were once in their position.”


For more about Top Class Tuition visit http://www.topclasstuitionuk.co.uk/


Category Finalists:
Made In Haslingden and The Growing Club CIC

 


 

2018 Small Social Enterprise of the Year

 

Preston Vocational Centre recognised for impact in “Building Skills and Building Futures”.

Preston Vocational Centre (PVC) provides young people with the skills and qualifications to allow them to progress in their adult working lives.

Preston Vocational Centre was set up in 2009 and offers an inclusive learning environment around construction themed courses. Courses are focussed on the needs of learners and supports their progression into new opportunities and the world of work.

They have now supported over 5500 beneficiaries to undertake construction-related courses and have just been awarded the title of Lancashire’s ‘Small Social Enterprise of the Year’.
 

“We are thrilled to have won – this a huge achievement for us and we’re so pleased that the hard work of our staff and students has been recognised”

 

Preston Vocational Centre is a subsidiary of social housing provider Community Gateway Association.

PVC have recently widened their geographical footprint across Lancashire with the development of new partnerships with schools in nine local authority areas. We have also continued to support grassroots organisations by continuing to deliver a number of community projects, which benefit the local community while enabling our learners to gain real life work experience.

The award was presented by Margaret Porter of Unity Trust Bank.


Category Finalists:
Artz for All C.I.C, In Di Go and U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)

 


 

2018 Enabling Ability Award

 

Artz for All, based at the Artz Centre in Skelmersdale, have been recognised for their impact in Enabling Ability.

Skelmersdale has significantly higher numbers of children and young people compared to the rest of Lancashire, with almost 40% of 0-15 year olds living in income-deprived households – almost double the national average.

Despite elevated levels of economic and social deprivation, Artz for All are helping young people across Skelmersdale to look forward to a future that is decorated with ambition, no matter what. Up to 260 individual local young people are able to access an affordable, regular timetable of arts-related sessions in drama, dance and singing each week. The purpose of these services however, goes beyond the teaching of the arts; Artz students are fundamentally encouraged to raise their aspirations, dream big and grow as confident and capable citizens of their wider community.

The Artz Centre prides itself on providing a vibrant, engaging and safe community venue that sets out to develop, nurture and challenge disadvantaged individuals of all ages from the local community, encouraging them to turn their negative experiences into positive outcomes.

The Centre’s motto recognises that “It’s good to be different” and everyone who walks through their doors is encouraged to Aim High, Work Hard, Take Pride, Have Respect and Be Yourself.
 

“We were delighted to have won the award for ‘Enabling Ability’ as that is exactly what we have been doing for the past 5 years”

 

“We were delighted to have won the award for ‘Enabling Ability’ as that is exactly what we have been doing for the past 5 years,” said Director Mark Ashton. “It was great to have the work of our team and our young people recognised at such a great event and in the company of such great Social Enterprises”.

The category was presented by NatWest in association with the Skills and Opportunities Fund. Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager, NatWest Business Banking said “It was an honour to represent NatWest and to show our support and recognition of the work that social enterprises deliver across Lancashire. Enabling Ability is the theme at the heart of our Skills and Opportunities programme, where we are working with Selnet to raise the profile of social enterprise careers and self-employment –  so it was a great category to present.  I wish Artz for All, all the winners and nominees every success for the future.”


Category Finalists:
The Birchwood Centre, The Growing Club CIC and U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)

 


 

2018 Volunteer of the Year

 

The Volunteer of the Year category received an unprecedented number of nominations at the Enterprise in Society Awards. Selnet CEO Liz Tapner presented the award to Sarah Harrison who is a volunteer for Lancashire’s Women’s Centres.

Lancashire Women’s Centres work with all women but typically support those experiencing multiple and often complex needs including mental ill health, low confidence, offending behaviour and poverty.  Their ‘One Stop Shop model’ provides a female-only safe space for women, reducing the need to access multiple agencies, which can be traumatic or even impossible to navigate.

