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Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

If you’ve got an idea for a project to improve your local community, this programme can help make it happen.

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We’re offering a fully funded year of learning and a grant to help you get started on a new idea or scale up an existing social enterprise.

During the programme you will develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

The programme is incredibly practical and students can expect to learn from their peers, build new networks and be challenged by practitioners.


The programme is split into Start Up and Scale Up:

Both programmes offer:

  • Fully funded 14 day learning programme
  • Grant (either £4,000 or £15,000)
  • Mentor from Lloyds Bank/ Bank of Scotland

Start Up will get your new project or idea off to a flying start.

Scale Up will help you grow an established social enterprise.

 

Find out more

 

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European Structural Investment Framework for Lancashire

pdf EU Structural and Investment Funds Strategy for Lancashire Final – 31-01-14 LEP Board


The European Structural Investment Framework outlines how funds will be used to 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.

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet Ltd and a ONE Lancashire Director along with consultations from the wider sector has represented the Social Enterprise and Third Sector and this is where the process is at to date.


LCC notes:

Please find attached the copy of the ESIF 31st January 2014 Submission, This document has gone to the National Growth Board and comments and feedback will be issued. Therefore the document is likely to change between now and possible national endorsement/approval in May 2014.

Once we have feedback and have been given more detail on the processes for selecting projects, etc we will arrange a further stakeholder event to discuss the implementation of the ESIF (in the context of the ERDF/ESF/EAFRD national Operational programmes).

 

 

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Our Place | My Community Rights

Our Place now open

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We’re excited to let you know that Locality and partners are now accepting applications for the Our Place programme.

 
From 20 January, the eligibility checker and guidance notes are on the My Community Rights website.

 
This £4.3m programme of support and grants will help areas working to transform local public services.

Locality, the Local Government Association and delivery associates are supporting at least 100 areas as they work towards making services in their neighbourhoods such as adult social care, health or employment better for all.

Apply early – we’re expecting a large number of applications so we recommend that you submit your application in good time.

Am I eligible? If you’re an incorporated body, parish or town council, public service provider or local authority in England you will be able to apply.*

There are plenty of resources to help you with your application such as the Starter Pack, insights from the pilot organisations and top ten tips for success.

See our FAQs for the questions we’ve been responding to over recent weeks.

You can contact us through the advice service if you have further questions.

 
When you’re ready to apply, please contact us through the Apply page of:
mycommunityrights.org.uk/our-place

We look forward to helping you make a difference in your area!

 

*Please note that we are not able to provide grants for capital projects or running costs which relate to a specific building or an individual organisation’s service / activity.

 

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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 www.sibgroup.org.uk/lif.

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.


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Selnet chief meets Nick Hurd MP to represent Lancashire’s Third Sector

Liz Tapner, Chief Executive of Selnet Ltd (Social Enterprise Lancashire Network) was asked to represent the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) at a ministerial visit at St Georges Hall on 23rd January 2014 to launch the Liverpool City Region pilot of The Social Investment Business (SIB) Local Impact Fund. It’s aim to offer simple unsecured finance and investment readiness support to charities and Social Enterprises in the Liverpool City area. There are 2 pilots as part of the current EU programme Liverpool and Northamptonshire.

A group of LEP representatives from across the North West had a private meeting with Chair at SIB Sir Stephen Bubb and Nick Hurd MP who gave recognition to the economic significance of the Third Sector as a growing and viable sector that needs affordable long-term finance.

Mr Hurd also acknowledged, the need for local staged investment and the value of the representatives local knowledge and intelligence to enable then to meet real local issues & needs

Questions from the session included how the LEPs are planning to support social enterprise as part of their economic growth strategy? To this Liz Tapner was able to respond that she has been working with the LEPs Technical Assistance Group who are currently writing Lancashire EU Structural Investment Funds Strategy (ESIF) enabling them to consult with Third Sector front line service delivery organisations and their support agencies.

Liverpool City Region is showing great leadership in supporting the social sector by setting up a Local Impact Fund, how does Lancashire plan to provide similar opportunities? Through strong partnerships with Social Enterprise North West, Selnet, ONE Lancashire and her position within the Technical Assistance Group, Liz is championing ongoing support and investment to the Social Enterprise Sector in Lancashire and is keen to work with the Social Investment Business and the LEP to include setting up a Local Impact Fund amongst other initiatives.

Read the following post Third Sector Representation in Lancashire’s Growth Plans to find out more about Lancashire’s growth development plans and how our sector is being represented.


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Sir Stephen Bubb – Chair Social Investment Business, Aidan Manley – CEO Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Liz Tapner – CEO Selnet / Representing Lancashire LEP, Nick Hurd MP – Minister for Civil Society, Kevin Janes – Cheshire & Warrington SE Partnership / Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Angeliki Stogia – European Officer Network for Europe, Karen Tierney – Acting Deputy Director New Economy/Adviser to Greater Manchester LEP , Dr Pernille Kousgaard – Liverpool City Region LEP

 

 

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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards Winners


A GLITTERING NIGHT FOR LANCASHIRE’S SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

Lancashire’s army of social entrepreneurs were out in force at the annual Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2013.

The glittering event was held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel at Clayton le Moors on December 5th and is one of the largest awards ceremonies for social enterprise in the country.

Hundreds of people from social businesses across Lancashire were vying for top position in categories such as Excellence in Training, Large Social Enterprise of the Year and the ultimate crown of being Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2013.

Now in its fourth year and building every year, the awards attracted support from key partners including Recycling Lives, Unity Bank, Regenerate Pennine Lancashire, The Key Fund and SENW.

The main winners on the night were:
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