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Selnet’s Enterprise in Society Awards 2018 Nominations Open


Celebrating the very best in social enterprise across Lancashire the annual Selnet Enterprise In Society Awards return in May 2018 and this year will be staged at the fabulous De Vere Hotel in Blackpool. 

The glittering occasion, now in its eighth year, sees social enterprises compete in a wide range of categories for the honour and pride of being recognised by their peers.


Nominate for an Enterprise in Society Award

Winning a Selnet Enterprise In Society Award is a huge boost for your Social Enterprise! Imagine the effect on staff morale and how it can improve your standing in the sector.

To nominate your organisation or an individual simply download a form below and return by the closing date of Friday 23rd March to awards@selnet-uk.com.

Awards Categories

Start-up Social Enterprise of the Year Small Social Enterprise of the Year
Enabling Ability Award Volunteer of the Year
Most Effective Partnership Excellence in Training or Mentoring
Environmental Champion of the Year Social Enterprise of the Year
Lancashire’s Social Enterprise Champion 2018 

Full category guidelines are available here.


Download a Nomination Form

Word   Selnet Awards 2018 – Nomination Form


Book Now

Whether you’re nominating for an award or not, the Selnet Awards are always a fantastic night. It’s a great opportunity to meet other social enterprises, key decision makers and sponsors from across Lancashire, network and share ideas. Plus great entertainment, a fabulous meal and, of course, the ceremony itself.

To book, either head over to our dedicated awards website and use the booking portal or contact awards@selnet-uk.com stating the number of tickets required and who to invoice.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Our Sponsors

Selnet are thrilled to have the First Ark group back as headline sponsors of the 2018 Enterprise in Society Awards. Showing their commitment to our sector in Lancashire and supporting our vibrant network of social businesses and the amazing work they do in Lancashire’s communities.

“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

Looking to sponsor a Selnet Award? Click here for more information.





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Building Better Opportunities Lancashire

Building Better Opportunities is a national programme from The Big Lottery Fund who are matching funds from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 to invest in local projects tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion and driving local jobs and growth.

Selnet is leading three partnerships of over 60 primarily Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise Organisations to deliver specialist support for key groups across Lancashire. Over three years, 3270 disadvantaged people will benefit from support tailored to their individual needs and interests to overcome complex barriers and move towards work and training.

Perhaps one of our projects could help you or someone you know?

Selnet’s Role

Selnet led a 12-month process of developing three Lancashire-wide partnerships to provide specialist employability and skills support to disadvantaged people. Two projects began in August 2016; the ‘Age of Opportunity’, supports the over-50s, and ‘Invest in Youth’, supports young people aged 15-24. The third project, ‘Changing Futures’, began in February 2017 and supports people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. 

To find out more, click on the links below to visit the project pages:







More Information on European Funding in Lancashire

The 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme provides funds to help local areas stimulate growth. The funds support investment in innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs.

A single ESIF Growth Programme has been set up to combine three separate European Funds. The Growth Programme provides funding to help projects in England that create jobs and economic growth.

For more information:

Lancashire LEP developed arrangements to ‘opt-in’ to the Big Lottery Fund to enable Lancashire to build a strong foundation for social inclusion programmes. This resulted in a £12.5m project for Lancashire in Building Better Opportunities joint funded by The Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund that will encompass 5 Lancashire projects.

Read more here:





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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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This trade directory aims to showcase the range of services on offer from Selnet members, categorised into their specialist areas. We hope that it will help you to engage easier with individual organisations.

You may for example be, a procurement officer for a local authority looking to take the lead in engaging with the Third Sector or perhaps, a fellow Social Enterprise seeking a partner to form a consortium that will enable your to bid for a larger project. Either way, you should find all the information you require in this directory.


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Business Accommodation

Business & Legal Services


Community Support & Centres

Community Transport

Creative, Media & IT

Design & Print

Employability, Education & Training

Enterprise Support

Environmental & Recycling

Financial Services

Health & Social Care


Housing Associations

Retail & Manufacturing