Sarah is based at the social enterprise’s Blackpool Centre and was nominated for using her skills, life experiences and spare time to support others.

Sarah’s relationship with Lancashire Womens Centres began when she accessed a learning programme in 2015. Sarah did not speak for the first 5 weeks as she had no confidence, but worked hard to overcome a number of challenges, including becoming a mum at a young age, caring for her four children, one of whom has additional needs, and experiences of domestic abuse and mental-ill health.

Sarah now volunteers on the MindFit programme – a group therapeutic course, providing support to other learners.  She is a trained mentor supporting women on a 1-1 basis on issues such as housing, domestic abuse, or accessing training. She also leads an arts and crafts peer support group which meets weekly and works to improve emotional wellbeing and reduces social exclusion.

 

“Sarah is a strong role model for other women, and they hugely value her support.”

 

The Centre Manager said “Women accessing our organisation’s services place great value in the ability to be able to build a relationship with those supporting them, and in feeling that staff and volunteers understand and can relate to their experience without judgement.  Sarah is a strong role model for other women, and they hugely value her support.

Sarah shows great encouragement to other women at the centre, encouraging women to develop ambitions and consider their next steps. Our volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the community is embedded in our work, enables us to reach more women and bring on board vital skills and knowledge. Sarah thoroughly deserves this award for all her dedication, inspiration and growth within our organisation. We couldn’t be more proud of this recognition and thankful of her support.”

“What a shock it was to win volunteer of the year! I thought I was attending to support Lancashire Women’s Centres, and was completely surprised when I saw my name up for an award. I don’t think it’s actually sunk in yet, I can’t believe I actually won. Thank you to you everyone at Lancashire Women’s Centres and Selnet for your support.”

Lancashire Women’s Centres were also crowned Social Enterprise of the Year at the event. Their Centres are located across Lancashire, working in communities of greatest need including Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley, Blackpool and Preston.


Highly Commended:
Norma Rodgers (Spiral Health CIC)
Category Finalists: Alex Kent (The Birchwood Centre), Amanda Shepherd (Spring into Action), Callum Lea (The Birchwood Centre), David Smith (UR Potential), Ian Wheelan (The Birchwood Centre), Farmeen Akhtar (Advocacy Focus) and Pip Brodest (Spring into Action)

 


 

2018 Excellence in Training & Mentoring Award

 

The Sewing Rooms’ impact in transforming the lives of women, older people and refugees has been recognised with the Excellence in Training and Mentoring award at the Enterprise in Society Awards.

The Sewing Rooms is a small social enterprise based in Skelmersdale. The company is led by social entrepreneurs Paula Gamester and Maureen Fazal, who developed a unique business model;  that has now replicated in Halton Merseyside, and will soon be established in Devon and Cornwall through the Transform Ageing initiative (supported by the Design Council, Big Lottery and Unltd).

From their manufacturing department that makes curtains and soft furnishings for IKEA and private customers, The Sewing Rooms built a relationship with IKEA. They now provide sewing and creative activities within their stores of Warrington and Manchester Ashton Under Lyne throughout the year, using this fantastic opportunity to promote The Sewing Rooms to a wider audience/potential clients, to provides work for our staff and to generate profits to reinvest into social impact activities in Skelmersdale.

The Sew Fab Academy is the enterprise’s training department that offers popular private sewing lessons and Upholstery courses.

The Sewing Rooms engage with individuals facing multiple and complex barriers and have helped participants improve their skills and employability prospects. Two have gone into employment and the Directors are actively measuring their social impact and the progression of individuals supported through their Building Better Opportunities project work.

The income and profits generated from our diverse income streams provide skills training and resilience training for the most disadvantaged in our community.

Skelmersdale’s Sewing Rooms provide training and a safe place for a cohort of women over 50, this initiative is called the SILVER SEWERS and started 4 years ago benefitting over 60 women. This initiative has developed into a number of great community and intergenerational activities.

