Shortlist announced for the Selnet Enterprise In Society Awards 2018.

After a flurry of nominations, the shortlist has now been announced for the Selnet Enterprise In Society Awards 2018. The winners will be announced at a glitzy dinner at Blackpool’s Devere hotel on May 4th with entertainment on the evening from Britain’s Got Talent finalist, James Edgington and his band Off The Edge.

Companies that work for the social good have applied for the awards from across Lancashire, including Blackpool, Skelmersdale, Blackburn and central Lancashire. And the work they undertake to benefit the community includes helping vulnerable people, improving the local environment, projects that help ex-offenders, women in society and the arts.

Now a panel of judges have the painstaking task of choosing a winner in each category, including deciding on Lancashire’s Social Enterprise of the Year and its Social Enterprise Champion.

Lancashire’s social enterprise awards are different than other similar business awards as they also reward the army of volunteers who are the lifeblood of the third sector.

Selnet chief executive, Liz Tapner, said: “It is the highlight of our year and a great achievement for all those who have been shortlisted to be recognised for their work.

“The awards dinner is a great opportunity for networking, catching up with partner organisations and meeting key people in the sector so I urge everyone to get their tickets now.”


For details of how to purchase tickets check the website or call Selnet on 01772 200690 to reserve your space.



The 2018 Finalists


Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year

Made In Haslingden

The Growing Club CIC

Top Class Tuition UK



Small Social Enterprise of the Year

Artz for All C.I.C

In Di Go

Preston Vocational Centre

U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)



Enabling Ability Award

Artz for All C.I.C

The Birchwood Centre

The Growing Club CIC

U-Night Group (Meet’n’Match)



Volunteer of the Year

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)

Norma Rodgers (Spiral Health CIC)

Pip Brodest (Spring into Action)

Sarah Harrison (Lancashire Women’s Centres)



Excellence in Training or Mentoring

Lancashire Women’s Centres

Newground CIC

The Growing Club CIC

The Sewing Rooms



Most Effective Collaboration

Artz for All C.I.C

Bootstrap Enterprises / Community Clothing

Lancashire Women’s Centres

The Birchwood Centre

Urban Organic (UK) CIC



Social Enterprise of the Year

In Di Go


Lancashire Women’s Centres

Social Enterprise Solutions CIC

Urban Organic (UK) CIC




Social Enterprise Champion 2018

Diane Price OBE (In Di Go)

Patt Trow (Social Enterprise Solutions CIC)

Paula Gamester (The Sewing Rooms)



Best of luck to all of these amazing businesses and individuals




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