The company has worked with over 40 refugees, providing mindful sewing and a safe environment to connect with other women and learn new skills and enhance their English vocabulary.

Working with Talent Match and the Birchwood Centre, in this past year The Sewing Rooms have provided skills training and wellbeing initiatives for 35 young homeless  with multiple complex needs and issues. By helping them to move forward with their lives, this particular programme delivered  91% success rate whereby nearly all participants went onto full time employment or self employment.

We also deliver numerous one off social interventions in the town our latest being Age of Inspiration a wellbeing and resilience event that will help individuals over the age of 50 to stay connected and stay well.

“We are all thrilled and honoured to have won the Excellence in Training and Mentoring Award! It meant so much to us because we strive to ensure our training courses really do inspire the next generation of sewers, designers and upholsterers”

The Award was sponsored and presented by Recycling Lives. Commercial Manager David Allen said “As a Lancashire-based social business we understand the importance of social enterprise.  We sponsor the Enterprise in Society Awards to show our support for the sector and ensure social enterprises and individuals across Lancashire achieve the recognition they deserve”

For more about The Sewing Rooms visit www.the-sewing-rooms.co.uk/ 

Highly Commended: Newground CIC
Category Finalists: Lancashire Women’s Centres and The Growing Club CIC

 


 

2018 Most Effective Collaboration

 

The Birchwood Centre has been recognised for excellence in collaboration at the annual Enterprise in Society Awards.

As a social enterprise, Birchwood support vulnerable homeless or young people at risk of homelessness in the Skelmersdale and wider Lancashire area. Life is hard for many in Skelmersdale, with higher levels of deprivation at all stages of life.   An area experiencing high levels of economic and social deprivation; high unemployment, limited opportunities for work and welfare reforms has impacted on many families. It is unsurprising that there are many vulnerable young people whose lives have been impacted the wrong way by family breakdown, poverty, drugs, mental health and lack of opportunity and hope for the future.

 

“Navigating Safe Pathways”

 

Birchwood provides vital accommodation for very vulnerable young people at critical points in their lives, facing a complex mix of challenges and disadvantages, to help them navigate safe pathways through to adulthood.  Underpinning this is a range of individually tailored support services to meet the needs of each young person, Birchwood provide a warm and nurturing environment that inspires, challenges, encourages and enables; supporting them to take responsibility and to become thriving, self-sufficient citizens.

Birchwood’s approach focuses on individual strengths, capabilities and talents.  Our commitment to building trusting relationships with young people, families, and partners allows us to break down barriers, assess and identify needs using various methods and techniques over a significant period; enabling transformation and change to occur at key transition points in their lives. We have evidence that clearly demonstrates the impact our work has on securing and sustaining employment, education, training, volunteering, mental and physical health, confidence, self-esteem and aspirational building.

Having worked in the local community for 40 years, the organisation is committed to improving the lives of young people, families and the local community. Their aim is to prevent youth homelessness and social isolation by empowering young people to make positive and informed choices supporting them to take responsibility and to become thriving, self-sufficient citizens.

Birchwood’s approach and commitment to changing the lives of young people has gained Birchwood a reputation as a locally rooted, credible and capable organisation well positioned to target services, engage with the most vulnerable and respond creatively to the needs of the local community.

“This has been an exciting year for Birchwood. We are absolutely delighted to have won the Most Effective Collaboration award! This recognition means everything to our trustees, staff and volunteers who demonstrate diligence, commitment and drive on a daily basis which impacts widely on the lives of vulnerable individuals.”

“We continue to strive for excellence, maintaining the passion and determination to pursue our social mission: ensuring young people and vulnerable individuals have the opportunity to thrive and grow. It is a great achievement and we feel extremely proud “

Birchwood is a growing and ambitious organisation taking the lead in innovation and forward thinking.  Birchwood have contracts with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust to provide Mental Health Crisis beds & support, a new 10-bedded facility in partnership with Tanhouse Community Enterprise an employability programme with Re-Vision Charity and the Job Centre.

Birchwood’s commitment to measuring and demonstrating impact has secured long term funding from foundations to develop and sustain core services and to develop our thriving Junk Food Café and Birchwood Counselling Services. We are delighted to announce that Birchwood have recently been awarded the highly prestigious national GSK Impact Award for our work to improve community health.

 

“Leading Lights”

 

The award was presented by Social Enterprise UK CEO, Peter Holbrook who said “Social enterprises like Artz for All, The Sewing Rooms and Preston Vocational Centre bring innovation and impact together brilliantly whilst organisations such as the Birchwood Centre and Lancashire Women’s Centres are leading lights in how civil society organisations can embrace social enterprise and yet retain their values, services and character.”

Highly Commended: Bootstrap Enterprises / Community Clothing
Category Finalists: Artz for All C.I.C, Lancashire Women’s Centres and Urban Organic (UK) CIC

 


 

2018 Social Enterprise of the Year

 

Lancashire Women’s Centres have been recognised as Social Enterprise of the Year for 2018 at the Enterprise in Society Awards in Blackpool.

Lancashire Women’s Centres work with all women but typically support those experiencing multiple and often complex needs including mental ill health, low confidence, offending behaviour and poverty.  Their ‘One Stop Shop model’ provides a female-only safe space for women, reducing the need to access multiple agencies, which can be traumatic or even impossible to navigate. 

“We are proud and delighted to have been crowned Social Enterprise of the Year!  We couldn’t wait to share the news with the rest of our team.

“Lancashire Women’s Centres are here for all women, working to ensure that they can achieve their potential, develop their skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives. We are committed to innovation, collaboration and creativity to achieve real and lasting change for the lives of women across Lancashire.

We are committed to the continual innovation in service design and delivery in the next 12 months. Furthermore, we recognise the significant value of collaboration and creativity as the best route to achieving real and lasting change for the lives of women.  We work with partners from all sectors, regionally and nationally to share learning and best practice.”

 

Every Woman Counts   #EveryWomanCounts

 

We believe that Every Woman Counts, with this ethos guiding all services. Our vision is that women, and their families, in the communities we serve are able to achieve their potential, develop their assets and skills and live safe, healthy and prosperous lives.

Lancashire Women’s Centres was established in 1982 in response to tackle high infant mortality rates in Blackburn. Since then their women-led organisation has continued to develop and evolve to respond effectively to the needs of women in Lancashire, expanding from one centre in Blackburn to a network of five centres across the county.

Lancashire Women’s Centres are committed to continual innovation and recognise the significant value of collaboration and creativity as the best route to achieving real and lasting change for the lives of women.

From their network of five female-only centres across the county offering a range of support services for all women across four main programme areas:

  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Women at Risk – supporting women in the Criminal Justice Service
  • Employment, advice and guidance
  • Skills and learning

Volunteer of the Year

Lancashire Women’s Centres’ volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the community is embedded in their work, enabling them to reach more women and bring on board vital skills and knowledge. Sarah Harrison, a voluntary member of team was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication, inspiration and growth within the organisation.

The Centre Manager said “Women accessing our organisation’s services place great value in the ability to be able to build a relationship with those supporting them, and in feeling that staff and volunteers understand and can relate to their experience without judgement.  Sarah is a strong role model for other women, and they hugely value her support.”

Highly Commended: INTACT
Finalists: In Di Go, Social Enterprise Solutions CIC, Urban Organic (UK) CIC and URPotential

 


 

2018 Social Enterprise Champion

 

Each year, Lancashire’s Enterprise in Society Awards celebrates the outstanding contributions of one individual to social enterprise in Lancashire – and our 2018 Social Enterprise Champion award was presented to Diane Marie Price MBE, the Founder and Director of InDiGo.

InDiGo works with disabled children young people 0-25 years old and their families who are under pressure from the situations they find themselves in. Diane’s vision is a society where all children and young people with a disability are able to realise their goals and aspirations, with a right to community inclusive activities and services that support them and their families.

InDiGo was founded on Diane’s real life experiences of bringing up a son with Autism and ADHD. She has the greatest empathy for families with children with disabilities and founded InDiGo from a passion to help others in similar situations to improve their lives.

InDiGo makes a difference to the lives of disabled children/young people families and their siblings, providing families with short breaks. The children are cared for by volunteers who have been carefully chosen to look after them, creating a bond of trust, understanding. This encourages parents to expand the inclusion services available to them. Some have never been swimming, so for a child with a disability to go into the water can be a rewarding achievement.

InDiGo also provide advocacy services, offering support, encouragement and empowerment for parents and carers at meetings with social care, health, education or welfare meetings and supports them with forms and letters.

The service has been in operation for 6 years and through Diane’s work driving the service forward it has successfully achieved funding from various charitable organisations, bringing benefits the too socially deprived areas where parents face the barriers such as social isolation, financial restraint and educational limitations themselves.

 

“I hope that other social enterprises will be inspired to achieve their dreams and aspirations”

 

“I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people with a disability, and their families.  To be named Social Enterprise Champion 2018 is a true honour. Myself and the In Di Go team are absolutely delighted and feel this is a genuine reward for all InDiGo has achieved.

“The support and help from Selnet has enabled me to achieve my goals – I hope that other social enterprises will be inspired by In Di Go to achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

For more about the work of InDiGo visit www.myindigoworld.org.uk/

 


 

 

Photos from the night

 

 

Thanks again to our sponsors

 

 

 

www.awards.selnet-uk.com

 

 

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Financial Capability Tender Opportunity

You are invited to submit a tender for the Provision of Financial Capability Support for Building Better Opportunities(BBO) Projects for Lancashire. Selnet Ltd wishes to appoint a delivery partner who can clearly demonstrate the ability to meet our requirements and who offers the most economically advantageous tender.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced organisation/s to provide specialist support to improve a participant’s financial capabilities from each of the three projects. Projects; Age of Opportunity, Invest in Youth and Changing Futures work across the whole of Lancashire. Our projects have been in operation for approximately 18 months and during this time it has become evident that a significant proportion of BBO participants are experiencing exclusion from the labour market due to financial limitations. These relate to the participants personal financial situation or financial capabilities, and as such these circumstances act as a barrier to progression for the individual.

Proposals are sought from organisation/s that can support this important function helping participants remove barriers which present a major obstacle to them. Financial barriers often relate to the balance between benefits and employment income, poor financial management and debt, and in many cases need access to affordable care provision for dependants. The successful bidder will provide participants with skills, knowledge and ability to manage or understand their financial situation better and in some cases help them to make the transition into work and then budget accordingly.

The opportunity is advertised on The Chest:

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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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The Lancashire Social Enterprise Project

At Selnet we specialise in social enterprises; business models that help to address social problems. We provide information, training and networking opportunities for our members across Lancashire, including guidance from qualified business advisors and workshops on important business topics.

Through the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund we are able to 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 will provide support across the county, particularly in deprived areas, for people looking to set up their own enterprises and to promote social enterprise and self-employment as alternatives to the traditional labour market.

From April 2018, we will be running sessions to explore opportunities both within self-employment and social enterprise careers, and run business skills workshops to small groups. Those interested in pursuing a business idea will receive 1:1 development and start up support from a chartered business advisor.

For more information and how to participate please email opportunities@selnet-uk.com and join us on social media for events and updates!

 

Thank you to NatWest for funding this project.

 

 

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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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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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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2018 and the winners are…

 

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

Winner
Top Class Tuition UK

 

Finalists
Made In Haslingden
The Growing Club CIC

 

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year

Winner
Preston Vocational Centre

 

Finalists
Artz for All C.I.C
In Di Go
U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)

 

 

Enabling Ability Award

Winner 
Artz for All C.I.C

 

Finalists
The Birchwood Centre
The Growing Club CIC
U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)

 

 

Volunteer of the Year

Winner
Sarah Harrison (Lancashire Women’s Centres)

Highly Commended
Norma Rodgers (Spiral Health CIC

 

Finalists
Alex Kent (The Birchwood Centre
Amanda Shepherd (Spring into Action
Callum Lea (The Birchwood Centre
David Smith (UR Potential
Ian Wheelan (The Birchwood Centre
Farmeen Akhtar (Advocacy Focus
Pip Brodest (Spring into Action)

 

 

Excellence in Training or Mentoring

Winner
The Sewing Rooms

Highly Commended
Newground CIC

 

Finalists
Lancashire Women’s Centres
The Growing Club CIC

 

 

Most Effective Collaboration

Winner
The Birchwood Centre

Highly Commended
Bootstrap Enterprises / Community Clothing

 

Finalists
Artz for All C.I.C
Lancashire Women’s Centres
Urban Organic (UK) CIC

 

 

Social Enterprise of the Year

Winner
Lancashire Women’s Centres

Highly Commended
INTACT

 

Finalists
In Di Go
Social Enterprise Solutions CIC
Urban Organic (UK) CIC
URPotential

 

 

Social Enterprise Champion 2018

Winner
Diane Price MBE (In Di Go)

Finalists
Patt Trow (Social Enterprise Solutions CIC)
Paula Gamester (The Sewing Rooms)

 

Photos from the night (click me)

 

 

Thanks again to our sponsors

 

 

 

www.awards.selnet-uk.com

 

 

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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2017 – And the winners are…

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2017 Enterprise in Society Awards

 

 Enabling Ability Award
sponsored by
Media Village

Winner
THOMAS

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

 

Environmental Champion of the Year
sponsored by
Recycling Lives

Winner
SAMS

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

 

Excellence in Training or Mentoring
sponsored by
Periscope Productions

Winner
Advocacy Focus

Finalists
Best at Solutions CIC
Lancashire Equalities

 

Most Effective Collaboration
sponsored by
Bootstrap Enterprises

Winner
The Sewing Rooms

Highly Commended
CANW

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

 

Small Social Enterprise of the Year
sponsored by
Unity Trust Bank

Winner
Dig In North West cic

Finalists
Preston Vocational Centre
SEED / Breathe Therapies
Strawberry Fields Training
Wonderful Things

 

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

Winner
Spring into Phab

Finalists
Podio Magazine
SHAPE Lancashire
The Dog Inn

 

Social Enterprise of the Year
sponsored by
HR Savvy

Winner
UR Potential

Highly Commended
Urban Organic (UK) CIC

Finalists
Age Concern Central Lancashire
Castle Supported Living
In Di Go
Reachout Darwen

 

Volunteer of the Year

Winner
Jackie Leeming (n-compass)

Finalists
Dorothy Vose (Age Concern CL)
Wonderful Things Youth Volunteer Team

 

Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2017
sponsored by
First Ark

Winner
Peter Green (Integrate (Preston & Chorley) Ltd)

Finalists
Alistair Clarke (Tick the Publicity Box)
Deborah Terras (UR Potential)

 

Photos Coming Soon!

 

Thanks Again To Our Sponsors

 

“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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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: 
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu

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

 

Link to Application and Annexes:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/european-structural-and-investment-funds-outline-application

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 Shabana.Patel@lancashire.gov.uk.

If you have any further queries please contact John Hacking:
john.hacking@networkforeurope.eu  

or Liz Tapner at SELNET by emailing – liz@selnet-uk.com.

 

 

 

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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.

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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 alistair@socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk.

 

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